Escaping the Trap of Anxiety

Escaping the Trap of Anxiety

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”—Peter Marshall ‘What if…’ Those two words immobilize so many of us. They keep us from reaching our happiness, pursuing our dreams, or living up to our potential and often keep us stuck in an all too familiar rut. They also set up a challenge between you and your […]

Life After Addiction: Tips to Keep Your New Life Clean and Safe

Life After Addiction: Tips to Keep Your New Life Clean and Safe

Whether it involves ingesting a substance, engaging in a particular behavior, or both, addiction is major challenge for anyone to overcome. And getting sober is only half of it. The second half? That consists of making a fresh start in a “normal” lifestyle after existing for months or even years inside the cave of addiction. For most people, this means two MAJOR steps: Stop using Create a lifestyle in which […]

Living with a Drug Addicted Family Member?

Living with a Drug Addicted Family Member?

Take These Steps to Stay Safe Drug addiction has the potential to severely damage the life of the addicted individual. It also has the potential to severely damage that’s individual’s close family members. Living with a drug addicted family member is a 24/7 balancing act, as loved ones try to help the addict without getting swept into their destructive orbit. Common Emotions Felt by Family Members of Drug Addicts Guilt […]

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips to Help You Control Your Anxiety

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips to Help You Control Your Anxiety

There’s feeling anxious and then there’s anxiety. There is nervousness before a big test and then there is being in a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension. There are butterflies in the stomach and then there is compulsive behavior or panic attacks. Anxiety impacts nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population. The average age of onset is 11 years old. The disorder falls loosely into three categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic […]

Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Why Social Media Can Damage Your Teen’s Self-Esteem & How You Can Help

Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Instagram. Reddit. And all the smartphones by which we access these sites. We may sometimes wonder how we ever lived without them. More and more, however, we’re finding ourselves desperately seeking ways to live happily with them. Studies correlate rising social network use with everything from higher body-mass indexes to increased credit card debt to lower self-esteem. In 2013, researchers also found that social media sites drive […]

Stop Using Addiction to Hide from Difficult Emotions. Take These Steps

Stop Using Addiction to Hide from Difficult Emotions. Take These Steps

Thanks to social media, each of us can easily and comfortably “express” emotions like love, anger, and surprise with a mere finger tap on our phone screen. In real life, of course, things can be a little more complicated. Actually, they can be a lot more complicated. Emotions are, at times, messy and difficult and frightening. It’s no surprise so many of us hide from them—especially if we’re simultaneously struggling […]

How Your Fast-Paced Life Can Kill You: The Physical Effects of Stress

How Your Fast-Paced Life Can Kill You: The Physical Effects of Stress

Have you ever stopped long enough to ask yourself why does it feel like I am always in a hurry? Where are we racing to and why? How did we get ourselves into this situation in the first place? Will it ever stop or even slow down? The cliché answer is the best answer: If we make the Time. More specifically, our relationship with time. I am guilty myself of […]

When Worry Rules: 5 Ways to Manage Obsessive Thinking

When Worry Rules: 5 Ways to Manage Obsessive Thinking

When you begin to worry, can you feel it taking over, pushing out anything else that requires your attention? Obsessive thinking can be annoying in the least and debilitating at worst. Yet, there are ways that you can gain control over your obsessive thinking to keep it at bay. Obsessive Thinking Tip #1:  Give it A Funny Name In the book “Talking Back TO OCD,” the authors talk about giving […]

Parenting Teens: Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen

Parenting Teens: Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen

Five Tips for Better Communication with Your Teen Contrary to conventional wisdom, when parenting teens, communicating does not have to feel like pulling teeth, nor does it have to make you pull your hair out. A child’s teen years are often the most challenging period for parents—not to mention the teens. However it’s also an opportunity for increased closeness and growth in the parent/teen relationship, as teens develop their own […]

Test Anxiety Management 101

You’ve participated in class, done all of your homework, studied hard, and you think you have a grip on the material. But then the day of the test comes. Your professor is passing out the exams, and now you really start to panic.  You think to yourself, “Did I study enough”, “Did I get enough sleep”, “Did I bring a snack?”  “Wait….”  “Did I even remember to eat breakfast?”  All these things rush through your […]