What do you do when you’re unhappy with the situation you’re in?

Some try to numb themselves with their drug of choice (sometimes this means food, caffeine or shopping sprees). It’s the reason why they phase out or turn off life. The pain of whatever situation they’re in, no matter how benign, makes them so uncomfortable they would rather treat the symptoms than confront the source.

One particular episode of an old reality TV show, The Osbournes,” exemplifies this. It’s the episode where Ozzy couldn’t sleep and was seeing specialists to figure out what was wrong. In a hilarious and shocking spin, they reveal recordings shot throughout the day of Ozzy (unbeknownst to him), drinking massive amounts of coffee in large bowl-sized mugs.

It’s a great example of how we may be sabotaging our health by making disadvantageous choices that over time can significantly impair our lives. Through awareness we can right our wrongs and actually delve into the problems that are placing us in situations we’d rather not be in.

This week you’ll learn alternative ways to overcome your addiction, get vital tips to help your children with bullying (especially useful with school right around the corner), find out an easy way to boost your cognition, learn why sleep is so imperative to your mental health and get advice on how to reduce your anxiety. If you’re having difficulty facing your fears or need a push to make necessary changes in your life, you’ll want to read this week’s posts. Have a great weekend!

5 Therapies To Try Before Giving Up On Recovery
(Addiction Recovery) – Recovery is hard. It’s understandable that you’d want to quit or even resist treatment. These alternative therapies, however, offer a light at the end of the tunnel. With little to no risk and lots of potential for benefit, these are worth trying for those in recovery or even individuals suffering from anxiety, depression or sleepless nights.

Mean Girls and Bullying Boys: Pitfalls and Lessons for Parents
(Parenting Tips) – This is a different world than you grew up in. If you want to help your kids get through it, you need to read this. Filled with both the errors you may be making and imperative tips on how to truly help your kids, this is a must-read for parents trying to navigate through this age of bullying.

Boost Your Brain Power – Chew Gum! 
(Partners in Wellness) – Yes chewing gum has been found to enhance cognitive function and even mood. Find it hard to believe that something as simple as gum chewing can have such positive health benefits? Check the research here for yourself.

Anxiety, Depression, And The Importance Of Sleep
(Therapy Soup) – Many of us don’t get enough sleep. And that’s not just a shame, it’s a significant problem. Sleep deprivation can cause serious side effects including exacerbating and causing mental dysfunction. If you haven’t been getting enough shut eye lately, this will motivate you to seek help for sweeter slumber now.

10 Rules for Coping With Panic: Rule #8, or How to Remember the Good Parts
(Panic About Anxiety) – Want to reprogram your brain to downplay past anxious experiences? Summer helps you to do so here.