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How Decluttering Your Surroundings Can Help Reduce Anxiety

How Decluttering Your Surroundings Can Help Reduce Anxiety

I’ve always been a very anxious person–easily overwhelmed and stressed; consumed by worry; overly sensitive; and prone to outbursts and panic attacks. And I’ve always been extremely sloppy and disorganized–constantly losing and misplacing things; a bedroom floor made out of shoes and laundry; a car full of trash and forgotten items; and forever procrastinating. The…

17 Ways You Can Manage Stress (That Actually Work)

17 Ways You Can Manage Stress (That Actually Work)

If you want to learn how to manage stress, then this post is for you! Last week we delved into what is stress and why you might be experiencing it more than others. Now it’s time to get into some seriously epic strategies for helping you manage stress. As this is such a big topic and affects…

10 Healing Plants You Can Find In Your Own Backyard

10 Healing Plants You Can Find In Your Own Backyard

Since ancient times, people have used plants to heal themselves. Frescos dating to 1500 or 1600 B.C. found on a Greek island are said to depict a goddess cultivating saffron for medicinal use. Today, using plants to treat disease is widespread in most cultures. And did you know that many herbal remedies can be found in your…

Meditate Painful Chronic Inflammation Symptoms Away

Meditate Painful Chronic Inflammation Symptoms Away

Numerous chronic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma, involve painful symptoms related to chronic inflammation. A study just released by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center found that mindfulness meditation reduces stress, which can exacerbate symptoms in these types of conditions. But here’s the big news: the research…

The Five Best Foods For Sleep (And The Five Worst)

The Five Best Foods For Sleep (And The Five Worst)

For many, the secret to getting a good night’s sleep comes down to two things–stress and diet. It’s important to not overload your digestive system two or less hours before you sleep. Including one or two of these sleep promoting foods will help to relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones…

The Good-Mood Garden: Crops That Fight Depression

The Good-Mood Garden: Crops That Fight Depression

Fight off depression by growing your very own mood enhancing garden with these crops. The act of gardening itself is extremely therapeutic. Getting your hands dirty while gardening is so effective at combating depression that it is often used in “horticulture therapy” at psychiatric hospitals. Certain vegetables and herbs are very rich in antidepressant compounds…

10 Common Stress Reactions That Only Make Things Worse

10 Common Stress Reactions That Only Make Things Worse

How’s your tolerance for stress? I’m guessing it’s pretty good. Stress is such a part of life these days that we have become experts at putting up with it. I used to be a champion at taking stress in my stride…but now I know how dangerous that can be. My Dangerous Flirtation With Stress I…

10 Ways Healthy Eating Transforms Your Mind More Than Your Body

10 Ways Healthy Eating Transforms Your Mind More Than Your Body

“We forget that, historically, people have eaten for a great many reasons other than biological necessity. Food is also about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity.” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. When people turn to healthy eating, they…

Flexing Your Mental Muscle Without Breaking A Sweat!

Flexing Your Mental Muscle Without Breaking A Sweat!

Early on in grade school, I was identified with several developmental delays, some were calling them learning disabilities because I had significant problems with reading, writing and mathematical processing – I also had a problem with my speech and I was pulled out of class on a regular basis for therapy. The only thing that…

Five Ways You Can Understand And Deal With Your Anxiety

Five Ways You Can Understand And Deal With Your Anxiety

I live with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Which means that anxiety presents itself to me every day, throughout the day. As much progress as I have made in therapy, I still find myself getting sucked into what I like to call “the anxiety vortex.” Part of my recovery has involved recognizing when I start to…