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Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays

Winter and Depression

Earlier this month it was time to fall back and set our clocks back an hour. The shortening of days, the change in temperature and the lethargic changes that come about with the emergence of the autumn and winter seasons can bring bouts of depression and stress to those suffering from depressive disorders and other mental health conditions. There are many factors that come into play which can trigger depressive episodes during this season. Some of the major factors include: the shortened number of daylight hours, genetic predisposition and various brain chemicals. With winter depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, one of the major factors that affect its onset is the availability or lack of light. The changes in routine brought about by seasonal changes and gloomy nature of the weather puts stress on those suffering from depressive disorders. Studies have shown that people affected by winter or seasonal depression are able to cope better with their problems after exposure to bright lights. Due to the reduction in...

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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Health and Fitness, Holidays, News, Self Esteem

Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues

Many gatherings with family and friends filled your time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The holidays – and all of the fun (and stress)  they brought – are now past. Schedules were busy.  It’s now January 2nd. Back to real life! The return to regular life after all of the festivities can sometimes throw you off balance. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition into the New Year. Find your regular routine The holidays are a time for extra treats – sweets, rich meals, an extra glass of wine or other favorite beverage. Staying up late, sleeping in and other activities that are not part of your usual routine can make it difficult to return to work. The sooner you can get back on track, the better you will feel. Cultivate some new interests Did you learn something new over the holidays? Take some time to explore more about it by reading a book about the subject or perhaps take a class at your local...

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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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