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Best of Our Blogs: April 19, 2019

Many of us are still living in our childhood even if we're not aware of it. It's the reason we get easily overwhelmed, fall prey to others and external circumstances, and believe the world is scary. We learned these lessons early.

Therapy can help break these ingrained beliefs. Mindfulness and meditation can alert us when we're getting reeled in by our past. Is what we're feeling a realistic response to this moment or is it a reaction triggered from something that already happened?

We have the power to bring intention to every moment and situation. We can decide what kind of day we want to have or even what type of spring vacation we want to plan. Taking control over what we can helps to remind us that we're not helpless children anymore.

If you're ready to approach life with a present-minded mindset, you might even receive the secondary benefits of being less fearful and complaining less. Keep reading to see what I mean.
Books

How to Find the Strength to Leave a Relationship

It takes tremendous courage to leave a relationship that no longer fits. It takes tremendous self-love to know you deserve better. It takes tremendous faith to believe something better, someone better lies just around the corner in your future. It takes tremendous wisdom to feel deep in your bones that you were born to live a life of joy and that everything you dream about can be yours.

I am here to offer living proof that you do deserve better. That you must leave. That if you can imagine being with someone that loves you and cherishes you, empowers you and uplifts you, someone who makes your heart sing, that you can’t keep your hands off of, that makes your eyes sparkle and your pulse quicken, that person exists. How can it not be so?
Books

6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a renewed purpose and sense of hope.

John Green, one of my favorite authors, said “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” I think that’s true especially for people who struggle with depression and anxiety or some other chronic illness that is stigmatized in our culture. Between the covers of a book, we find a new world that shines some light on our reality.
General

Podcast: There’s More to Trauma than PTSD



Most of us are familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD (deservedly) gets a lot of attention, largely focused on soldiers returning from service. But trauma comes in many forms, and most people have experienced it in one form or another. In this episode, learn about the differences between PTSD and other forms of trauma, how to identify it, and what can be done about it.
General

A Spring Cleaning Primer: 15 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes or Less

Getting organized can sound exhausting, especially if your house is filled with heaps and piles of stuff. Maybe it’s on the counters. Maybe it’s on your dining room table (and every other table in your home). Maybe it’s your entire closet.
Wherever the clutter resides, you’re finding it incredibly frustrating. Because for one, clutter is all you can find—your keys, your home insurance policy, that bill that’s due any day now, not so much.
And rest assured you’re not alone.
Anxiety and Panic

Break Free of Your Anxiety and Phobias in 4 Simple Steps

Anxiety that causes serious discomfort shouldn’t have to go on forever. Yet long-term talk therapy and treatment with medications don’t always free a person who’s suffering. Millions of Americans are dealing with some form of anxiety disorder: according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), each year, 40 million American adults grapple with an anxiety disorder in some form. 

One approach that can help you break free of anxiety and phobias is a simple series of steps. Unlike open-ended talk therapy, it’s not expensive or time-consuming, and unlike pharmacological approaches, it has no side effects.
Communication

What Are Boundaries and Why You Need Them

One of the most misunderstood and important tools to develop healthy relationships is your ability to set boundaries.

Brene Brown famously said:
“The most generous people are the most boundaried."
She’s right because setting boundaries helps you to take more responsibility for your life and therefore feel more in control which increases your confidence, energy and enthusiasm for life. Boundaries help you to become more open and trusting with yourself and others, which in turn improves the quality and intimacy of your relationships.
Depression

Five Facts About Atypical Depression You Need to Know

Despite its name, atypical depression is one of the most common types of depression, affecting between 25 to 40 percent of depressed people. Because the symptoms differ from those of typical depression, this subtype of depression is often misdiagnosed.

Atypical depression was named in the 1950s to classify a group of patients who did not respond to electroconvulsive therapy or to the tricyclic antidepressant
Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: April 16, 2019

Stress creeps on you. It's the little aggravations that tear at you day after day. Traffic. Bills. Phone calls. Texts. Your child's school. Family disagreements. Balancing work and family life. Even summer vacation can be stressful.

Stress isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's the inability to build healthy support systems to cope over time that can impact your physical and emotional health.

The trick is to set up tools and create habits in place to counteract daily stress. Schedule time for self-care daily, weekly and monthly. Make sure to include exercise, meditation and time in nature.

Even when things are going well and you don't feel stressed, if you're having trouble sleeping and feel irritable, it's worth taking a second look. Are you ignoring or addressing these daily annoyances? When is the last time you unplugged and devoted time to taking care of yourself?