Remember those days when we all thought the pandemic and its fallout would be over in a few months? As we move further in 2021, it’s crystal clear that we’ve been dealing with far more than we ever imagined. This means health scares, economic fears, social isolation, and lots of stress. Lots and lots of stress.
Things naturally escalate when you consider that practically everyone we interact with is trying to manage moods affected by political and societal news. The current polarization and bombardment of the headlines is exhausting.
It's no wonder that your moods feel unpredictable these days. Mainstream media, social media, and the internet, in general, have combined to keep us surgically attached to our devices. So much so, that we equate news updates with our wellbeing. Being in the loop is, in and of itself, its own reward… or so we think.
Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT is a short-term therapeutic approach for couples. Founded on the concepts of attachment theory, EFT shines a light on how a couple interacts. Understanding their attachment style can empower both partners to express their needs and emotions more productively.
Pandemic, protests, police, and politics — welcome to 2020. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you probably feel both energized and confused at the same time. There’s so much to learn, to think about… so much that needs to be done. But this does not mean all of us can immediately jump up and get started.
Corporations have logos. People and products create brands. With protests, the entry point is often a slogan. Something as pithy as “save the whales” has become engrained within our pop-culture vocabulary.
Under the best of circumstances, a protest can be a stressful experience. It’s impossible to know who and how many will turn out. The marching or sign-holding or chanting may draw the attention of law enforcement officials or possibly, counter-protests. Passions are high all around. All of these factors are exaggerated in the face of a pandemic.
Most of us may be seeking shelter at home but that does not necessarily shelter us from anxiety and its impact. Everyone is more nervous than usual these days but anxiety is a whole other level. It’s a diagnosable disorder in which individuals remain in a chronic state of high alert — even when no threat is present.
Oftentimes, dire circumstances have the power to inspire incredible solutions. Such solutions can deliver some unexpected benefits. Both of these outcomes are coming to bear during the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing quarantines. Thanks to social distancing, teletherapy has become the go-to option for mental health counseling. These advances inspire a sigh of relief among many Americans struggling with anxiety disorders. Teletherapy may be a fallback option for some. For anxiety sufferers, it’s an ideal scenario.
You’ve probably seen a thousand or more articles about managing your anxiety. Sometimes, it can feel like enough to, well…provoke more anxiety. This is partially true because the word “anxiety” does not do justice to the countless variations in a) how it manifests and b) how it is treated. Anxiety disorders range in specifics and severity. Some of their symptoms can be temporarily self-managed.