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Blog posts : "coping"

A Reminder to Laugh, and Why

A gut-wrenching paroxysm of hilarity, or laughter, is one of the most pleasurable and healing of human experiences.

Fortunately, life’s ironies and absurdities can even penetrate dark clouds of despair, and the paralysis of anxiety, to give those who are troubled the respite of a good laugh.

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Short Winter Days and Holidays: Six Ways to Sidestep SAD

As the Christmas Carol goes, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love,” but it is also the time of year when daylight savings time is over, daylight hours are shorter, and many people suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Our body’s circadian rhythm, or its 24 hour interna…

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Depression, Anxiety, and Overthinking

Overthinking is examining and reexamining negative emotions, thoughts, and memories. Both men and women can fall into a pattern of overthinking, although women tend to do it more often.

While standard worrywarts fret about the future, overthinkers circle their negative mental wagons around past occ…

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Why Depressed People Can Often Manage Practicing Yoga

There are many scientific reasons why yoga is good exercise choice for people with depression.

Practicing yoga helps us become mindful of the present, reduces stress, and helps balance the body’s hormones. Research suggests yoga increases the release of our feel-good neurotransmitters (e.g., seroto…

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Falling Apart? How To Create Mental-Emotional Glue

One of the best coping methods for stress and symptoms of a mental illness is having a creative outlet, an activity we can pour ourselves into.

It can be anything we deeply engage in such as gardening, scrapbooking, baking, yoga, writing, woodworking, or painting. Writing poems is an excellent creati…

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Three Ways To Ditch Your Dark Depressive Thoughts

When you are caught in a depressive funk, it is important to get away from your thoughts.

Although these thoughts can seem inescapable, they’re not. We can escape them because our awareness is something we can control.

It takes effort to move our awareness where we want it, but with practice it gets…

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Depression-Diabetes Connection: What You Need To Know

If you have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, it is a good idea to be screened for diabetes. Similarly, should you have diabetes, you might think about getting checked for depression. The reason for this caution is that depression and diabetes are linked.

One connection between diab…

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Attention remedy for fear: Feed your strengths, starve your weaknesses

Sometimes we become so aware of our weaknesses that we lose sight of our strengths. If it is true that we energize whatever we focus on, being attentive only to our weaknesses serves to make us weaker.  

Giving our attention is a gift to the receiver. You know this is true when another pe…

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Managing depression: Tips from a cantankerous counselor

No matter why you are depressed, it is certain that your ego mind will contribute as much mud as it is allowed to throw. It will sling thoughts such as:

1. I’m stupid
2. I don’t matter, nothing matters, nothing I do matters
3. I hate myself
4. Nobody cares, including me
5. I shouldn’t be angr…

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Mental health month: Too many people are diagnosed, or are they?

The fact that almost any behavior outside normal (whatever that is) can be given a diagnosis is either appalling or ridiculous. So many having a diagnosis would not be as alarming except a plethora of people are being medicated, children included, in numbers that defy good sense.

Or, is all…

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