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Self-Validation: What Is It + Why Do I Need To Practice It?

...cause they feel the need to defend their reaction. Invalidation – reacting critically, dismissively, or with judgment – is at the core of most relationship issues, just as it’s often at the core of many emotional issues like anxiety and depression. It’s also often our default when it comes to our self-talk. We forget to apply the validation skills we use so effortlessly with other people to our own thoughts and feelings, and end up feeling stuck...

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Psychologists Vs. Psychiatrists: What’s The Difference?

...ychiatric referral when they feel medication is indicated, but they aren’t able to prescribe medication. A medical background means that psychiatrists have a greater level of understanding as to how mental health issues like anxiety and depression can be the result of imbalances in brain chemistry. Their medical training also means that psychiatrists have knowledge about how different medications interact and the best dosages to trial for the...

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5 Ways To Change Your Thinking

.... We mistake our thoughts for facts and forget to question whether there’s another more accurate or more helpful way to see things. Our feelings muddy things further because they make our interpretations seem more credible – anxiety makes our anxious thoughts seem truer, sadness or depression makes our negative thoughts feel like facts, and happiness makes our positive thoughts seem more likely. But in the same way that we shouldn’t believe...

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What Is ‘Whole Brain’ Parenting?

...the front sections of your brain help you to make complex decisions, inhibit impulses, and form the foundation of your personality. Unfortunately, the front section of your brain is often switched off during periods of high anxiety and stress, which means we sometimes act in a way we regret because we’ve acted without thinking through how we should respond. It’s also hard for the brain to work cohesively when we’re overwhelmed by...

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How To Build Stronger Friendships

...current relationships. If you answer yes to any of the following questions then you may benefit from working with an experienced clinical psychologist to explore these issues further: Do your friendships cause you excessive anxiety? Do you feel that you are unable to trust others? Do you fear that others will reject you? Do you put others needs and desires above your own? Do you feel highly anxious in social situations? Brittany McGill is a...

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Is Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone Worth It?

...ng your potential and experience. What does your comfort zone look like? Work out what is safe and familiar to you at work, in your relationships and in your leisure time. Those interactions and activities that don’t inspire anxiety or discomfort. Your comfort zone might be comfy but is it holding you back? If you continued to stay within this comfort zone of yours for the remainder of your life, repeating those same interactions and activities,...

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4 Tips To Help You Win Back Control Of Your Eating

...our body not to change your body and you’ll regain a healthy relationship with food. Tip #2: Don’t Compensate Don’t skip meals to compensate if you feel like you ate to much earlier in the day. This might help to reduce your anxiety or help you to feel more in control in the short-term, but when you deprive your body of food for periods longer than 3-4 hours your blood sugar levels drop. This won’t just make you feel tired and irritable, it will...

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Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One

...Grieve Of course there are many similarities in the way people grieve, but everyone grieves differently. Common reactions are extreme sadness, confusion, disbelief, guilt, regret, bitterness, anger, numbness, loneliness, or anxiety – and at times these feelings may seem overwhelming. You may feel lonely, and feel that others don’t understand what you’re going through, and physically you might feel different as well (many people experience...

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Dr Google: Why We Shouldn’t Use Google To Diagnose Health Problems

...internet to seek reassurance about unusual symptoms or sensations. But given that anyone can post anything on the internet, be wary of taking what you read at face value. When you read medical information online – keep your anxiety in check by asking yourself the following questions: Who has written this information? Are they a qualified medical health professional? Can I identify any conflicts of interest (e.g. is the website sponsored by a...

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People Pleasing: Why It’s Important To Learn To Say No

...a people pleaser – selfish isn’t in your DNA. Yes change is possible, but degrees of change. You’ll initially feel guilty and anxious taking time for yourself but stick with it. As you recalibrate your settings the guilt and anxiety will pass. If the help someone is asking you for will come at a cost to you, practice saying no. If you find it hard to say no, start by saying no to “safe” people first (e.g. family, close friends) before practicing. ...

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