Home » Blog » Best of Our Blogs: April 17, 2012

Best of Our Blogs: April 17, 2012

It could be a single stressful event or a string of them, but one thing is for sure, the constant worries, fears and anxiety that weigh heavy on your shoulders are what’s to blame for your unhappiness. The energy given to unnecessary what-if’s prevent you from living the way you want to live, sucking hope and possibility from your life.

Think about the obsessive thoughts and “shoulds” that wear on you day to day. The thing you should have said or shouldn’t have told a friend when they were grieving a loss. The lack of empathy we have, not just for our kids for bad grades, but ourselves.

Over time, they wear you down. They sabotage the life you were meant to live by draining your physical and mental energy and stressing you out.

The solution?

This week our bloggers are giving us all a mental shift by freeing us from limitations, from labels that don’t help us, and from teaching us how not to let our own impossible expectations and pressures dictate our lives. It’s a way to open up, break down old patterns and build new healthier ones. Sometimes all it takes is a shift in old thinking. This should help.

In Defense of Your “Lazy” Child
(Always Learning) – What we define as laziness could be indicative of fatigue, mental exhaustion and a learning issue. This powerful post will make us all think twice about judging our children’s “lazy” behaviors.

Exercise: Improve Your Mood and Help Repair the Effects of Stress
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Want to try something that will help you learn better, be more creative and reduce the harmful effects of stress on your body all without having significant side effects? Read why exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mind too.

10 Thoughts that May be Stressing You Out
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – Surprisingly, it’s not other people’s expectations that stress you out, it’s your own. Find out what thoughts are wearing you down and what to do about them here.

Empathy vs Sympathy
(Therapy Case Notes) – What are the true differences between empathy and sympathy and which one is best in helping loved ones in the midst of grief? Get a better understanding of what empathy and sympathy really is in this post.

Mindfulness Is a Mindlessness of Self
(360 of Mindful Living) – There are many ways to understand mindfulness. Read this to learn about how you can achieve the experience of oneness by removing the self and object and returning to a sense of mindlessness.

Best of Our Blogs: April 17, 2012

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

No comments yet... View Comments / Leave a Comment
APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2012). Best of Our Blogs: April 17, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2018, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 17 Apr 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Apr 2012
Published on All rights reserved.