Living Life With Anxiety

Living Life With Anxiety

Finding it hard to breathe… constant worrying… feeling aches and pains… feeling like your heart is going to literally beat out of your chest.

These are all signs of Anxiety.

Imagine you are going to a movie. This movie is truly terrifying. You crouch into your chair trying to hide behind your hands all while still trying to watch the scene playing out in front of you. You start to get a slight clammy feeling and your heart is racing. This is a similar effect of how it feels to live with anxiety.

When your movie ends, you and your friends get to laugh and go on about your day or night. However, for an anxious person, it is just not that easy.

While many choose to not speak about their anxiety, living with it can be an immensely difficult feat. The truth is that those who have never had a panic attack or general anxiety itself, cannot comprehend how this mental illness affects people. Many others pretend to not understand anxiety so that they can hide the fact that they have it.

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The #1 Way to Let Go of Past Trauma so You Can Enjoy a Deeper, Richer Sex Life with a Partner

The #1 Way to Let Go of Past Trauma so You Can Enjoy a Deeper, Richer Sex Life with a Partner

What is ‘trauma,’ anyway? How do I know if what I experienced was trauma? Or maybe I know for sure, but how the hell am I ever gonna get over this thing? 

No matter what your relationship to, or your understanding of trauma - here’s the thing - if it was a shock to your mind and body - and you’re still feeling effects from it… then I don’t care if it “wasn’t as bad” as your sister’s or your friend’s, it was real, and it matters. 

You matter.

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Self-Compassion Can Change Your Life

Self-Compassion Can Change Your Life

How many times have you judged yourself harshly for failing to live up to your expectations? If you’re like most people, the number is probably too high to count. Self-criticism, self-judgment, self-shaming – these are among the common tools in most people’s self-improvement toolbox. Trouble is, they don’t work. In fact, studies have shown that self-criticism makes us less able to cope with failure, less likely to learn from our mistakes, and more insecure and stressed.

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Breaking The Silence On Postpartum Depression

Breaking The Silence On Postpartum Depression

What do Chrissy Teigen, Brook Shields, Hayden Panettiere, and thousands of other women have in common?

They all gave birth, but instead of feeling like amazing, happy mommies, they felt withdrawn, overwhelmed, and distant.

They all had Postpartum Depression (or PPD.)

Since this month is all about women and the important accomplishments we have added to history, and amidst the #MeToo movement that has us women coming together in support of one another, I felt there was no better time to speak about something many women fight silently…

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Therapy and Its Many Colors

Therapy and Its Many Colors

When I mention the word therapy, what goes through your mind?  For many, a person laying on a couch (which tends to be leather for some reason) talking, while another person with glasses is writing vigorously, nodding their head, and asking “How does that make you feel?” every 5 minutes tends to be the most popular expectation of therapy and one of the biggest misconceptions.

What if I told you, therapy is way more than that?

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How to Make Your Child’s ADHD Their Superpower

How to Make Your Child’s ADHD Their Superpower

What if ADHD isn’t a problem? What if the attributes of a person with ADHD - the hyperactivity, the risk-taking, the penchant for multitasking – were actually a superpower?

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines has ADHD. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems has ADHD. So does Ellen DeGeneres, Charles Schwab, and the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad.

In fact, there seems to be a very strong tie between creative, versatile, entrepreneurial mindsets and individuals with ADHD.

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Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Should I Share My Story? - The #MeToo Movement

Recent social media movements have been generating more and more conversations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, trauma, and rape culture. Most prominent among these is the trending hashtag, #MeToo. #MeToo has created a space in which women’s voices and their silences hold equal importance, while honoring the many different ways in which women heal.

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Depression Symptoms and Its Consequences For Women

Depression Symptoms and Its Consequences For Women

Going through hard times is a constant thing in life, but having consistent bad days and difficult times can lead to depression. Depression affects your way of life, and it also hampers your daily activities like your career, sleeping, eating, thinking and so on.

Sometimes seen as a taboo, something not discussed in public, depression is an unlikely topic to be brought up at a dinner party but it is hugely prevalent in society today. In fact, 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health issue with over 56% of those with a mental illness not seeking treatment.

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3 Steps to Shift Your Lens Towards Connection

3 Steps to Shift Your Lens Towards Connection

Connection with others through authenticity of feeling and compassion is often a goal of therapy. In life outside therapy, creating moments to shift your lens to the connection setting can be challenging, particularly when social media and the 24-hour news cycle say otherwise. Practicing the shift involves reflecting on your perspective and taking accountability of your experience, which can seem daunting. Here’s a few ways to begin this intentional shift.

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Failure To Launch

Failure To Launch

Was she doing something wrong? Her son, Evan, was almost 30 and still living at home, well he moved back home after graduating college. Vanessa loved having him around and didn’t feel burdened by doing his laundry, cooking for him, or even picking up after him.

That’s what mom’s do, right? And with today’s economy it can be hard for young people to find good jobs that pay enough to afford an apartment, let alone pay bills and student loan debts.

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Depression. An Everyday Struggle.

Depression. An Everyday Struggle.

“I’m not really depressed, Or am I just sad?”

Our mental health can sometimes feel like a complex maze we are weaving in and out of.  It is normal to feel sad, lonely and yes, even, depressed at times. It’s a human condition, everybody does. Feeling depressed can be a reaction to personal or professional loss, bruised self-ego, bad week at work or just general life struggles.

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Women and the Stigma of Mental Health Issues.

Women and the Stigma of Mental Health Issues.

The issue of women’s mental health problems and the stigma that comes with it has raised concerns in the recent years.

Mental health issues impact both men and women. However, according to the American Psycology Association, “Women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, while men tend toward substance abuse or antisocial disorders.”

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Animal-assisted Therapy: An Undeniable Bond

Animal-assisted Therapy: An Undeniable Bond

Pet Therapy, or Animal-assisted Therapy, is a unique, but growing trend within therapy and mental health counseling that we here at Mindful Therapy Group are proud to be a part of. We have undeniable bonds with many of the animals in our lives and these bonds can be used to help facilitate therapeutic outcomes as well.

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