Imagine you are stuck in traffic, late for an appointment. You catch every light and miss a turn. You are 10 minutes late and the minutes seem to be flying by as you finally pull up to the building. Suppose later that day, you are waiting for a friend to meet you and your friend is 10 minutes late. You are bored and worried- the time passes painfully slowly. What's the difference- it's the same day, both episodes lasted 10 minutes? Our thinking is the difference. Read more...
Connecting With Others & Improving Communication Skills
When you're stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Social contact is a good stress reliever because it offers distraction, provides support, and helps you tolerate life's up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative or get ideas from the following websites:
- Meetup.com serves to connect people around common interests. Visit the site to see the dozens of on-going groups in the Triangle or start a new one.
Anxiety is a state of the mind and body associated with worry, tension, and nervousness. Everyone experiences life stress and anxious moments. In fact, anxiety can help us cope with external dangers by increasing our awareness and getting our body ready to react. When anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life it can be helpful to learn more.
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.
Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. Learn more at this website.