things to let go of

Five Things to Let Go of Before 2019

We almost made it. In a few weeks, another year will have ended. And a new one full of opportunity takes its place. With the new year approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the past 365 days. And it’s an even better time to let go of any baggage holding you down. And while many of us adopt the “new year, new me” mantra, many of us find it’s not very sustainable. That’s because we have to address the things that held us back the year before. Otherwise, you’ll keep falling into the same patterns and habits of the cycles you’re trying to break.

If you’re ready to make space for growth, here are 5 things to let go of before 2019.

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building your coping toolbox

Social Anxiety: Building Your Coping Toolbox

Last week, we began discussing social anxiety, an increasingly common mental condition. Social anxiety is an intense and persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. And can lead to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, self-consciousness, and depression. This fear can affect a number of aspects of your life. This includes work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends. But social anxiety disorder doesn’t have to stop you from reaching your potential. We dove into the general aspects of this condition, including symptoms and helpful therapy treatments. But this week, we wanted to discuss the tools you can begin cultivating on your own. Developing positive coping skills is crucial. And we don’t just mean for social anxiety. Having an array of skills can help you overcome almost any obstacle life throws you. Keep reading to learn ways to begin building your coping toolbox.

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Social Anxiety: More than Shyness

Before we even begin, let’s reflect for a moment, shall we? Are you extremely afraid of being judged by others? Do you often stress out before leaving your home – especially when you have to go to really crowded places? Do you turn into a tornado of fabric trying on every article of clothing you own before attending an event? Are you very self-conscious in everyday social situations? Do you pretend to be on your phone or taking a call just to appear busy? Do you avoid meeting new people? What about people you know? Does this sound like you? If you have been feeling so for at least six months and it’s affecting your everyday tasks, you may just have a social anxiety disorder.

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coping with a move

Coping with a Move

Relocating to a new city or town is stressful. Even if the move means you’re doing well in life. Change is scary. Uprooting yourself from the familiar is never comfortable. And there can be a number of challenges when trying to adjust to this new chapter. You may ask yourself questions such as “How will I ever learn my way around or meet new people?”. Or even, “Did I make the right choice? Will I be miserable here?”. The good news is you aren’t alone in these emotions and feelings. And there are a number of ways you can begin coping with a move.

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Building a Strong Recovery: Exercise and Addiction

Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created 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.

It should come as no surprise that exercise is often used in drug and alcohol treatment. Maintaining a physically strong and active body will keep you healthy, but exercise has a few surprise benefits that can help you avoid drugs and alcohol.

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It’s Time to Develop a Gratitude Practice

It seems as though more and more people are getting involved in gratitude practices. But what is gratitude exactly? The dictionary definition is “the quality of being thankful”. And “readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Yet how many of us practice gratitude on a daily basis? Expressing gratitude is more than courtesy, manners, or being polite. It’s about showing your heartfelt appreciation. And did you know, people who regularly practice gratitude by taking the time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience a number of benefits? Benefits that include more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

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How to Find Hope

How to find hope. I’m not sure about you, but my hope levels have been a little low lately. I’m catching glimpses of it every so often. But I can never keep my grip on it for very long. Proverbs say, “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything”. When you don’t have hope, you have no energy or motivation for therapy. Or for any effort to change your situation. What’s the use in reaching out to meet people?  You know you’ll be rejected.  Why bother exercising or cleaning your home or volunteering? It won’t really make a difference. You know you will always be lonely, depressed, anxious, unemployed, or stuck in the same situation that is making you miserable. You don’t want to risk the pain of further disappointment by even trying.

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seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder: A Guide

It’s been dreary in Pittsburgh lately. With this last snow blast, it seems as though the seasons are changing. The days are still 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.

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What is Depression?

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.

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Coping with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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!

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