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Treat Anxiety by Changing Your Brain

Anxiety is becoming commonplace in our society. In a day and age where everyone is on the go, scheduling meetings so frequently that we forget we should probably eat at some point during the day, and with the constant feeling of being overwhelmed with worry about a dozen things, people have begun to think that worry is as common an emotion as happiness. This is not the case.


Functional Depression is Dysfunctionally Depressing

Summer is in full swing, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining and all you want to do is curl up alone in a dark room and be alone. This is the stark reality of someone who deals with chronic depression. The general public knows this image well. Mention depression and they imagine a person who withdraws from social events; who can’t get out of bed, and are either tearful or angry.


Kick Fear to the Curb

Taking back control of your life from fear involves resolving your fears and conquering them. Our minds condition themselves to be fearful. In most cases this is a protective strategy designed to keep us alive and safe. Sometimes, these fears are irrational and can impede our ability to function normally. Our anxiety and fear takes control over us and dictates our behaviors. We might begin to avoid activities associated with the fear, reinforcing our brains conditioning to fear these activities. This becomes a vicious cycle which can become disabling.



Balancing Life: A Lesson Learned From Craigslist

This weekend during my search for a great deal on Craigslist I encountered a family selling the belongings of their son who had taken his own life less than three weeks ago. He was a veteran of Afghanistan who returned to find he was a different person trying to survive in a world that was no longer familiar to him. As I listened to this story my mind kept wondering how individualistic our society has become, where a brave soldier of war comes home to find himself alone and unable to reach out to seek the help he needed.



Super Woman is a Juggler Living in Suburbia

Being a woman in today's society is full of challenges that our grandmother's never had to think about. So many women today are jugglers by profession. We juggle school with part time work, we juggle our career goals with caring for a family, we juggle the pressures of external expectations with our own internal expectations, and we juggle social expectations of our role as a woman with our own ideas of what type of woman we want to be.




The Importance of Interdependence


 

Personal development is a linear progression where we are always striving to better our self. We begin life vulnerable and dependent on our caregivers. We progress to become independent and strike out at the world on our own. As we mature further, we realize that we cannot take on the world alone and learn to become interdependent working in harmony with those around us. The goal of development is to reach a state of interdependence, where we are self aware enough to understand that there is strength in developing strong relations with those around us. This level comes with the self actualization that we are strong to stand on our own but we are wise enough to understand there is even greater strength in developing a community.