How many times have you worked yourself into a panic only to realize later that what you were worried about never happened? Yep, we’re all guilty of it because most of the time we’re on autopilot. The mind’s constant chatter drives our thoughts and behaviors. If we don’t pay attention, it can get the best of us.

This morning, for example, I woke up not in blissful transition from restful sleep, but in panic. My mind raced with things I needed to do, with worries built up from yesterday and the fear of the unknown resting heavily on my shoulders. Like a TV station constantly streaming the news, it jumped from one concern to another with no silly commercial breaks to lighten the load. It was my morning meditation CD that snapped me out of it. Focusing on the sound of the speaker’s voice, I was pulled out of my own thoughts. I realized my life was not falling down around me. My life was right here in this moment lying in bed, safe and sound.

You need only pay attention to witness how your thoughts are running/ruining your life. If you’ve been in a flurry of stress and chaos lately, I recommend you read our first post. It’s an easy way to get you out of your head and back to the comforts of the here and now. Also, if you’ve noticed you’re a lot more stressed today than you were years ago, you’ll appreciate our post on the internet’s impact on stress and anxiety. If you’re like me, the constant stream of news via the media doesn’t do much to help cultivate a sense of peace in your life. But not to worry, our posts this week should help.

Relax, You’re Already Home
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Feeling stressed? If you’ve been feeling out of balance lately, this short exercise will return you to a sense of peace and mindfulness.

Can Trauma Enhance Creativity?
(The Creative Mind) – When you think of trauma and traumatic events, you might not necessarily think of creativity. But for these individuals, trauma opened the door to their creative expression.

Stress and Anxiety: The Double-Edged Sword Known as ‘The Internet’
(Relationships in Balance) – Yes there are a multitude of benefits that come with having access to the news and the internet. But they come at a cost. Read this and you’ll not only learn how the media and your computer may be contributing to your stress and anxiety, but you’ll learn what you can do to decrease some of their negative effects.

Understanding Anger in the Aftermath of Trauma and Disaster 
(Healing Together for Couples) – One emotion following trauma that you might not automatically consider is anger. Learn anger’s place in your ability to heal after a disaster or traumatic event.

Coping With Failure Constructively
(Weightless) – How do you deal with failure? Instead of beating yourself up about it, read this to learn helpful and empowering ways to cope with self-doubt and insecurity the healthy way.