How To Stop Anxiety from Ruling Your Life

Posted By: on August 06, 2019
girl sufferig from anxiety in the dark
Anxiety and fear are two very common emotions, and there is certainly no harm in experiencing either, or both, frequently. Feeling anxious or fearful is a perfectly normal emotional response to trouble or danger, but problems can arise when our brains begin to alert us to trouble even when there is no threat. This is also a perfectly common and normal way for our brains to behave if we’ve suffered a past trauma, have a phobia, or if there is a family history of anxiety, but when left untreated

Learning How to Relax in Recovery

Posted By: on July 30, 2019
woman relaxed after recovery
While it may sound hard to believe, one of the biggest challenges of my recovery has been learning to relax and just breathe. Having CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) means that I’m often on high alert, stressed out, anxious, and hyper-vigilant. My nervous system is highly activated and just getting through a normal day can feel exhausting for me. The first step to learning to calm down my nervous system and relax my body was relearning how to breathe. I had to practice therape

Learning To Not Let Past Pain Control Your Future Happiness

Posted By: on July 23, 2019
depressed person by the ocean
Most of us will have some painful memories from our past, including tragedies and experienced loss. However, for some, dealing with the hurt, grief and anger caused by events in the past can be a daily struggle, and may even be shaping the way they live and the way they interact with others. Past pain and hurt can be mentally and physically exhausting, and while the individual may want to change the way they feel, they often don’t know where to begin. If you’re stuck in a cycle of hurt

It’s Not My Personal Battle, But I Struggle With It Every Single Day – My Loved One Is Addicted To Opioids

Posted By: on July 16, 2019
drug addicted man suffering in the dark
Do you know someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis? Maybe you know someone who has unfortunately lost the battle of addiction. You may know a few souls who have struggled with substance abuse and have waited for their drug trials in jail. Maybe you can’t even remember the times you have talked to friends or strangers who share similar stories. I understand your pain and anger. For me, it’s my sisters and brother. A few years ago, my step-sister lost a tough battle and before I

You Are the Biggest Part of the Equation

Posted By: on July 09, 2019
man and woman walking in a field
I recently ran across a quote that said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (C. Swindoll) What you do with that 90% may take you in the direction you want to go, keep you exactly where you are or, perhaps, cause you to digress. It’s easy to look at this and say this is an easy choice; but like most things we strive for, it’s never as easy as it seems. My daughter, for example, was diagnosed four years ago with an auto-immune disease. We did everything we we

Is your Backstory Holding You Back?

Posted By: on July 02, 2019
woman reading her backstory
Everyone has a backstory. It’s the personal mythology that we weave around our lives, from the beginning to the present. You see, a backstory is more than just a personal history. These origin stories often form the narrative that we use to explain who we are, where we came from, and how we got here. Problems arise when these stories become devices that we use to justify our behavior or to prevent ourselves from changing or growing. You could say that a backstory might become a “holding y

My Feelings Are My New Best Friend

Posted By: on June 25, 2019
friends sharing feelings on the beach
I’m not sure if you have ever heard of the Enneagram, but I am a type two with a wing one. Meaning, I’m the helper and I don’t do a fabulous job at being present for my own needs because I’m also a recovering perfectionist. I give and give and give until I am drained and frustrated. It sounds selfless and all, but it’s not. Long story short, only recently have I been learning about the importance of facing my feelings and not running from them. I have spent my whole life being afrai

Yoga for Anxiety

Posted By: on June 18, 2019
woman performing Yoga to relieve stress
Yoga is so much more than holding a headstand or chanting “om” as the sun rises. In fact, yoga philosophy contains eight tools for leading a life of purpose and peace, as outlined by the sage Patañjali in The Eight-Fold Path. The Eight Limbs derived from his ancient texts are utilized even today. Although many overlap and are intertwined, let’s highlight how a few of these limbs can help calm general anxiety or an acute anxiety attack. Asana – Postures Try a few of the following poses

Self-Respect Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read these 5 tips!

Posted By: on June 11, 2019
man feeling confident through self respect
Self-respect defines how we value and perceive ourselves and also how we show ourselves to the world. What is self-respect? Having self-respect does not mean you are overly confident or even arrogant; it means you have confidence within yourself. It is a form of self- love. Having Self-Respect means you are able to valid yourself, and that you are able to accept validation from other people such as family, peers, or even strangers. Through self-respect, you experience your sense of value

Depression From A Child’s Perspective

Posted By: on June 04, 2019
depressed child
1 in 5 people will suffer from one form of mental illness in their lifetime. Depression is one of the most common mood disorders. It is more than normal sadness, and it alters the way you live your life. Depression is not something you can snap out of. In some cases, it requires extended dedicated treatment programs. However, there is help out there for you. Both of my parents had one form of depression while I was growing up. My mother had post-partum depression after each of her five childr