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“If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.” – Lao Tzu

Happy New Year’s Eve! Or should I say a not so happy 2014?

When we’re remorseful about the past, we’re depressed. When we’re worried about the future, we’re anxious. Anxiety and depression are two sides of the same time coin. And since the end of the year also brings reflection and contemplation, it’s makes us vulnerable to both.

For those of us who are extra sensitive to mental illness, it’s important to make a conscious effort to stay present and positive during this time of the year. This may mean savoring favorable moments in 2013 or refocusing your attention on this moment instead of lingering on the one that just passed. It may mean excusing yourself from holiday parties to spend more time in nature. It may mean throwing away your resolutions list and creating a gratitude one instead.

Whatever you do this New Year’s Eve, make sure to read our posts this week. Instead of a food cleanse, you’ll learn how to partake in an emotional one. You’ll also learn more about yourself, your relationship, as well as get a clearer picture of depression and anxiety. It’s how I’m spending the last few hours of 2013. How will you spend yours?

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Give Yourself an Emotional Cleanse Before the New Year
(The Psychology of Success) – Suffering from a post-holiday hangover? Yeah me too. Let’s start the new year right with an emotional cleanse to free us all of psychological toxins leftover from 2013.

Taming the Black Dog of Depression
(Channel N) – Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, yet it’s still widely misunderstood. This viral video puts it simply so that everyone will finally know what you’re going through.

8 Ways to Be a Better Partner in 2014
(Relationships in Balance) – Are you guilty of making this typical relationship mistake? Go here to find out and get tips to strengthen your relationship in 2014.

Anxiety As A Big Fat Jerk: Letting Go Of The Rope
(Panic About Anxiety) – How would you describe your anxiety? Read this to learn how a metaphor can help you understand its hold on you.

Light Cures Depression
(Bipolar Unbroken) – Does light therapy really work? This blogger tried it. Read what happened when she used it and get the latest research on its potential anti-depressant effects.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Dec 2013
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APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: December 31, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 25, 2015, from


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