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Emotional Health Minute: Be aware of how the news media is impacting you.

There has been a spike in stressful news being covered by the media.  Whether it’s ISIS, Ebola or Enterovirus-D68, there are worrisome issues at hand in our world and own country.  This would be enough to be concerning for anyone but if you have a tendency for generalized anxiety about “bad things happening,” you might find yourself particularly anxious. What you can do: Take in the good....

Emotional Health Minute: Don’t sabotage your growth.

If you are like most people, you’d prefer happiness over unhappiness.  Being human comes with challenges, failures, adversity as well as joy, peace and life satisfaction. Consider yourself a work in progress when it comes to your emotional health. So if your intentions are good but something still isn’t working, consider the possibility you might be sabotaging your own growth.  Consider a few ways you might be...

Emotional Health Minute: Your worry is not you.

When overwhelmed with worry it’s easy to feel like it permeates your very being.  It’s hard to separate the feeling from your very core.  That’s because it can be powerful, especially if the narrative that runs beneath you (your story) is negative: “Something bad is going to happen.” “They won’t like me.” “If I don’t keep control, I will fall...

Emotional Health Minute: Are your automatic thoughts friend or foe?

We all have an inner voice that chimes in, chirps, directs and processes experiences.  An often times damaging aspect of our inner voice are the automatic thoughts (thought+assessment+emotional reaction) that can race by without us being completely aware of them (or their consequences).  The problem is, for those who struggle with excessive worry or poor self concept, these thoughts can be toxic and perpetuate...

Emotional Health Minute: Being able to ask for help is a show of strength, not weakness.

Vulnerability is scary and for many, it’s easier to go it alone than reach out to others.  In fact, the ability to build a support team and use it, is a hallmark of resilience.  Your “team” could be one person or it could be a slew.  In my work, I’ve experienced men and women (it’s not just the men) who have rigid beliefs around what asking for help means.  Often those who believe...

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