This article is for people who are experienced in mindfulness meditation. If you struggle with self-criticism during your meditation, keep reading to learn about how your meditation can lead to greater self-compassion.[Read more…]
Many people experience intrusive thoughts, often in the context of obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety disorders. They can be very disturbing. Read on to learn about the different types of intrusive thoughts and some helpful strategies.
There Are Multiple Types of Unwanted Thoughts
Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that you wish you didn’t have. They’re unwanted and disturbing. They can happen to any of us but happen most often for survivors of trauma, those with anxiety, and those with OCD.[Read more…]
You don’t have to look far to find simple and effective steps you can take to improve your mental health. Good news: most of them are free or inexpensive.
1: Exercise Three Times a Week
Everyone knows exercise is good for your body. Did you know it’s good for your mind too? Research shows that regular exercise, especially cardio (e.g., walking or running), enhances your mood. It’s also likely to boost your self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment. All these things are good for your mental health! Exercising at least three times per week has been shown to improve depression. It may also ease anxiety or even obsessive-compulsive disorder.[Read more…]
Depression is a common mental health problem. Your relationships with others is an important area that can suffer when you’re depressed. Learn what to look out for, and what you can do.
How Depression Affects Relationships
Depression can affect many aspects of your life. It can deprive you of the energy or interest you need to stay in touch with people who are important to you. It can convince you that others don’t want to spend time with you. Depression can even make you think that you don’t deserve to see your friends or loved ones.[Read more…]
If you suffer from panic attacks or have been diagnosed with panic disorder, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be beneficial for you. Learn about this treatment option and how it can help.
What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is especially effective for anxiety and insomnia but is also effective for other problems including substance abuse, difficulties managing intense emotions, depression, OCD, eating disorders, and addictions. It is more practical and more skills-based than traditional therapy. CBT therapists typically give patients homework exercises to do between sessions. This homework helps to build the skills needed to address the relevant problem.[Read more…]