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…]
Swallowing is something that everyone does, many times per day. How does something so familiar become a source of anxiety?
Bodily Functions and Conscious Control
The human body relies on several important functions every day to keep it going. Many of these are totally outside your control. For example, your heart will continue beating automatically – you can’t make it beat or not beat on purpose, even if you try. Digestion is another good example – your stomach will digest whatever you consume without any purposeful influence from you.[Read more…]
Do people often tell you that you see things in black and white, and miss all the shades of gray? This problem is called “all-or-nothing thinking” and can lead to real problems. Learn about the phenomenon and its consequences.
All-or-nothing thinking is one of several common unhelpful ways of thinking known as cognitive distortions. All-or-nothing thinking casts things in extremes – it seems there are only two ways things can be. This kind of thinking makes it easy to believe there is no flexibility or ambiguity in a situation. It leads you to feel trapped by what seems like a small number of possibilities.[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…]
Few emotional problems are as destructive as unhealthy anger. Fortunately, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, can be very helpful if your anger is hard to control.
Anger is one of the basic human emotions. It’s universal – everyone feels angry at times. Anger is often labeled as a “bad” emotion. But the truth is it isn’t – it can actually be helpful to feel angry! For example, when someone acts against you or you experience injustice, anger can help motivate you to stand up for yourself or to fight back.[Read more…]