Years before I the kids, I had that friend. You know that friend. The one that you go everywhere with. The one that you call for no reason. The one that everyone tells you is bad for you, but you don’t listen. Wait … what? Yeah, that...
Shifting Anxiety Towards Positive Action. When we are confronted with anxious or worrisome events our bodies react differently than when faced with a normal situation. This causes the fight or flight response to naturally respond. Some people automatically go into fight mode. A majority of us respond with flight and the mental repercussion is transformed into anxiety and stress. And when we go into flight mode all the blood rushes out of our brain and into our limps so we can run away, meaning we are not thinking our most effectively.
At some point in our lives, we all deal with painful and negative emotions. Whether those emotions are fear, anxiety, resentment, or other fear-based emotions, if we do not learn to manage those emotions properly, they can get the best of us and destroy us.
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I had never felt anxious before – and I am positive I never wanted to feel it again.
It wasn’t the first time we moved on short notice. This time we were living in Arizona. I was in second grade, so that made me like 8 or 9 years old, I think. I came home after school to find the apartment all packed up in boxes. Mom and my stepdad told me to say goodbye to my friend Crystal because we were leaving that night.
Dealing with my job loss was an incident in my life. Truth be told, it has been almost 7 years, I am occasionally hurt or angry about the entire situation. Job loss can be a major trauma in your life or the life of someone you care about. Really, even people who don’t even like their jobs experience a sense of grief and fear when they lose their job. Our jobs are often tied to our sense of self and greatly influence our self-esteem and self-worth. It’s not just a paycheck.
Create a Winter Self-Care Kit
It’s winter here in the Midwest. Although today is very nice compared to a typical November day in Wisconsin, the weather can change quickly here. I was born in Wisconsin, so I know that winter can be a challenge to get through sometimes.
Has anyone ever told you to stop being so defensive? That advice frustrates a lot of the colleges and clients I work with. I mean, how can someone be giving another person bad news or “constructive” criticism and the expectation is they will not have any type of emotional reaction? If there is not reaction, doesn’t that say something too, like perhaps they don’t care to change based on the advice given to them?
Burnout is when your mental (and physical) endurance has been exhausted. You have worked so hard and long that you can barely bring yourself to continue.
The idea of sleep training often comes up when new parents are exhausted, and they reach out to their parents and ask them … desperately … “How do I get my baby to sleep at night?” Yet, sleep training isn’t just for babies. I mean surely us adults don’t...