How To Lower Anxiety When You Feel Overwhelmed

In addition to containing many moments of joy, life clearly also involves hassles. Sometimes, in addition to the everyday challenges, we find (or put) ourselves in situations which seem absolutely unbearable, and we're overwhelmed by powerful feelings that if unchecked might cause us to act in destructive ways.

It can be extremely difficult to think clearly and make healthy choices when we’re boiling over in anger, shaking with fear, or sobbing in grief. While there may be...


12 Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset (and The Benefits Of Doing So)

Do you often say things to yourself like, "This experience means that I'm not a good person,", "I'm not good at math," or "I'm not worthy of my husband?"

If so, this is a clue that you may have a fixed mindset, in which you see things fatalistically, as if certain qualities of yours are set in stone, incapable of being changed.

On the other hand, if your thoughts usually express curiosity about how you might grow from...


7 Essential Experiences We Need To Have A Healthy Mind

You may spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to eat to nourish your body and mind – and with good reason, as there is definitely a connection between inflammation and depression, which can be either exacerbated or alleviated in part by your chosen diet. In addition, a nutritious food plan can help to stave off illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and osteoporosis.

However, we also need a healthy balance...


14 Ways To Improve Your Connections With Other People

How do you feel when you watch a news segment about yet another school shooting or the devastation left by Hurricane Florence?

Does your heart ache for the victims? Can you imagine how these people might be feeling and what they might be going through?

If so, you're feeling empathy, defined as the ability to sense what someone else is feeling, thinking, and experiencing, from their point of view rather than our own, and feel what they're feeling.



14 Benefits of Practicing Acceptance

Imagine that you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway, with glowing tail lights stretching ahead of you for miles. You anticipate that it will take at least another hour to get to your destination.

You’ve been up since 5:00 , your work day was hectic, it’s now 7:00 , you haven’t eaten since noon, and you feel frustrated and impatient.

What do you do? Yes, you could honk your car horn. You could utter a few (or...


23 Signs That You Are In A Healthy Relationship

Most of us want to be in a happy, healthy, and loving relationship. Yet often we’re not sure how to go about finding such a partnership, or, if we’re already in one, how to improve its quality. Or we might wonder whether our relationship is worth salvaging.

If you’re one of the fortunate people who’s in a healthy relationship, you probably recognize most, if not all, of the following items as being true for you and your...


10 Healthy Coping Strategies

You receive a phone call from your doctor. Your latest lab results suggest the need for further testing. You Google your potential diagnosis and are terrified by what you read.

Your boss informs you that your job of 20 years will be ending in two months. You are blindsided and also concerned about your next career move and your financial state.

You learn that your husband has been carrying on an affair with your next door neighbor for...


Four Essential Components Of A Balanced Life

It’s been said that we are human beings, not human doings.

Reminding ourselves of this concept can help us to keep life in perspective. Busyness can masquerade as “getting things done,” which may temporarily bolster our self-esteem, at least on the surface, but putting excessive focus on staying occupied can alienate us from ourselves as well as other people, and drain us physically and emotionally.

On the flip side, we generally don’t benefit from spending most of our...


How To Fix The Four Communication Styles That Predict Divorce

In any intimate, committed relationship we are bound to have differences with our partner. Since no two people are exactly alike, nor would we want it that way, the goal is not to eliminate disagreements (which, by the way, are not an indicator that a relationship is on the rocks), but to develop skills in the area of constructive conflict.

John and Julie Gottman, psychotherapists who developed the Gottman Method of couples therapy, claim that they can...