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Why Do I Have So Much Stuff? Getting to the Root of Clutter

Why Do I Have So Much Stuff? Getting to the Root of Clutter

Have you ever attempted to get rid of some of your stuff and realized it was much harder than you thought it would be? Do you look around the room and wonder how you ended up with so much? While items were previously purchased for utility, the rise of consumerism, consumption, and goods as status...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1 For individuals who are shy or have social anxiety, it can be very hard to feel comfortable interacting in social situations. These situations can range from one-on-one conversations, group meetings, social events, or performance situations. Oftentimes, it is difficult to speak up or express an opinion due...

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Tips From an Anxiety Specialist on Organizing Your Filing System

Tips From an Anxiety Specialist on Organizing Your Filing System

Out of all the things we have to organize in our lives, paperwork is one area that most people struggle with or just hate to deal with altogether. There are several factors that might contribute to this difficulty. First, you have to create a system for your papers. If you do not have a system...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3 I have been discussing several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Conversation Skills Many people with social...

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The Impact Anxiety Has on Sleep and Tips for a Worry-Free Bedtime

The Impact Anxiety Has on Sleep and Tips for a Worry-Free Bedtime

HOW DOES ANXIETY IMPACT SLEEP? When we worry, we become physiologically stimulated resulting in alertness and difficulty with sleep. Worry gives our brain a signal indicating there is a threat and our body instinctively prepares itself for action. So of course it is hard to sleep. TIPS TO IMPROVE ANXIETY AT BEDTIME Make Your Bedroom...

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Want to Help Someone with Anxiety?  Don’t Make Promises You Cannot Keep

Want to Help Someone with Anxiety? Don’t Make Promises You Cannot Keep

When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch In order to be supportive we often feel that we should give empathy, encouragement, and reassurance to others. While empathy and encouragement are highly recommended, there are times when reassurance may do the opposite of what we intend. For some people, reassurance becomes a crutch. People feel like they need...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4 Today is the final article exploring several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Balanced Communication Communication...

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Tricho-tillo-what??? Understanding Trichotillomania

Tricho-tillo-what??? Understanding Trichotillomania

Tricho-tillo-what??? What is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania (TTM or trich) is a disorder characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and other areas of the body, often causing bald patches. Pulling is most common during sedentary activities but varies greatly in its severity. While some individuals report they are very aware...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2 This series covers several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Pre-Conversation Skills Before even beginning conversations, it...

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How to Reduce Jet Lag: Fasten Your Seatbelt; It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

How to Reduce Jet Lag: Fasten Your Seatbelt; It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

Flying across time zones puts our internal circadian rhythm, or sleep/wake cycle, out of sync with our external environment. Eventually, our natural cycles will adjust, but it takes time. While our bodies try to adapt to the new schedule, we may suffer from: Sleep problems: fatigue, insomnia, or nighttime awakenings Upset stomach Headaches Impaired judgment...