Archive for anxiety

How to Fix Insomnia

I Cant Sleep!

I’m lying in bed after a hard day. I’ve got another hard day waiting for me tomorrow and I NEED to sleep. So why am I not sleeping yet?

I check the bright, blue numbers on my alarm clock; 11:30 PM. Have I really been in bed for an hour? Huh, feels like 4 hours.

I’ve got so many things to do tomorrow. Maybe if I run through them in my mind again I’ll be able to sleep . . . Nope, that didn’t work. I wish someone would just knock me out!

Does this sound familiar? If so, you probably have insomnia. Do you want to learn how to fix insomnia? Keep reading. Read More →

How to Manage Anxiety

 

Everybody experiences worry, fear, stress, nervousness, and tension at some point in their lives. It’s natural to fret over a test score, stress out over bills, or worry about relationships.

So how do you know if your anxiety has escalated from normal worry to dysfunctional anxiety? Here are a few telltale signs:

  • Do you worry about almost everything?
  • Do you find it hard to control your worry?
  • Do you find yourself worrying about things that other people do not?
  • Do you feel restless, tense, or on edge most of the day?
  • Do racing thoughts regularly keep you up at night?
  • Are you often irritable?
  • Do people makes comments about your anxiety? (e.g., “You’re too high strung.”)
  • Does your anxiety have a significant impact on your work, school, and/or social life?

If you answered yes to many of these questions then you might have a problem with anxiety. You wouldn’t be alone if you do. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18% of the U.S. adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder. That’s 40 million people! The good news is that you can control anxiety. Here are some practical methods to help you manage anxiety. Read More →

Meditation For Beginners

What is meditation?

Depending on the person you ask, meditation might mean praying, breathing deeply, dancing, or hiking. This post is about meditation for beginners, so let’s define meditation like this: deliberately focusing your attention on something neutral or comforting while you dispassionately observe inner and outer experiences.

In other words, meditation is a way to relax so you can relieve stress, improve focus, regulate emotions, and increase mental performance.

But how do I meditate?

Meditation has been around for a long time and is practiced in a variety of ways. I’ve tried several different approaches to meditation personally and with my therapy clients. I have found that if you’ve never tried it before, it’s best to start simple. Read More →