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Best of Our Blogs: September 8, 2015


The heat. Work. Your family. The change in seasons. There’s a growing list of things that can easily pull you down. The weight of life and all its potential problems can easily translate to fear, disappointment and anxiety.

You can try deep breathing, exercising and drowning yourself in music to sweep the darkness away. But what if you need more to calm your soul?

I find that when I’m in the throes of a problem, I ruminate. I play, rewind and run through a situation back and forth as if it was a sports game. And my body suffers. I feel the tension in my stomach, the heat rise up to my face, and an overall heavy feeling takes over.

But something that I’ve discovered recently is to reorient my perspective. Instead of focusing on the single issue I’m facing, I’ve learned to spread my vision. Like a camera, you can choose to zoom away from what’s really bugging you and check out what’s going on in your peripheral vision. Maybe you’re feeling emotionally distraught, but if you tune into your surroundings, you might experience pleasure from the wind tickling your skin. Maybe you’re angry at your dad, but there’s joy in the sunsetting in the background.

If we can zoom out from the situation we’ve trapped ourselves in, we might see all the things that are actually working in our lives. Call it distraction or being open to the healing properties of the present moment, but try reading our top posts this week to see if it can widen your current view.

The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – You may think the only sociopath you know is on TV. But here are six signs you’re dealing with one personally and guidelines to protecting yourself from a sociopath.

6 Ways Depression Differs Between Men and Women
(One Sober Life) – Depression looks very different in men than women. In fact, everything from signs and coping strategies to treatment can lead to misdiagnosis. Here are the surprising differences you need to watch out for.

Want to Overcome Self-Doubt? Take These Three Steps
(Leveraging Adversity) – Self-doubt may have more to do with math than you realize. Find out what ideal equations can help you finally overcome your bout with self-doubt.

The Mystery of Mental Illness and Depression Solved?
(Mental Health Humor) – What’s the relationship between Easter Island natives and depression? Chato draws a humorous link.

Self-Care Sunday: Engaging in Absorbing Activities
(Weightless) – Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to involve extraordinary, luxurious or grand activities. According to this, simple pleasures like gardening or reading can have a tremendous impact on our sense of well-being.

Best of Our Blogs: September 8, 2015

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

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: September 8, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 26, 2020, from
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