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Taking Time to Reflect and Trust Your Instincts

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. When you’re faced with a dilemma or a decision to make, how often do you hear the phrase, “What does your gut say?” or “What’s your first instinct?” Often this is the advice you’re given to help you make decisions—trust your instincts, […]

The Limitations of Perfectionism

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. Have you ever felt held back by the notion of perfection? Do you hold yourself to impossible standards and then find yourself avoiding certain tasks or activities because you will not settle for anything less than perfect? Do you feel discouraged if you […]

Managing Your Expectation of Perfection

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. Have you ever set a goal for yourself, but the second you strayed from the path leading toward that goal, you find yourself giving up entirely? Or have you ever felt disappointed in yourself because even though you thought you could perform […]

Positive Reflection

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. What do you see when you look at yourself, both externally when you glance in a mirror and internally? Do you focus on your positive qualities, or do you find yourself honing in on qualities you want to alter? Does it feel […]

Reflecting and Resolving to Change

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. As we find ourselves heading into a brand new year, many of us will resolve to change our behaviors or habits with the intention of being healthier, more balanced, or happier. Sometimes it’s clear which behaviors we want or need to change—perhaps […]

Fending Off the Humbug: When Your Family Member Creates Holiday Havoc

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. Spending time with your family over the holidays can be filled with joy, love, and happy memories of holidays past. But what happens when one family member—let’s call them a Humbug—behaves in a way that threatens all the positive feelings that come […]

Maintaining Inner Peace During the Holidays

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. Have you ever seen Home Alone? There’s a scene in which the family has overslept and is late for the airport, and the whole household is running upstairs, downstairs, and back up again to hurry and pack their things. Family holiday visits […]

Home for the Holidays: Navigating Difficult Interactions with Family Members

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. The holidays are a festive time that can be filled with merriment, love, and joy. But for many of us, visiting our families for the holidays can also be stressful and dredge up all kinds of feelings—feelings we don’t normally have to […]

Taking Your Gratitude Further

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This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW. Over the course of this month, we’ve discussed how beneficial it can be to create a practice of gratitude, and how much that practice can add to your daily level of happiness. But with Thanksgiving week upon us, as we all take […]

Generating Gratitude

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This blog post was written by Leslie Kolb, MSW, ASW With the holidays approaching, you might have plans to visit your family, or have friends over for a celebration. You might be planning a vacation, or at least planning to take time off from work for a “staycation.” You might be looking forward to the […]

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