Part 2: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Part 2: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Most people feel anxious and worried from time to time, especially when faced with stressful situations like taking an exam, speaking in public, playing competitive sport or going for a job interview. This sort of anxiety can make you feel alert and focused, helping you get things done faster or perform at your best.

People with GAD, however, feel anxious and worried most of the time, not just in specific stressful situations, and these worries are intense, persistent and interfere with their normal lives.

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The Science Behind Anger

The Science Behind Anger

Anger is a normal emotion just like getting sad or happy. However, anger can begin to impact our lives negatively when it gets out of control and turns into violence, aggression, bullying and constant arguments. 

Research shows that anger can increase people's chance of developing coronary heart disease. It can also lead to stress-related problems, such as insomnia, digestive problems, and headaches.

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Getting Into a Relationship For All The Wrong Reasons

Getting Into a Relationship For All The Wrong Reasons

Relationships can be a wonderful experience where two people open their hearts out to each other and commit to share their lives together. The right relationship can make you feel joyful, full of love and can assist you to grow into the best version of yourself.

On the other hand, relationships can sometimes be unhealthy, whereby you find there are a lot of arguments, name calling, possessiveness or betrayal. 

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7 Ways You Can Spice Up Your Routine For Better Mental Health

7 Ways You Can Spice Up Your Routine For Better Mental Health

They say variety is the spice of life. Meaning, we need new experiences, challenges and exciting adventures to keep our lives joyful. Sometimes, we can get bogged up in the routine of our lives, that our life becomes just that- a routine. This can lead to boredom, lack of motivation, isolation and even depression. 

“When people are bored,” says one researcher, “they’re disengaged from satisfying activity and more likely to become internally focused in a negative, ruminative cycle.”

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Why You Need To Stop Complaining.

Why You Need To Stop Complaining.

Most of us are guilty of complaining in our daily lives, whether it be in our minds about the traffic, or to our friends about work or even the bad customer service we received last night. In fact, research shows that most people complain once every minute throughout a typical conversation.

Complaining is tempting because it feels comforting to us. As good as it may feel, it is actually detrimental on our mental and physical health.

 

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Lift Your Self-Esteem

Lift Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the degree to which we feel confident, consider ourselves valuable, and respect ourselves, and this greatly affects our well-being. Self-esteem exists on a continuum, from high to low, and low self-esteem is associated with self-doubt, self-criticism, social isolation, suppressed anger, and shame. Low self-esteem is also a symptom of several mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression.

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The Eight Predictors of Joy

The Eight Predictors of Joy

Life is tough. There is no denying that. I believe however we are still able to live a life of joy and happiness and it isn't as hard as winning 20 million dollars in the lotto or moving to an island in Greece and shutting off from the rest of the world. It can happen with no tools, no money and no resources. It can happen now and it starts with you. 

I will summarise these eight predictors of joy based on the book and my interpretations.

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Control Your Anger So It Doesn't Control You.

Control Your Anger So It Doesn't Control You.

Anger is a normal human emotion, just like feeling sad or happy. However, if anger is not managed properly and is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships at home and at work and can affect the overall quality of your life

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Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier.

Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier.

40% of the things we worry about never happen, 30% are in the past and can't be helped, 12% involve the affairs of others that are not our business, 10% relate to sickness- real or imagined.. 
so only 8% of the things we worry about are likely to happen.

How can we overcome these (mostly) invalid thoughts in order to reduce our worrying and anxiety?
 

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How To Remain a Calm Parent When Your Teen is Making You Angry

How To Remain a Calm Parent When Your Teen is Making You Angry

When you push to control your chid’s behaviour before managing your own anger, your sending the signal of ‘I’m out of control, you need to change so I can feel better’.

Of course, no parent wants to go from zero to 100, it is for the most part unintentional and like I said, an automatic response. The best way around this is- acknowledging what’s going on, understanding how important it is to get control—and ultimately gaining control of ourselves. 

 Here are some things I’ve found to be helpful for parents when I work with them.

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Why We All Should Be Compassionate

Why We All Should Be Compassionate

In our modern society, we are losing touch of feelings of togetherness and unity, so it is no surprise that people are becoming very self-centred. It's easy to get caught up in your own goals, your own happiness and your own problems. Humans are built to connect, we are social creatures, it's in our nature to be compassionate. The problem is that this nature has been buried under things like social media, new technologies, increased populations and segregation.

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What Parents Need To Know For A Healthy Relationship With Their Teen

What Parents Need To Know For A Healthy Relationship With Their Teen

Teenager's (brains) are a work in progress. I see it all too often when adults seem to forget this or are not aware of how their teenager is developing and take many things too personally. 

In order for you to engage with your teen more effectively, you have to be able to understand them. Teens will only engage with you if they feel like they have been validated, understood or acknowledged. 

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