Anxiety makes me ache because it leads me to hold tension in my shoulder and neck area. Recently, I stumbled upon another form of relaxation. This technique of tensing and relaxing your muscles is simple and useful in alleviating the tension many of us carry throughout our bodies due to anxiety or stress.
Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be chaotic at the best of times, let alone when dealing with a global crisis. I've been living in Lima, Peru since March. This was the hotspot of COVID-19 for several months and had some of the world's strictest quarantine conditions. Paired with recent political instability, coping with my BPD symptoms has been more difficult than ever.
I had to find out what taking a COVID-19 test was like the hard way. I had to learn about the extreme anxiety that is taking a COVID-19 test the hard way. Yes, I had to take a COVID-19 test, and while I didn't want to do it, and it made for a horrifically anxious couple of days, I would do it again anyway.
Over the past several weeks, I've been participating in a mindfulness training and have begun to notice how I feel during the day more than I usually do. Normally when I experience moments in my life, I am fully immersed in them -- if I'm feeling angry, I am angry; if I'm feeling happy, I'm happy. Mindfulness encourages a slightly different method of engaging with ourselves throughout the day that can be useful when negative emotions come up. Rather than being fully immersed in them, mindfulness allows us to take a step back and notice the emotion for what it is. The teacher in this training described it as the difference between standing in a river feeling the water flow past you and standing on the bank of the river watching the current. Since I do research, I've toyed with the idea of calling this the "scientist's perspective", and this shift in perspective has actually helped me handle my day-to-day emotions better than I usually do. I will try to convey in the next few minutes why this shift in perspective can benefit you and lead to a healthier way of engaging with difficult emotions.
It's no secret that depression zaps your motivation to do, well, anything, and can drastically lower your productivity. The constant carousel of intrusive thoughts and worries can have a paralyzing effect — making it impossible to focus on anything beyond the most basic of tasks and making you feel like a failure. Fortunately, there is something you can do to help alleviate those feelings, and it involves reassessing what you think it means to be productive.
With the holidays nearly here, I've been taking some time to reflect on what it will mean to find joy during a very different holiday season. For many people, this time of year brings a mix of happiness and overwhelm. And in 2020 both feelings will likely be heightened.
Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
The holiday season is here, and for many, the dreaded holiday anxiety comes with it. The ostensibly festive and happy season can cause significant stress and anxiety. However, you can create a positive, meaningful holiday despite the very legitimate worries and challenges you may experience (especially this year--holidays 2020-sytle). The following five tips can help you have a peaceful, positive holiday season with less anxiety.
I’m Justin Hughes, and I’m thrilled to be joining "Building Self Esteem." This is a subject I have struggled with my entire life. In fact, I still struggle with it today. When HealthyPlace invited me to join this blog, I found the subject ironic, because, of my assorted mental health struggles, self-esteem is the one I have gotten over the least. I’ve made significant progress toward battling my negative self-talk, but I’ve hardly mastered it. Perhaps that’s precisely why I’m here.
Instead of apologizing all the time for the shortcomings you believe make you less worthy, try practicing forgiveness as a method to build your self-esteem. How will practicing forgiveness help your self-esteem grow?
I recently went on a social media break, and it felt great -- no doomscrolling, no aggravating my depression. Social media is where I get most of my news, and given that the world seems to be falling apart these days, it was a relief to get away from doomscrolling. But staying off social media and the Internet is not an option in modern society. What we need to do instead is figure out how to stop doomscrolling. Here are some of my suggestions for the same.