Archives for Stress


If They Don’t Call Or Text You Back, Do They Hate You?

Sometimes it can be hard to put yourself in someone else's shoes and see things from their perspective, especially if it concerns your relationship with them. Here's a thought exercise for those who feel rejected when good friends are too busy to text or call or see them for a short period of time:
Imagine your busiest day ever.
You have to wake up over an hour earlier than normal because you have a big project due at work, which includes making a presentation, something you're not totally experienced at, and you went to bed in the wee hours because you were working on another project.
You don't have time to finish your coffee. (No coffee!)
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Stress In Your Child: Useful Resources

Miriam Manela, of, shares signs of stress in children plus some simple ways to address minor stress, here. She's the author, with me (C.R. from Therapy Soup) of The Parent-Child Dance: A Guide to Help You Understand and Shape Your Child's Behavior. In The Parent-Child Dance you'll learn to understand how children's systems deal with stress, how this can affect their behavior, and proven tools and techniques to help your child progress.

The APA (American Psychological Association) shows you how to identify stress in your younger child or teen.

MedlinePlus (a project of the National Institute of Health; U.S. National Library of Medicine) offers
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Stress, Depression, & The Bacteria In Your Gut

We've blogged about the Brain-Gut and it's relation to the Austism spectrum disorders; now the "microbiome", a term coined by an American molecular biologist, which means "the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space" is the trending way to describe the relational system that may have an impact on virtually every facet of our mental and physical being.

In this fascinating video, Professor John F. Cryan's of University College Cork...
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What Can You Do If You Dislike Being Touched?

Touch enriches our lives.

A  caress from a loved one.

The feeling of a worn cotton tee shirt.

A tickly kiss from a child.

The spring of dough being kneaded.

The soft petal of a rose.

But some people have aversions to one or more types of normally enjoyed or tolerated touch. If you find your aversion to touch interferes with your personal life, relationships, happiness, it's not too late to seek answers.
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7 Signs Your Boss Or Coworker May Be A Narcissist

Are you the type that plays by the rules?

Gives everyone you work with the benefit of the doubt?

Gives everyone a chance or two or three?

Is supportive of your co-workers?

Always lends a hand?

Whether you're a recent graduate or have been working for awhile, you may be one of the many that's finding out that not everyone is like you. And, even more frustrating, that a handful of people you encounter during your workweek may even be the complete opposite of your straight-forward style.

Seven Confounding, Confusing, & Downright Hair-Pulling Signs You May Be Working For (or With) A Narcissist

1. They flatter you (or others), often in an over-the-top way.

Narcissists like to be admired and they they are often perfectly content with over-the-top flattery. Depending on the level of narcissism, if it's about them and it's sounds good, they don't need to look to deeply. They also think others are equally happy with, and more importantly, can be manipulated by, ersatz praise.

Rest assured that the praise they deal out is not usually genuine.

Except sometimes it could be genuine. Then, watch out—the narcissist cannot tolerate anyone stealing his limelight. Except if they get to bask in your limelight as they claw their way to the top.

(Confounded yet?)
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How To Cope With Second-Hand Stress If You Are A Sensitive Empath

Is stress contagious?

You know, those symptoms of stress, such as clenched jaw, highly-pitched voice, furrowed brow, anger, anxiety, and so on.

For some people, other people's stressed-out emotions and moods are simply that: Other People's Stress. OPS. Not theirs.

For others, OPS is absorbed like water to a sponge. And you DON'T have to be co-dependent to be the sponge. You may simply be sensitive.

I'm a strong believer that not every imperfect personality trait requires a diagnosis or a pathology category, and that no one, therapist or not, can truly define the best combination of personality traits. This is highly individual. Most traits have flip sides, and sensitivity—responding to other people's feelings and concerns with empathy—is no exception.
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