Susan had been prescribed an antidepressant, and it helped with her depression a little, but she was still constantly anxious and had difficulty concentrating. Everything seemed "life or death," her performance at work was declining, and she was afraid she would lose her job if things didn't change soon.
When it comes to dealing with "our issues" (unpleasant emotions, events, or thoughts) many of us believe we should just sweep that under the rug and remain positive. "Keep calm and carry on," right? Unfortunately, this kind of attitude can have terrible consequences on our health.
Over time, our occasional unhealthy behaviors can become habits, and we feel like we're doing it all wrong. I cannot count how my times I've personally had to start again with eating healthier, meditating/breathing, and exercising more regularly.
Death is always a tough thing for us to deal with. Even when it comes to someone who has long been suffering, it's hard for us to accept that we'll no longer be creating memories with the ones we've lost.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) may soon redefine what we know as grief to depression, if symptoms last more than two weeks. The APA is the agency that literally writes the book on mental disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM.
This time of year can be an excellent opportunity for reflection and inner work. Below are three principles that can help us prepare and endure the season and holidays to come.
Our minds crave novelty, connection and meaning and our everyday life can feel dull when nothing "pops out" at us. Mindfulness is a habit of noticing, without being carried away by our internal dialogue.