I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Depression In Teens
When teens feel down, there are ways they can cope with these feelings to avoid serious depression. All of these suggestions help develop a sense of acceptance and belonging that is so important to adolescents.

  • Try to make new friends. Healthy relationships with peers are central to teens’ self-esteem and provide an important social outlet.
  • Participate in sports, job, school activities or hobbies. Staying busy helps teens focus on positive activities rather than negative feelings or behaviors.
  • Join organizations that offer programs for young people. Special programs geared to the needs of adolescents help develop additional interests.
  • Ask a trusted adult for help. When problems are too much to handle alone, teens should not be afraid to ask for help.

Of course, check with your doctor if you’re concerned.
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Moms Of Middle Schoolers Suffer The Most Maternal Depression
Many women assume that the first year of motherhood is the most precarious time for their mental health. But a recent study published in Developmental Psychology finds that maternal depression is actually most common among mothers of middle school children as they catapult into the tween years.
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The 7 Best Dog Breeds For Fighting Depression
There are many health benefits to owning a pet. And while some people prefer cats, there are certain breeds of dogs that can help you fight depression. A couple on this list include:

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Golden Retriever
  • Yorkshire Terrier

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Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Want to live longer and better? Do strength training
The average 30-year-old will lose about a quarter of his or her muscle strength by age 70. Just doing aerobic exercise is not enough. Without strength training, you will become weaker and less functional.
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Chin ups, push ups, deadlifts, and squats
These four primary strength-training moves help women to feel better in their bodies and stronger in their lives.

This article outlined the rationale and instructions for each of these 4 moves.

Notice we didn’t say burpees. You’re welcome.
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10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners
Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in injury prevention but will make you a stronger, faster, and more efficient runner.
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Money often costs too much.

What is budgeting?
Many people think of budgeting as something to do when they’re short on cash. But the truth is that budgeting isn’t just for times when your money is tight or your life is undergoing a major transition. Budgeting is for everyone, rich and poor alike. A good budget helps you

  • Make long and short term predictions
  • Prevent a crisis
  • Get the most out of your money
  • Plan for major changes

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Budgeting strategies
There are a number of ways you can track and organize your money, and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or numbers geek to do any of them.

  • Subtraction budgeting:
    • Add up all of your bills in a given month. Then, take the amount you bring home and subtract from that the total of your bills and then subtract an additional amount for savings. The remaining amount is how much you can spend in a given month.
  • Cash budgeting:
    • You do all of your budgeting in cash, or as much of it as humanly possible. You cash your check, take it home, sort out all of the dollars and cents, and then directly use that cash for everything.
  • Proportional budgeting:
    • The idea behind this kind of budgeting is to split all of your spending into three categories–needs, savings, and wants and then allocate a proportion of your spending to each category

Get more details on these three strategies, along with two others, in this article and hopefully find the one that works best for you.
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The 3 category budget
Given the goal of budgeting, most people do not need to track every dime they spend. For example, knowing how much you’ve spent on gasoline may be interesting, but if it doesn’t change your behavior, there’s no point in tracking this expense. Most people overspend in just a few categories. Common examples include eating out, buying clothes, buying gadgets, and entertainment.

Try picking the three budget categories you’d like to bring under control, and monitor your spending in just these areas. The 3-Category Budget is easy to implement and can have a significant effect on your finances.
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Kindness is always fasionable

Are there rules for plus-sized fashion?
Simple answer – no.

This opinion piece hits the mark on the challenges many plus-sized women face. The plus-sized clothing industry is a $17 billion market but, year after year, plus-sized fashion is seemingly held back by a set of rigidly imposed rules and norms. Mainstream retailers need to take more chances and the plus-sized community needs to financially support indie brands doing what the mainstream won’t.
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Plus-sized shopping doesn’t have to break the bank
Many women these days shop thrift or consignment shops to find great deals. For many plus-sized women, this can be a slightly tougher task, but we’ve got some tips to help you out:

  • Don’t trust the labels – sizing has changed a lot over the past few years
  • Search in every section – not everything is always organized
  • Remember to think about repurposing – a t shirt for one women can be a crop top for another
  • Get to know the employees – they can tip you off when some new merchandise arrives

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Plus-sized activewear
As more and more athletic brands become size inclusive, there are more options to upgrade your workout clothing. Whether you’ve got a specific goal in mind, are a casual gym-goer, or you just like to have a hearty selection of comfy stuff in your arsenal, here are 20 different activewear items that will let you go from barre to the bar without having to change a thing. See, feeling fit and fashionable can go hand-in-hand.
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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.

Good fat, bad fat, in between fat
This might sound like one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, but it’s important to understand how different types of fat can have a very different impact on your health

  • Bad fats – such as trans fat – have no known health benefits and there is no safe level of consumption. Thankfully, many of these man-made fats are rapidly fading from our food supply
  • In-between fats – such as saturated fats – are vey common in the American diet. These are fats that are typically solid at room temperature (think bacon grease.) The research is very mixed on the health benefit of in-between fats. It’s best to limit them in your diet
  • Good fats – such as monounsaturated fats (think olive oil, avocados) and polyunsaturated fats (think corn oil, sunflower oil, and omega-3 fatty acids) are a healthy part of a well rounded diet

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Eat more healthy fats
Need a few reasons to put more healthy fats into your diet?

  1. They lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
  2. They help improve your cholesterol level
  3. They help control your weight

’nuff said?
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Want to make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats into your diet?

  • Make sure your morning smoothie has some! Add a handful of nuts or use full fat yogurt
  • Feel nauseated after taking your daily vitamin? Try taking them after a meal containing healthy fats, as vitamins A, D, E, and K need fat to be properly absorbed
  • Mood swings driving your literally crazy? Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help with mild mood disorders.

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The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.

What is meditation?
Meditation is usually defined as the process by which one focuses their thoughts on one particular aspect of life. In more practical terms, it involved ridding your mind of the worrisome thoughts and judgements and focusing inward.

You may be hearing a lot about mindfulness these days as well. Mindfulness and meditation can go hand in hand. Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them as good or bad.
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A positive link to good health
More and more, doctors and scientists are coming to realize the health benefits of meditation, but we still find that meditation gets a bad rap.

  • Meditation can retrain your brain to help with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection
  • Meditation helps teach you that you are not your thoughts and we don’t have to believe them
  • There are many ways to meditate, from the traditional seated form to the more engaging efforts such as tai chi
  • Meditation doesn’t have to be done alone, and group meditation can help you learn the basic techniques

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Some goes for your meditation practice
A goal often associated with meditation is becoming mentally strong – being able to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in a way that sets you up for success in life. There are certain characteristics of being mentally strong that can focus a meditative practice:

  • Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself
  • Don’t shy away from change
  • Don’t waste energy on things you can’t control
  • Don’t worry about pleasing everyone
  • Don’t dwell on the past
  • Don’t resent the success of others
  • Don’t expect immediate results

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Understanding healthy weight
For years, BMI was used as a metric of having a healthy weight. But it’s one-size-fits-all approach is likely flawed, as it doesn’t take into account a person’s bone, muscle, or fat proportion.

There are other – more accurate – measures of fitness and health available to you:

  • Skin calipers: This inexpensive plier-shaped tool can be used to clamp sections of fat off of the body and measure body composition accurately, and within just a few minutes (although the skill of the technician measuring you really matters!)
  • Tape measure: To be considered healthy, waist circumference should be less than half of your height
  • Hydrostatic weighing: compares a patient’s normal body weight outside of the water to their bodyweight while completely submerged. It’s one of the most accurate assessments to use

Check out a few others – more complicated and likely administered by a physician or personal trainer.
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Mixing up cardio and strength training
Keeping your workouts – both strength and cardio – interesting can be a challenge. Check out these daily workouts to keep things fresh and fun. We especially love Thursday’s barre-inspired option.
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A strong core
A strong core is based on two principles – strength and stability. Exercises that focus on stability often seem easy, but the point is to master control of the small stabilizer muscles in your abs.

Check out these stability moves.
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