Mindfulness is the practice of grounding yourself in the here and now, observing your body and your environment without evaluation or judgment. The goal is to simply be aware of your sensations, your feelings, and your thoughts. Mindfulness can be used to calm yourself down from an anxiety spiral or panic attack, or to push
One of the biggest disservices you can do to your mental health is to decide that you don’t need help because your mental health isn’t “as bad as others.” Everyone experiences mental illness differently. Environmental factors, support networks, financial status, and personal sensitivities can all impact how someone reacts to a depressive or anxious episode,
Anxiety disorders are by far the most common mental health disorders that affect people all around the world. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) states that 30% of adults will face anxiety at some point in their lifetime. Anxiety is an umbrella term for several different anxiety disorders, including: Agoraphobia Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Panic disorder
You can become anxious about external situations — such as a stressful day at work, an upcoming date, or a competition you’ve entered into. When you become stressed or anxious, however, it sets off a chemical reaction in your nervous system. Ever wondered how your stress hormones and anxiety impact your body? Let’s dive into
Symptoms of anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million adults in the U.S., or about 18% of the population, every year. In 2020, The World Health Organization has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 27.6% increase in depression and a 25.6% increase in anxiety disorders worldwide. If you’ve ever noticed that your moods
We all deserve the right to live authentically, but for so many people in the LGBTQ+ community, living authentically requires a few extra steps. “Coming out” is the process of telling friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you encounter that you exist outside the heteronormative culture we live in. You are not a straight, cis-gendered person.
We all do it- watch as the big deadline approaches, our anxiety rising but our bodies not jumping to action. Then, an hour before it’s due, panic takes hold, and you finish your assignment in a caffeine-induced haze. Procrastinating is a widespread problem, with about 20% of adults being chronic procrastinators (source). It’s worse for
As summer approaches, many of us begin planning our well-deserved vacations, chill weekend getaways, and much-needed quality time with our friends and family. The weather is warmer and the sun is out which means days spent lounging at beaches, lakes, and pools are quickly approaching. Although these fun summer activities are meant to bring happiness
We all know the feeling- your stomach tightens, you feel sick, your hands start to shake, and your thoughts are racing. Anxiety is far from a rare human occurrence. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, with nearly 20% of adults experiencing it within the last year.
The time around pregnancy, birth, and post-birth is one filled with mixed emotions: joy, terror, excitement, dread. These are all normal responses to bringing a new life into the world, but sometimes they can grow out of control and begin to do harm to your mental and physical health. When this happens, Postpartum Depression can