Most of us have thoughts where we worry about the worst possible outcome, or we fixate on how we were perceived. We have thoughts that are skewed, disruptive, or just blatantly false. And then you become a mother and the anxious, negative thinking can feel like it’s nonstop. These negative thoughts are known as cognitive distortions and they can interfere in relationships, hold us back from … [Read more...] about Cognitive Distortions: The Motherhood Edition
In the last several years I have more clients reporting anxiety over a myriad of national and global concerns (political upheaval, endless financial burden/stress, climate crisis, etc.). These concerns can often cause existential anxiety, leaving many to question the meaning and purpose of their life. Here are 5 suggestions about managing existential anxiety in our stressful world: Consider … [Read more...] about Managing Existential Anxiety in Today’s Stressful World
A common statement I hear from clients (more often my female clients) is “I should not be angry.” Clients will shame themselves for feeling angry even in situations in which an appropriate response would be to feel angry. In fact, suppressing or bottling up your anger (especially in situations where anger is warranted) is not healthy! Suppressing or bottling up your anger can cause depression, … [Read more...] about Letting Anger Move You
At some point in life, most individuals will face a personal medical crisis or must live with a chronic illness. A common concern I see in my practice is an increase in anxiety after a medical event or diagnosis of a chronic illness. Here are a few things to know about medical problems and anxiety: Anxiety about medical concerns is common: Anxiety around health issues is very common. It is normal … [Read more...] about Medical Problems & Anxiety
Many people experience anxiety or feel uncomfortable in certain social situations. This nervousness and worry may be normal and appropriate given the situation. For instance most people, even those without social anxiety, may feel nervous meeting their girlfriend/boyfriend’s family for the first time. It would also be normal to feel anxious at a professional event where you have to give a toast or … [Read more...] about Do You Have Social Anxiety?
Acknowledge the Anxiety. Ignoring your anxiety might actually make you more anxious, especially if your physical symptoms increase. When you notice your anxiety, simply note the experience. Say something like “I am having some anxiety,” or “I'm feeling worried & am experiencing some dizziness.” These types of statements will help you tune into your physical & emotional experience of the … [Read more...] about 7 Simple Techniques for Coping with Anxiety