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Ways To Make PMS Work For You

July 28th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When is the last time you looked forward to that time of the month? If the answer is “almost never,” join the club. For most of us, just making it through PMS without snapping at anyone or doing extra laundry is enough to put that week in the “win” column. But every month doesn’t have to be a struggle.

Believe it or not, there are ways to make PMS work for you. And we don’t mean any wacky moon celebrations or taking the time to appreciate your fertility. While there’s nothing you can do about the mechanics, there are ways to use PMS (and the mood swings that are a part of it) to improve your mental health and overall happiness. Skeptical? Read on. You might be surprised.

Great Reasons To Try Therapy

July 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Nowadays it seems like everyone who’s anyone has taken a seat on a therapist’s couch at least once. The Real Housewives do it, Couples Therapy specializes in it, and Iyanla Vanzant helps people fix their life on a regular basis.

But you don’t have to be going through the same kinds of struggles celebrities do — or any struggles for that matter — to seek out therapy. Once upon a time, spending time and money with a professional came with the stigma that you were dealing with some serious issues. But today, Cynthia, Kenya and NeNe aren’t afraid to make an appointment to hash out their disputes with one another in front of the camera. My, how times have changed.

There are lots of reasons to go to a therapist, even if you feel like you’re happy. From helping you figure out friend drama to giving you direction or a place to vent, here are a few great examples of how a little time on the couch can help.

Summertime Illnesses And Afflictions We Should All Watch Out For

July 26th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Winter is famous for being cold and flu season. But warm weather can come with its own health worries and risks, too. Summer illnesses can not only take you by surprise but also ruin your vacation plans and impede upon all the events and outings you want to partake in. Thankfully, most summer health hiccups are entirely preventable — if you know what to watch out for.

Whether you find yourself hanging out on the beach or hiking at a national park with friends, it pays to keep a close eye on these danger zones. And trust me, if it looks like the vacation rental’s hot tub is questionable, skip the soak and enjoy some time on the patio instead. Whatever you do, just keep an eye out so you don’t end up with these illnesses (or stuck in places where you can catch them) that are pretty common during the summer. If you can avoid them, you won’t have to waste your summer sick days actually being under the weather.

Things That Feel Like Your Fault But Really Aren’t

July 22nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Taking personal responsibility for your actions is a good sign that you have both of your feet firmly planted in adulthood. And along the path of life, there are plenty of moments that we can all admittedly put in the “My bad, I’ll do better” column.

But there is such a thing as taking responsibility for too much. Feeling in control of your life can make it tempting to feel like you can fix everything. But no matter how personally powerful you feel that you are, not everything is your responsibility — or your fault.

When these things happen, it’s more than OK to pass the buck. There may be no one to blame. And if there is, that person certainly isn’t you. So feel free to take the following opportunities to relax and let someone else take the wheel.

Ways To Take A Road Trip In Style (And Stay Under Budget)

July 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Road trips have been big this year. After watching celebrity campaigns and even Rebel Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key’s getting their road trip on for Booking.com, many people have been inspired to climb in the car and tour America’s backyard. And the good news is that it can be fun and affordable.

Don’t have the time or the money for a big vacation this summer? That might not necessarily be true. There are plenty of ways to hit the road in style and stay under budget. Now that gas prices are down and renting a reliable vehicle can be cheap and easy, there’s no reason not to check out the sites just a few states away. And traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to cut corners by riding with strangers or staying in budget hotels.

Follow these creative road trip tips and you can make your own Instagrammable getaway for a ridiculously reasonable price.

How To Ask For What You Want And Get It

July 7th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Asking for what you want always sounds like it should be simple. Sometimes it is. But when it comes to tough topics, whether it’s asking for a raise, or for what you really want in bed, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Or, better yet, how to ask the right way so you come out of a potentially awkward situation with what you want.

While getting what you desire isn’t always a piece of cake, there are ways of going about asking for it that could increase the possibility. And, as with everything, practice makes perfect. So don’t be afraid to get your foot in the door. Start speaking up for what you need now and soon you’ll be getting more of what you want later.

Things You Shouldn’t Tolerate From A Brand New Guy In Your Life

July 7th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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They call the beginning of a relationship the “honeymoon phase,” but if you think about it, it’s really the “interview period.” When you’re on those first few dates, you’re both on your best behavior, in your best outfits, trying to see if this relationship is best for you. But if his best behavior when things are brand new is less than peachy-keen, there’s no telling what is to come (all bad).

Behavior in a relationship doesn’t usually get better. We relax, get comfortable and people start to show their true colors. If you’ve seen the following behaviors from a new man in your life — and you’re not prepared for things to get worse — it might be time to take a pass and just take your chances with the other fish in the sea.

Signs That He’s About To Start Getting On Your Last Nerve

July 1st, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Some men have to grow on you. Sometimes you meet a guy who is a little rough around the edges, but underneath a few shenanigans and weird habits, there is a diamond in the rough. But other times, all you find underneath a few rough edges are more rough edges. And even though he’s adorable, or the sexual chemistry is right, everything else is just wrong.

If you’re dating a guy who’s giving you these red flags about himself, chances are the relationship is headed right toward a slow dance on your last nerve. It’s only natural to be tempted to want to make it work. He’s a nice guy, you say. And sometimes something that looks wrong manages to turn out right after all.

But when things are this wrong in the beginning, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that these personality quirks and deja vu moments are going to turn into things that you can’t stand.

Situations That Show You People’s True Colors

June 30th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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How did you end up being so close with the people in your circle? I’m sure there was a situation that put your relationship to the test or just brought you together. Whatever it was, you came out on the other side with a sense of trust and love for one another. You meet people all of the time, and while many seem like great individuals, it’s hard to say that you really know a person until you go through one of these complicated situations together.

It feels great when someone surprises you and shows you that your connection goes deeper than you initially thought. Unfortunately, not every relationship makes it through bumps in this road of life, and you quickly find out who’s a permanent acquaintance and who was just meant to be around for a season (make that a few seasons).

Have you ever gone through one of these situations and someone close to you showed you their true colors?

Great Things That Happen When You Stop Dieting

June 30th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that dieting makes some people gain weight? Anyone who has ever backslid, yo-yo’d or tried a dozen different ones knows that diets don’t always work. Sometimes it’s the fault of the particular diet, sometimes it’s our own missteps. And whether or not it’s working, being hungry all the time while you try and change your eating habits can make even the strongest of people a little miserable.

That’s why taking a break from your diet, whether it’s just briefly or when you’re done for good, feels so great. And those good feelings aren’t just based on the fact that you can stop feeling so restricted in what you consume. Coming off of a diet can do great things for your mood, your health and even your waistline. So if you’re thinking about it, there are lots of reasons why it might just be a great idea to give yourself a break from consistent food restrictions.