Dealing with Anxiety: How to Overcome Our Fears

Posted By: on May 02, 2019
woman feeling free from anxiety
While anxiety can be a normal and healthy reaction, it can also start to grow out of proportion. It can even become a disorder. When our anxieties and fears take over and control our lives, that is when it becomes a problem. There are different types of anxiety disorders that people may suffer from: Generalized anxiety disorder: This is where you are anxious overall. Every day you feel anxious about multiple different things. Social anxiety: This is where you feel very anxious in social

Me… Anxiety… & Gratefulness…

Posted By: on April 25, 2019
stressed young adult
Have you ever felt like you have everything under control? It’s the best feeling, right? I’d like to think, that for the most part, that’s me. I see myself as being pretty resilient and someone that can cope with the curve balls that life seems to keep throwing my way. I work hard, enjoy life and focus on the things that matter. Like most people, I just take life one day at a time. About four months ago I had my first anxiety attack and it was completely unexpected. Prior to that, I’d

The Many Sides of Anxiety

Posted By: on April 18, 2019
woman suffering from anxiety
I learned over the years that there are many sides to anxiety. I, myself, was diagnosed with anxiety a couple of years ago, but have always dealt with it prior to the official diagnosis. I knew it was time to get help when my anxiety would cause panic and fear that would impact my daily life as a wife and mother to four children. For me that was taking prescribed medicine to help with it, talking with others (family), and making sure I knew what to do when I felt this panic or extreme fear. O

How to Self-Soothe (No Extra Food or Alcohol Needed)

Posted By: on March 08, 2017
 When you’re upset, angry and anxious, you need a coping mechanism to help you calm down. Self-soothing utilizes the five senses to help you calm down and feel better. However, there are ways of self-soothing that may be harmful. Relying on alcohol, drugs, or even food to cope can lead to addiction. Here are healthy ways to self-soothe when you feel stressed.Look at NatureNature, plants, and sunlight all help lower your anxiety levels. Take a walk outside, buy yourself some flowers for your h

Learning to Love Your Rough Edges

Posted By: on February 24, 2017
We all have parts of ourselves we don’t necessarily like. It may be easy to love your great sense of humor, compassion or friendliness, but there are other things about yourself that you probably find harder to love. You most likely aren’t proud of your temper or tendency to procrastinate. However, if you want to love yourself fully, you need to learn to love your rough edges, too. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to be perfect, so you don’t have to completely change or lose all yo

Impacts of Being Raised by Emotionally Neglectful Parents

Posted By: on December 07, 2016
In an ideal world, all of us would have been raised in a two-parent home by parents who were loving, attentive and emotionally available. They would have talked to us about our feelings, asked about our days, and shared their own emotions openly and honestly with us. Unfortunately, many people are raised by parents who don’t talk about feelings. It’s called Childhood Emotional Neglect when a parent doesn’t respond to a child’s emotional needs. Here are some of the impacts of growing up w

The Power of Acceptance in the Healing Process

Posted By: on October 19, 2016
When we experience a devastating loss or situation, such as the death of a loved one, we experience grief. Typically, there are five stages associated with grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. While you may not experience each stage, you hopefully get to the acceptance stage so you can heal and move forward. Here’s why acceptance is such a powerful and importance part of the healing process.Acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be happy about a situation al

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

How We Go Through Grief

Posted By: on September 21, 2016
 When we experience a big loss, it can be very painful. There’s not much that can prepare you to experience that kind of grief or pain, but knowing how humans experience grief can help you understand what you or a grieving friend are going through.Grief isn’t limited to just one situation. It often happens when a loved one dies, but can also occur after a divorce or breakup, losing a job, the end of a friendship, death of a pet or a traumatic experience. Any significant loss can lead to som

How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Emotional Issues Today

Posted By: on September 15, 2016
Our family of origin, or the family that we grew up with, impacts us for the rest of our lives. Family of origin could mean biological or adoptive parents, siblings or grandparents or any other childhood caregiver.  They influence so much of our lives and behaviors, from our diets to our cleaning habits. Our families also impact our emotional issues (or lack of, if we’re fortunate). If we can recognize how our family of origin impacts our emotional behaviors, we can work toward correcting neg