It’s been rainy and dreary in Pittsburgh lately. The seasons are changing. The days are getting shorter. And with the lack of sun, many of us are going to feel this shift. Especially for those that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months. Your energy feels drained and you may feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
It’s normal to feel down once in a while. But if you’re sad most of the time and it affects your daily life, you may have clinical depression. This serious mood disorder causes severe symptoms. These symptoms affect how you feel, think, and manage your daily life. Depression also causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. The word depression is actually just an umbrella term for a number of different types, from major to atypical to dysthymia.
Coping with generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety. That word is everywhere today. Coworkers talk about it. So do your friends. Even your mom does! Anxiety involves feelings of worry, fear, and apprehension. And it’s typically experienced on cognitive, emotional, and physical levels. Maybe you have negative thoughts. Or you might feel scared and out-of-control. You might get really sweaty or start to tremble. Some people even feel short of breath. Does anxiety affect your life on a constant basis? Here are different treatment methods you can use to cope!
Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created PreventAddiction.info after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. Though she discovered there is no guaranteed way to prevent addiction; she was able to find many helpful resources that can keep the public up to date on the latest prevention, addiction, and recovery information.
There’s no magic solution to make your recovery journey quicker or easier. Recovery is a long, difficult journey, and there are many things that help you along the path. And, unfortunately, many things that impede your progress. As a result, you must actively seek out progress boosters, and outdoor activities certainly qualify as a positive outlet.
Weighted blankets calm anxiety, according to science. In its simplest form, a weighted blanket is just that. A blanket that is intentionally heavier than a standard blanket. Remember how it felt to crawl underneath one of your great-grandmother’s quilts and how the heaviness of it felt comforting? It’s kinda like that. A study published in 2015 found that a weighted blanket lengthened average sleep time. The study also found a decreased disruptive movement of people suffering from insomnia. Study subjects also reported that they “liked sleeping with the blanket. They found it easier to settle down to sleep and had an improved sleep.”
Self-care. It’s everywhere. Self-care is a popular blog topic and Pinterest pin. It has hashtags and YouTube videos dedicated to it. Many push it in the direction of pampering. A sheet mask here. A bath bomb here. For some of us, it’s a girls night. We stay in and eat ice cream and do a DIY face mask. For others of us, it’s reading our favorite book while swinging in a hammock. Perhaps with a glass of wine. And as much as I’m here for all of these things, self-care goes way beyond face masks and bubble baths. There is another side to self-care, one that’s not often discussed in this self-care conversation. It’s working on yourself.
Almost everyone has heard of the dreaded phrase “Midlife Crisis”. The average woman experiences one at the age of 44. The two most common female reasons for a midlife crisis are that their children are suddenly gone and that their lifestyle changes enable more opportunities. It could also be cause by menopause. In this “Midlife Crisis Series” we are going to explore the different ways that therapy can help during this new life chapter. Last week, we discussed the cost of a midlife crisis. And we compared the average impulse buys to the cost of therapy. This week, we want to go a bit more in-depth. And discuss the ways that therapy reveals opportunity in the midst of a midlife crisis.
The average woman experiences a midlife crisis at the age of 44. On average these crises last anywhere from 2-5 years. The two most common female reasons for a midlife crisis are that their children are suddenly gone and that their lifestyle changes enable more opportunities. It could also be cause by menopause. Not to mention other biological and psychological changes. Women this age may also been asking themselves if they have been living to their full potential. In this “Midlife Crisis Series” we are going to explore the different ways that therapy can help during this new life chapter.
Getting back up after a relapse. Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created PreventAddiction.info after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. Though she discovered there is no guaranteed way to prevent addiction; she was able to find many helpful resources that can keep the public up to date on the latest prevention, addiction, and recovery information.
The road to recovery from substance abuse is long and winding. Maybe the road has been straight as an arrow for a while. But relapse into old behaviors is still a very real possibility. In fact, between 40 and 60 percent of people who are treated for drug addiction will relapse, and the rate of relapse after treatment for alcohol addiction is about 90 percent. If you or a loved one falls into one of these categories, here are a few steps you can take to move forward after your relapse.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present. It allows us to be in full awareness of where we are. Not to mention what we’re doing. And mindfulness helps us to not be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. And yet, while mindfulness is something all of us can do, it’s really hard to cultivate. This skill only can occur when you practice it on a daily basis.