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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Social Anxiety, Stress

3 Ways to Relieve Holiday Anxiety

Why are the holidays, especially the Christmas season, loaded with stress? Doesn’t it seem that the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, scrambling to find that perfect gift, cause more people to be anxious? Can you find natural remedies for anxiety that really work during this time? This article will outline three problems of the holidays and natural ways that you can handle the symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety so that your holiday season will be peaceful and enjoyable. That being said, if you have a serious medical condition that requires prescribed medicine, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders. Three Reasons Anxiety Surfaces During the Holiday Season 1. High Expectations of “The Perfect Gift” Let’s face it. When Christmas becomes commercial, it is easy to base your self-worth on the opinions of what others think. You can do that in two ways – the gifts that you expect from others and the gifts that others expect from you. Both of those expectations cause stress and anxiety...

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Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anxiety, Counseling, Elderly, Family, News

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that mainly affects memory and retaining power of the brain. As the disease progresses, it interferes with everyday tasks, social skills and ultimately starts degenerating brain cells and tissue. It affects intellect, daily chores, social interactions and memory of the most basic learned activities. It is a part of a group of disorders known as dementia, and all of them cause problems with memory, intellect and social behavior. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of its onset. Signs and symptoms to look out for Alzheimer’s disease Although each patient is different and reacts differently to changes in the brain, there are some symptoms that are common to most Alzheimer’s patients. Confusion and forgetfulness in day to day activities. Trouble following numbers and working with simple calculations. Forgetting recent information like appointment dates, new chores or names of new people. Recent memories are affected the most at first. Inability or...

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Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Anxiety, Holidays, News, Stress

Women and Holiday Stress

For many women, the approaching holiday season can be a cause of stress rather than fun and excitement. For working mothers, the holidays can be even more stressful than for most people. There are several reasons that can be attributed to increased holiday stress for women. Women are conditioned to do more The ‘ideal woman’ image is doing more harm to women than helping them. Most women end up doing the bulk of the household chores even in this day and age. This is true for working women as well as stay-at-home moms. Women also tend to refuse help from their partners due to this conditioned habit, which ultimately becomes a cause of stress. Combine this with the frantic pace of the holiday season and you get the perfect recipe for holiday stress. Counter measures Accept help when offered. You are not going to be less of a mother or a bad wife if you let your family help you. If you get no offers to help, delegate work...

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Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Relationships, Stress

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

Holidays can get tiring because of the demands that come with them. What is meant to be a time away from stress and tension may end up involving the same yet again. With a few resolutions and precautions, it is possible to ensure stress-free holidays by keeping all your worries at bay. Understand your people The key to be free from conflicts during happy occasions is not to be over sentimental. Purposely or not, your family members may behave in a way that might hurt you. Being tolerant of such niggling details will let you enjoy the festive time with your loved ones. Learn to let go of expectations and compulsive attitudes and be forgiving instead. Try not to be fussy about people making fun of you, the traditions or celebrations. Learn to laugh with them or to simply counter them with a better joke. Plan ahead of holidays Holidays can mean a lot of work. So, planning is a must. Refer to the calendar and mark the days...

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Anxiety, Children, News, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Stress

Seven Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Anxiety

It is never easy to see your child uncomfortable, afraid or in pain. Your natural instinct is to protect them from anything that makes them even remotely unhappy. But that may not be the best thing to do when your child is suffering from bouts of anxiety. How can you help your child deal with their anxiety in a positive way? Help your child with anxiety Anxiety has slowly become one of the leading problems among children of all ages. Although close to 20 percent of children and adolescents suffer from anxiety at some point in time, most parents and caregivers are clueless on how to handle anxiety in their little ones. Here are a few positive ways to help your child with anxiety. Respect what your child is feeling, but do not feed into the anxiety. Do not belittle their feelings, but do not make it bigger for them than it actually is either. Simply let them know you are there to help them out. Talk to your...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Children, Counseling, Family, News

Recognize Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a type of stress. It affects all people from time to time. It begins with mild uneasiness and in its most extreme form, graduates to total panic. When people are anxious, it means they are worried that something might go wrong and they will begin to feel as if they are in some type of danger. Children can also suffer from anxiety- it can be about changing school, attending a test, giving a presentation in class, speaking to someone or anything else. Such experiences make a child focus on ‘what if’s’ situations such as ‘what if it doesn’t go well’, ‘what if I screw up’ and so on. If you don’t reassure the child during this time, it can eventually lead to more serious anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias (including social phobia) and panic attacks. If you keep a close eye on your child, you will know when your child is anxious and can help him or her cope with it. Here are...

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