Many of us are unaware of how guilt affects our lives. So let’s dive into the facets of this complex emotion and begin stepping away from guilt.

Stepping Away from Guilt

In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about stress. How to recognize if you’re stressed. The physical effects of stress. Stress management practices. Even how to restructure your thoughts. Today, we are taking a look at a specific emotion that ties into stress: guilt. Many of us are unaware of how this emotion affects our lives and enables mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. So, sit back and let’s dive into the facets of this complex emotion and begin stepping away from guilt.

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Sometimes our minds process incorrect information. Cognitive distortions are ways that our mind convinces us of things that aren’t necessarily true.

Restructure Your Thoughts: Cognitive Distortion

Our minds are simply incredible. The way they can take in information – analyze it, store it, and connect it – to create. It is the spark of human ingenuity and genius. Our minds are responsible for creating a world of beauty and innovation. However, our minds aren’t always creating positive things. Sometimes our minds make faulty connections and process incorrect or misguided information. Cognitive distortions are ways that our mind convinces us of things that aren’t necessarily true. And unfortunately, these inaccurate thoughts tend to reinforce negative thinking or our emotions. Today, we’re going to learn about 5 different kinds of cognitive distortion and learn how to restructure your thoughts.

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There are a number of ways to reduce tension, yet, some are much more effective for some than others. How is your stress management practice?

Stress Management Practices

As of late, we’ve been talking a lot about stress. We’ve talked about the physical effects of stress and that realization that you’re actually more stressed than you thought. Between juggling work, family, friends, and other commitments, it’s easy to become stressed out. There are a number of ways to reduce tension and relax. However, some are much more effective for some than others. It’s important to find positive methods though. Even though some negative methods still bring stress relief, they actually bring more harm than good in the big picture. Today let’s dive into positive and effective stress management practices to help you live a more relaxed 2019.

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“Am I Stressed Out?” 

Stress has always been a part of the human experience. Our ancestors stressed about hunting and gathering enough food. They stressed about weather phenomena, empires collapsing, and wars. Today, we are faced with stress in almost every part of our physical and now, digital, lives. We are actually faced with so many different stressors, that sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re stressed out! Think about that. Some of us are already so chronically stressed that we don’t know what being calm even feels like. So before you add another worry to your plate, take a second to reflect. And ask yourself this question, “Am I stressed out?”  Read more

While a little stress can be beneficial, too much stress can lead to a number of health issues. So what are the physical effects of stress?

The Physical Effects of Stress

The physical effects of stress. It’s Monday morning. Getting into work was a nightmare. Traffic was abysmal and you were certain you were going to be late. You rush into your cube like a tornado, knocking things over and almost spilling your coffee. You sit down to start your computer. The minutes seem to drag on as hear the hum of your laptop booting up. You begin to get antsy, and your hypothalamus sends out the order send in the stress hormones. These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly.  Read more

More people are looking for more natural ways to treat anxiety - look no further than your pantry as research shows tea for anxiety can help!

Don’t Spill the Tea, Drink It: Tea for Anxiety

Anxiety seemed to be the buzzword of 2018. It became less stigmatized as more and more people began talking about it. Anxiety (and depression) are often treated with antidepressants. But the side effects aren’t always manageable. More and more people are looking for more safe and natural ways to treat anxiety. Tea is often used as a coping tool during stressful situations. And there are certain teas for anxiety that can help.

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Here are tips on how to actually get healthy in 2019

How to Actually Be Healthy in 2019

A lot of our New Year’s resolutions revolve around health, fitness, and wellness. And it seems as though most of us give up on those goals mere weeks after starting. Part of the reason is that we only think about health and wellness in a physical way – through nutrition and exercise. But health isn’t just about what you’re eating or how you’re moving. It’s about what you’re thinking and saying too. Here are some tips on how to actually be healthy in 2019.

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According to the Law of Attraction, we are constantly sending out signals into the universe. What are you attracting?

How to Use the Law of Attraction

The concept of attracting specific things into our lives has many names. Manifestation. The Secret. The Law of Attraction. The theory states that regardless of your age, nationality, or religious belief, we are all susceptible to the laws which govern the Universe. It is through the specific Law of Attraction in which we utilize the power of the mind to translate our thoughts in reality. If you think about it, all of our thoughts turn into things in some way or another. If your thoughts tend to focus on the negative, your reality shifts to that perspective. But if you focus on positive thoughts, you will always find a way to achieve them.  Read more

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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