How to Manage Stress Around the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner, and visions of spending time with family and friends are enough to make anyone look forward to this time of year. The time off work doesn’t hurt, either. But, for many people, the holidays can be a source of stress. They can often throw you off your normal routine, add extra events and … Read More

How to Create Change That Can Actually Stick

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Changing problematic behavior isn’t easy.  Even if you have the best of intentions, you’re dedicated, and initially motivated, it’s still difficult to stick with a positive change to see it through.  Why? The brain likes habits. It likes routine and familiarity. When you’ve been acting a certain way and living out a routine and behaviors for so long, your brain … Read More

How to Manage Anxiety About Going into the Office

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Thousands of people in the U.S. had to deal with changes in the way they work every day. For many, that meant working remotely for well over a year. Now, some companies are encouraging their employees to return to work in person. But, with so much uncertainty still circulating, it’s normal to feel uneasy and anxious about going back to … Read More

4 Ways to Calm an Active Mind

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Do you feel like your mind is always “running”? Maybe you wish there were some kind of “off” switch you could push on occasion, just to find some peace and relax.  An active mind is not always a bad thing. But it can be exhausting and overwhelming when it takes over. When that happens, and you feel you can’t control … Read More

3 Breathing Exercises You Can Try for Anxiety

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Our bodies are amazing. They pay attention and respond instinctively to everything around us, even when we’re not aware of it. As the body takes in physical sensations, it also sends them as messages to the brain, which can affect our emotions and mood. Our body automatically responds to stress and anxiety through the fight-or-flight system. When this happens, automatic … Read More

Can Anxiety Cause Physical Problems?

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The human body and brain are amazingly, intricately linked. What happens in the brain directly impacts the body. The same is true in the opposite direction. Essentially, the body and brain work in a constant feedback loop to regulate both mood and physical state. This interwoven reality of the body and brain is often forgotten, however, in treating mental health … Read More

3 Reasons Why People with Anxiety Might Avoid Getting Therapy

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When people think of mental illness, therapy often comes to mind. This association makes sense — if you have mental health issues, therapy can be an effective treatment. But what happens when you’re struggling with mental health problems, but question whether or not therapy will work? What if you put off getting therapy out of fear? In reality, many people … Read More

Managing Anxiety: 4 of the Best Ways to Cope Successfully

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Anxiety is a common mental illness and it can feel isolating to those affected by it. If you experience anxiety, you know how much it can alter your day-to-day life. Seemingly simple tasks or interactions leave you feeling worried and upset. You may avoid certain situations or places because of your anxiety. Those dreaded feelings of sweaty palms and a … Read More

Is It Social Anxiety or Am I Just an Introvert?

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We often use the terms social anxiety and introversion as synonyms, as if they mean the same thing. Sure, some traits overlap between the two — shyness, nervousness in social situations, a desire to stay home — but they aren’t the same thing. And the pandemic has brought these issues to the forefront, with many people spending most of their … Read More