Archives for June, 2012

Anxiety and Worry

How To Alleviate Depression

Anxiety needs calm, Depression needs energy, both in subtle ways. When the mind is suffering, it craves soothing remedies. Mindless distractions like computer games and wild roller coaster rides won't help. What is needed is gentle energy.

Just like I said in my post about anxiety, this is not a to-do list. Pick only one thing at a time, and do not see it as a...
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How To Soothe Anxiety

There are many ways how to calm yourself down when in the grip of fear. Depending on whether it's acute panic or ongoing lingering anxiety, read through the tools available and pick only one that seems right for that particular moment.

Don't read the suggestions as a to-do list. Try each one at different occasions and settle for what works best for you.

1. Touch

Babies want to be held when they are in...
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Affordable Therapy: A Walk In The Woods

Everybody has felt the positive impact of being out in nature: we feel the calming effect of sitting in a meadow or by the ocean. We feel energized by climbing a mountain or swimming in a lake.

It doesn't take rocket science to know how good it is for us to get in touch with nature. But this is what is happening in Japan where a "new" form of therapy...
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Is Anxiety Just A Normal Part Of Life?


Anxiety disorders have gone through the roof in the past 30 years. While in 1980 only two to four percent of Americans were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at least one time in their life,  it is nearly 30 percent today.

A team of writers has now set out to examine what makes anxiety a disorder. They took a closer look at occurrences like social anxiety, phobias, fear of public speaking, generalized...
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How To Rejuvenate

Our lives often feel burdensome. Too much to do. Too many self-imposed obligations. Too little or too much involvement with the world outside. We are stuck in front of our computers, with our to-do lists and with the stress we don't know how to get rid of.

As a means to feel better, we try sitting in front of the TV, eat ice cream or potato chips and...
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Believing in Yourself

I was mesmerized the other day listening to a story on NPR’s Radiolab about a woman suffering from chronic pain. She had entered an experiment that hooked her up to an EEG where she could see her brain activity as it unfolded. The areas that showed her pain centers were visible in a flaming red.

In the experiment, she tried to soothe herself by remembering and identifying with the fate...
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