Ten Psychological Techniques for Stress and Anxiety

These are very good and useful ways to reduce stress and anxiety especially since we can't avoid all of the stress and anxiety that life brings to us. Try these and feel better:   Ten techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can’t avoid. The best way to reduce stress is, of course, to identify the source and get rid of it. If only this were possible. You can try to avoid people who stress you out, say ‘no’ to things you know will cause you stress, and generally do less stuff. Unfortunately, this is often out of the question or you would have already done it. So, here are 10 techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can’t avoid. 1. Develop awareness This is the step most people skip. Why? Because it feels like we already know the answer. But sometimes the situations, physical signs and emotions that accompany anxiety aren’t as obvious in the moment. Here are a few common symptoms of stress and anxiety: excessive sweating. dizziness. tension and muscle aches. tiredness. insomnia. trembling or shaking. a dry mouth. headaches. So, try keeping a kind of ‘anxiety and stress journal’, whether...

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Mental Health Tests and Quizzes

I found these tests and quizzes at Psych Central. Now here is the disclaimer: if you or anyone you know decide to take these tests just for fun then have fun. However, if you or someone you know is taking these tests and quizzes because you're concerned that you might have one of the disorders, you should seek at least one session of counseling with a therapist to review whether or not the therapist agrees that you do have that diagnosis. Self tests aren't always reliable so don't freak yourself out. Just make an appointment with a licensed therapist. Tests and quizzes can also be fun to take just to prove to yourself you don't have any of these disorders, don't we all do that or at least succumb to Facebook quizzes? http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Wikipedia has a terrific article about social anxiety disorder or SAD. It explains everything you would want to know if you think that might be something you or someone close to you has. "Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_anxiety_disorder

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The Value of Sadness

This is a very interesting talk that resonates with my observations over more than than twenty-five years as a therapist, that humans don't seem to grow emotionally without some form of pain or anxiety. So, when you're struggling with something it's likely that you're also growing. The talk also discusses sadness as opposed to anger or violence bringing people closer to each other. In my office I educate people to say what they need to say coming from the place of sadness or pain and not from anger, which is adrenaline dumped into the body as a way to get out of pain. Sometimes that's important but when attempting to communicate strong emotions with another it's pretty useless. Follow this link for the entire talk by Courtney Stephens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8li-3pRrA5Y

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