Category Mental Health

New! Beautifully Happy Advice Column

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Hi ladies!

The BeautifullyHappy blog has been on hiatus for a bit, but I’m ramping it back up with a fun, interactive endeavor… the BeautifullyHappy Advice Column. A few of the emails I’ve received, and the responses I’ve made, feel like they might be too universal not to share.

Email your questions and concerns to contact@beautifullyhappy.com. You can ask about beauty tips,  household hints or relationship concerns – whether it’s your boss, your sister, your child or your significant other. I’ll do our best to research your concerns and provide the best advice possible. Readers, you’ll be able to chime in, too, in the comments section.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Submit a question here.

Our first question comes from J...

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Depression: Anger turned inwards

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Depression can be caused by a lot of things – generally, though, it’s some sort of loss. Loss of a job. Loss of a loved one. Loss of a relationship.

And sometimes it’s simply the loss of ourselves.

Many of us, especially women, have a tough time maintaining boundaries. Boundaries are what define us… what separate us from others. They help  us feel safe. Heard. Respected.

How good are you at maintaining boundaries? See how many of the following apply to you:

  • I often agree to do things I don’t really want to do.
  • I have trouble asserting myself.
  • I find myself feeling disrespected at work or in my personal relationships.
  • When I do speak up for myself, others accuse me of being “too sensitive”… and I believe them and try to correct ...
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Have you fed your soul today?

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WOMEN.

We nurture. We love. We care. We take care of others. We do so many things without complaint. It is our strength… our quiet beauty. If I could hug you right now, I would… just because you’re a woman and I KNOW what you do. Because I do it, too.

You beautiful, caring creature… please stop for a moment and ask yourself how long it’s been since you FED YOUR OWN SOULl?

Volunteering and nurturing can fill us up and those things do so beautifully… to a point. But at some point we must recharge. We have to balance the giving to others with the giving that we do for ourselves.

Will you take a brief moment from your hectic day and do something, right now, for yourself?

Ask yourself: WHAT IS IT THAT FEEDS YOUR SOUL? Is it music? Art? Humor? Pets? Spirituality? Nature? What are your interests...

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Dating Nightmares… The “Hey You” text

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We’ve all been there… a guy comes on to us, drops a decent pickup line. He’s sexy, he’s charming, he’s alarmingly single. Yeah… Alarmingly. Why is a guy like THIS single?

He takes us out. He’s attentive, attractive… what’s not to like? He calls us for another date, then another. We’re trying to be cautious, but we’re hooked.

Then one day he promises to call. And doesn’t. We wait. And wait. And wait. We really do have more self-respect than this. Honest. It’s just that he’s SO damned hot. And he really seemed to be as into us as we (reluctantly) were into him. We wait some more. He still doesn’t call. Finally, we swallow our pride and send a text… “Hi. How was your day? :)”

We wait for the response.

No response.

“Aw, crap,” we think. “I shouldn’t have texted him...

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Happiness Tip: Living in the Moment

Category: HappinessMental HealthMotherhood

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Facebook, email, iPhones, work, soccer practice (if you have little ones), holidays, plans for the weekend, meetings, deadlines, the movie you forgot to return to Redbox, the commercial interrupting your favorite show… every day, our attention is split in hundreds, if not thousands, of directions by momentary distractions. Even this blog post is one, but hopefully one that will help put things in perspective, so please read on. 😉

For just a moment, take a deep breath (did you?) and put yourself in a day long ago, in the days before technology, before cars and phones and computers. It’s a day when we were hunter/gatherers, when all we had to focus on was survival. You awake in the morning, stretch, feel the breeze on your skin and the sun on your face...

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