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Aspects of Well-Being, Part 10 – The Finale

Self-experimentation. This entire series, when boiled down to its essence, revolves around the idea of self-experimenting. Yet this post is also the shortest entry. Self-experimentation is not as scary, or for that matter creepy, as it sounds. It’s simply how you figure out what works for you. I mean, this seems so intuitive doesn’t it? …

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Aspects of Well-Being, Part 9

Routines. Kind of broad and all encompassing, huh? I mean, all of the previous 8 parts of this series could be said to reduce down to “change your routine.” And that’s true. What I want to cover here is the broader idea of having a routine and how it can help with behavior and habit …

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Aspects of Well-Being, Part 7

Movement. Or you can think of this aspect as ‘exercise’ if you prefer. I find that some words come with more baggage than I want to address in these posts, so I’ll be using ‘movement’ instead – since that’s truly the point – to move your body. There are three types of movement I want …

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Aspects of Well-Being, Part 6

Habits. I want to zero in a bit on those that surround the act of nourishing our bodies, because this is often where I see the most dysfunction. There are two things that you’ll need before addressing eating habits. These may seem simplistic, but experience has shown me that without these two things, no attempt …

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Triggers + Routines = Habit Change Foundation

If you’re making major changes in how you relate to food, and what you choose to put in your body, many would say you’re ‘on a diet.’ This sounds like a short term intervention, doesn’t it? Like if you’re on it now, you’ll soon be off it again. The idea of being ‘on a diet’ …

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Satisficing. Yes, it’s a thing.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Or something along those lines. This is another quote I stumble over every once in awhile in my readings, and as you’ve come to expect with posts here that start with quotes – it resonates with me. It also reminds me of this one: “Often times people …

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It’s…US.

A deceptively simple-seeming concept I recently came across goes something like this: “It’s not you. It’s not me. It’s US.” Seeing a relationship like this lets both parties view it as something outside themselves. Something that exists independently, and therefore as something that you can dissolve without reflecting negatively on either person. It’s not that …

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Reframing, or Perspectives revisited

Let’s start with a definition of terms, from Wikipedia: Cognitive reframing is a psychological technique that consists of identifying and then disputing irrational or maladaptive thoughts. Reframing is a way of viewing and experiencing events, ideas, concepts and emotions to find more positive alternatives. In other words, reframing is taking an issue, situation, or interaction …

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