89% of Unhappiness Rooted in Comparisons

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OK, so maybe I made up that 89% statistic, but I think it illustrates an important point: You are great just BEING YOU. Too often, believing anything less comes from comparing yourself to others, whether it’s about money, possessions, looks, or anything else.

So if you’re guilty of constantly comparing yourself to others – it’s time to stop!

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Easing the Back-to-School Transition: 5 Steps to a Calmer School Year

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The start of the school year is an overwhelming time for parents and children alike – and it can be especially hard on those who are struggling with stress and anxiety. As a parent, you’re dealing with a hectic schedule and new morning and evening routines. There are times when it seems next to impossible to juggle work, caring for younger children, and getting the kids to and from school and extracurriculars, while still managing household chores and other personal matters.

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Mourning Time Lost to Anxiety or Mental Illness

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Lately, I’ve been mourning what I view as a serious loss.

It wasn’t the loss of a person or a pet or property. Rather, I’ve been mourning all the time in my life that I lost to anxiety – all those years I can never get back. What if? I find myself thinking. What if I’d reached out for help earlier? Where would I be now? Would my life be better?

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Are You in a Toxic Relationship?

At some point, nearly everyone will encounter someone “toxic,” or find themselves involved in a toxic relationship with a friend, family member, coworker, or romantic partner. These toxic entanglements attack your state of mind and well-being in the same way that actual toxins attack your body. Toxic relationships can destroy your self-worth and confidence, drain you emotionally, and leave you questioning all the things you once liked about yourself. For those who already struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental illness, toxic people can be especially detrimental. They can also bring a previously healthy person down to the point where he or she develops anxiety and depression issues that weren’t there before.

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Four Common Excuses Anxiety Sufferers Make About Their Health

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I’ve always had a high level of health-related anxiety – Is that ache in my side something serious? Do I need that new medicine I saw on TV? Are there harmful chemicals in my shower gel? Yet paradoxically, I also tend to neglect legitimate health matters. I put off annual exams, ignore issues until I can’t any longer, and make choices that I know aren’t good for me. When it comes down to it, it often just feels too intimidating or even terrifying to address these things. (If something is really wrong, maybe it’s better not to know, I rationalize).

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Why Are We So Anxious About Weight?

scale and bar bellsThe relationship an average woman in a Western country has with her body goes something like this: weight and appearance concerns arise somewhere between potty training and kindergarten, and by ages 8-10, she’s already tried at least one diet. By her pre-teen years, she is deeply dissatisfied with how she looks, and she’s convinced she’s too fat. When she hits puberty, her concerns become more focused, and she hates her hips, her thighs, her stomach. By the time she turns 18, she’s in good company, because 80% of her friends feel this way too. As a young adult, she feels overwhelming pressure look a certain way and restrict her diet, and throughout adulthood, she continues to long for “perfection” that she hopes is just a fad diet or new beauty product away.

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Workplace Burnout?

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If you find yourself negatively affected by a long commute, low pay, lack of work-life balance, or some other work-related issue, you are not alone. According to the 2014 Work Stress Survey, eight out of 10 Americans share your pain.

Of course, work has never been a stress-free environment, but it is generally accepted that workplace stress and anxiety is on the rise in nearly every field of employment. While chronic stress is never good for anyone, these statistics suggest even more potential problems for those who suffer from anxiety disorders.

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Stress, Anxiety and Chronic Pain: An Epidemic

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These days it seems like not a day goes by without a least one alarming news report highlighting the “epidemics” besieging the United States – obesity, cancer, Type II diabetes, autism, and on and on. But there is an epidemic going on in this country that receives considerably less fanfare: chronic pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is a condition that impacts more Americans than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. In fact, it can be so debilitating that chronic pain is the leading cause of Americans going on long-term disability. While there are seemingly infinite possible causes of long-term pain, studies have shown that it is often inextricably linked with stress, anxiety and depression.

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Less Stress at Work than at Home?

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As workplace stress levels rise and employers expect more and more from their workers, a new study from Penn State University uproots the conventional wisdom that for most, the office is a major stressor, while home is a sanctuary away from it all.

For the study, researchers took into account participants’ self-reported stress levels, as well as, their actual cortisol (stress hormone) levels, at work and at home. Surprisingly, they found that people – particularly parents — tend to be less stressed at work than at home.

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