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Healthy Habit: The Power of Positive Self-Talk

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

The pandemic continues to drag on, and experts tell us that, in all likelihood, we won’t be back to “normal” for another nine to 12 months. Even though it is tough to think about that, there is a way for us to fight anxiety and depression every day.

First of all, we have a choice. Each day we can choose to be positive. That may sound like a flip remark, but it is actually true. More importantly, we can choose to talk to ourselves positively, making it a daily habit.

Let me explain. While we may never focus on the self-talk in our heads every day, it is essential to focus on it now. And one way to check to see if you talk positively or negatively to yourself is simple. Ask yourself, “Would you ever talk to anyone else the way you talk to yourself?”

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Recognizing Mental Health Issues: What to Say and What to Do

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

We all notice when friends, family, or co-workers begin to behave differently. Maybe they suddenly have a short fuse. Or they might be much quieter than they have ever been in the past. Perhaps they are late getting to work, and their work product isn’t what it once was.

How many times have we noticed someone who seems to be different, and you can’t put your finger on just what the problem is.  That’s your cue to help instead of dismissing what you see as none of your business.  What if you knew what to say? Wouldn’t it make a difference in how you might approach the other person? Here are a couple of suggestions.

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You’re Not Listening!

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

There is an important new book on the market, entitled You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy. The subtitle is What You’re Missing and Why It Matters, written by Murphy, a reporter from Houston, Texas. The author makes some critical points which are relevant to our concerns about depression and suicide. Let me focus on a few of them.

In our current culture, we are told to listen to our hearts or listen to our inner voice or listen to our gut. But when are we encouraged to listen to another person?

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