There is a saying that “the only way out is through,” and it pertains particularly well to trauma. You have to do the work to get to the other side. Once you do, though, the rewards are well worth the effort. You may even find that dealing with the trauma interrupting your life actually leads you to discover new strengths, successes, and joys.
Managing anxiety can feel like a nearly insurmountable task. However, there are tried and true methods to help you get out of the grip of this overwhelming condition. In fact, one of the most useful anxiety treatment options is mindfulness. Simply by increasing your awareness of the present moment, you can reduce the intensity of anxiety.
People frequently experience depression during the holidays. A person who lives with depression may find that things get worse during the holiday season. On the other hand, it’s possible to go into depression during the holidays even if you don’t typically have it during the rest of the year. There are many reasons that people experience depression during the holidays. [...]
The negative effects of trauma can last a lifetime. Sometimes, it seems like we have gotten past them, only to find that they crop up again. At times, the effects are subtle, but they eat away at us over time. Other times, they may overtake us, making it difficult to even get through the day. Usually, it takes treatment to [...]
Coping with anxiety is difficult. Anxiety makes our bodies feel like their very survival is at stake. Our hearts race, our breath constricts, and we get tense. Therefore, it can be extremely difficult to calm down and gain perspective. However, there are many skills we can learn to help us reduce anxiety. For example, mindfulness is one of those skills. [...]
Depression creates negative thinking patterns. In turn, these patterns reinforce depression. Negative emotions lead to negative thoughts. Then negative thoughts deepen negative emotions. Escaping this cycle requires us to interrupt the ruminating mind. Mindfulness meditation can help by quieting the voice of our inner critic. Hence, we are able to pay attention to things other than those circulating thoughts. And we [...]