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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women in Recovery: Self-Care Guidelines to Keep You Strong and On Track

Women in Recovery: Self-Care Guidelines to Keep You Strong and On Track

Women battling substance abuse face unique challenges compared to those that men encounter. First of all, many women’s paths to addiction differ greatly from men’s. Women often become addicted to substances more quickly than men. They metabolize drugs and alcohol differently than men do, too, meaning that, on average, one drink affects a woman twice as strongly as it does a man. Women also tend to have more access to […]

Five Ways to Keep Communication Strong When Times are Tough

Five Ways to Keep Communication Strong When Times are Tough

Good communication, even during the best of times can be challenging. Nearly all of us bring bad habits, fears, insecurities, anxieties, and “baggage” to our communication styles, no matter how well things are going in our lives. When the going gets rough, though, it can be harder than ever to maintain healthful communication. Job loss, illness, a new baby, caring for elderly parents, and financial troubles are just a few […]

Stress Management: 7 Fun Ways to Relieve Tension

Stress Management: 7 Fun Ways to Relieve Tension

Try as you might, you will never rid your life of all stress. Believe it or not, you wouldn’t want to. A certain amount of stress is necessary and even good for you. It keeps life interesting and challenging. You may have plenty of stress, but stress doesn’t have to have you. Stress, even the off-the-charts kind, is manageable. What’s one of the most powerful antidotes for the no-fun feeling […]

Need a Boost? Four Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Need a Boost? Four Ways to Build Self-Confidence

As humans, we tend to be hard on ourselves by nature — dwelling on our flaws, mistakes, and shortcomings rather than striving to see the good. While it’s normal and potentially constructive to recognize your imperfections, consistently being unkind to yourself takes its toll on your psyche, and on your overall attitude. If you’re prone to seeing the negative, improving your self-esteem can feel like an uphill battle. The way […]