Acknowledge and Fight the Stigma – A recent NPR interview with Author and Professor Dr. Anthony Rostain discusses the burgeoning mental health epidemic on college campuses. A record number of students are feeling anxious and find it difficult to get help even though they know it is available. In some cases students might even be adamantly against it. Why? Well the reasons vary but one stands out - denial or procrastination. Only 1 in 4 students get the counseling.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we need to shine a light. We live in an anxious world, and it's becoming increasingly so. Economic insecurities, tragedies (personal or constant bombardment by the news), and general feeling of lack of control over the future. Here are some ways to help.
Normal Worry vs Anxiety
Maybe you are feeling insecure about finances, an unstable relationship, the political landscape, climate change, or...
Let’s understand what anger is...
Anger is part of our emotional vocabulary. Maybe you’ve felt anger towards yourself, a family member, colleague, partner, the dog, traffic, the state of the world (who hasn't....). There are many degrees of anger ranging from frustration to white hot rage.
Anger is a signal that something is not right - maybe a boundary has been violated, maybe you feel you are being prevented from getting something you really want; perhaps you have been hurt so much that you cannot take it anymore, maybe you feel appalled or helpless about some circumstances or situation right now.
Alternatively, anger is also sometimes a mask for more painful emotions like shame, fear or the ego wanting to protect you and it just feels safer to show up as anger.
The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad.
Like any emotion, it’s conveying a message, telling you that a situation is upsetting, or unjust,...
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1. Heart wisdom - Ask what if?
There's a story of a student and a master. One day, the student asks his master the purpose of his life. She answers, "Only you can find that, but knowing of your purpose is not found in your mind, but rather in your heart.
"If you knew, right now, that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you most regret that you had not accomplished?"
He responded that he would regret not making peace with his family and not creating his own center for learning. The master smiled and said, "See how you discovered it for yourself. Now, it is now up to you to go and make these your reality." Your answer is waiting for you inside.
2. What makes you feel alive?
What makes hours feel like minutes? What puts you into the zone? Creativity, your relationships, solving problems, teaching people, exploring. For me, I love writing. The hours disappear. For you, it could be painting, hiking, looking after others.
3. Turning pain into purpose:...
Everyone faces times when life presents challenges:
What do these all have in common?
You are expecting a certain result, and it’s not happening the way you want it to be. And you are annoyed, disappointed or just plain sad. Who has said to themselves: “This shouldn’t be happening. I shouldn’t be having this experience. Life isn’t fair.”
Your heart hurts. Ok, everyone feels that way sometimes – so what can you do?
In Byron Katie’s book called Loving What Is, she says, “Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking...
Let’s start with one thing – self-care is not selfish. It’s one of the best preventative wellness strategies you can ever find – why? Burnout can happen – whether you are running your own life, a family or a movement, just as you have to take care of a car so it doesn’t break down, you have to take care of your own vehicle, which is created to take you where you want to go…if you look after it!
So what’s gets in our way?
First, understand that this matters. You don’t want to wait for a health scare to realize that you are running yourself into the ground. Anxiety is rising, but it doesn’t have to be...
The definition of Overwhelm: “feeling completely overcome in mind or emotion.” Maybe we have too much on our plate, maybe the to-do list is ridiculously long, maybe we’ve packed on too many “shoulds” in there. We stress about feeling stressed! But with overwhelm, there’s also the feeling of lack of control, and lack of clarity – we’re going to address those with two strategies to help you move forward.
Step 1: Take 10 minutes and write down anything in your head
Step 2: Cross...
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