Many of us are familiar with the slight mood swings that hormones, stress, or illness can cause. We are all capable of over-reacting occasionally and under certain circumstances. But for some people, significant mood swings are a part of their daily lives and it affects their self-esteem, relationships, and quality of life.
Social anxiety is the fear of being judged by other people; but it’s not other people’s judgment we fear, it’s our own. If we can handle criticism and rejection without becoming devastated, we don’t fear social situations. Continue reading “Trust Yourself and Heal from Social Anxiety”
When I was eight years old I called a girl a bad name. She told me I was gonna be sorry, and I believed her. For the next three years I lived in dread; even after she moved away. Continue reading “Pain is Inevitable but Suffering is Optional”
I can still remember the shame I felt at 16 when I didn’t pass my driver’s test the first time. Failing confirmed every negative thought I had about myself. The shame was so intense that I didn’t attempt to drive again for three years. Continue reading “When Mistakes feel Shaming”
When Someone tells us that what we feel or think is wrong, stupid or unimportant, They invalidate us. If it happens infrequently, we can probably shrug it off. But what if it has been happening your whole life? Continue reading “Are you Listening? Validate Yourself”
Do you have difficulty separating your thoughts from your emotions? If you do, you may blame others for how you feel and behave. You may also feel responsible for the emotions and behaviour of others. Continue reading “Differentiating Between Emotions and Thoughts”
In Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Marsha Linehan describes each person as having three states of mind; emotion mind, reasonable mind, and wise mind. When we are in emotion mind, our emotions run the show and drive our thoughts, decisions and behaviour. Continue reading “When Emotions Run your Life”
If you struggle with alcohol, you likely know the consequences of over indulging. If you use marijuana excessively, you probably think the benefits outweigh the negatives. That’s because most chronic pot smokers use marijuana to deal with anxiety, depression, anger, and a variety of other emotions.
Continue reading “Marijuana to Regulate Emotions”