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Optimism Tip of the Week #4: Take Practical Steps

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 9.20.23 While optimism is largely about outlook and how we think about things, it can also be improved by doing things. Consider engaging in one activity every day that you intentionally do to help improve your positivity. This may mean watching a little comedy, interacting with

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Optimism Tip of the Week #2: Mindful Optimism

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD. 9.1.23 Mindfulness has long been a source for reducing stress and finding peace. Mindfulness can also be a wonderful way to increase optimism. Try a mindfulness exercise that includes picturing the best possible outcome to a current situation or event in your life. Use this positivity

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Optimism 101. Yes, it really does make a difference.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 7.25.23 ‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement…no pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit’. ~ Helen Keller Looking at things through a more positive lens can be beneficial

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Habits Tip of the Week #3: Good Social Habits

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 3.1.23 For our last habit tip, let’s look at socialization. In our busy schedules, we often don’t make time for real, in person social time. We may do a lot of texting or social media, but it is not healthy to replace real contact with these

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Habits Tip of the Week #2: Build One New Habit

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 2.8.23 While most people have bad habits they want to change, most people also have a good habit they would like to add or increase. It can be difficult to incorporate new habits into your routine, but once you do those habits will become actual habits

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Habits Tip of the Week #1: Breaking Bad Habits

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 1.27.23 We all have at least one bad habit we would like to break, most people probably have more than one. To help break bad habits, start with just one. Pick a habit and focus your intention over the next week on changing that habit. Something

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Burnout: Tip of the Week #3

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 11.5.22 This week’s tip is to help with signs of burnout in the early to middle stages, which are listed in my September burnout article. Some signs in the level of burnout include denial, withdrawal, and behavioral changes such as irritability or even aggression. If you

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Burnout: Tip of the Week #2

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 10.26.22 This week’s tip is on coping with signs of burnout in the early stages. The signs are listed in my burnout article, and they include things like pushing yourself to work harder, neglecting your own needs, blaming your stress on others, and placing more value

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Burnout: Tip of the Week #1

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 10.12.22 This week’s tip is to help focus on preventing burnout. If you are aware of warning signs, some of which I posted in the burnout article, take some time to re-evaluate how you are spending your time and how you are managing stress. If you

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Burnout!

Kaarin Anderson Ryan Have you ever described yourself as feeling burned out? Have you heard others describe themselves that way? Chances are, you or someone you know has experienced a sense of being burned out at some point. This feeling can arise from stress related to parenting, work, studying, or

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Wellness Tip 8: Occupational Wellness

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD Last but not least, the 8th dimension of wellness is Occupational Wellness. This area focuses on finding satisfaction and enrichment from your daily work. With our occupations taking so much of our time, this is an important area for focus. It is also a challenging area

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