“I think I’m starting to think that I’m more messed up than I thought. What do you think?” This is exactly the kind of thought process that can result from constant negative thinking. The only answer to that question is to stop negative thinking, and here are some tips to do just that.
Stop Negative Thinking
For many people, negative thinking is a defense mechanism. If they always expect the worst, then nothing can surprise or hurt them. The reality is that difficult life occurrences are still painful, and the cycle of negative thinking is a constant hurt. To help stop negative thinking, you can try to:
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Your mental and physical well-being are inseparably connected, meaning that when you suffer mentally, you also suffer physically.
If you’re dealing with anxiety, you may notice your anxious thoughts bring on tension, headaches, and even more serious physical problems like panic attacks or heart problems. Anxiety could be affecting you physically and the following problems or issues could be direct results of anxiety:
1. Heart Disease
Mental illnesses can quite frequently turn one’s life upside down. Tasks that were previously easy can now seem difficult to complete and many times, those suffering from mental illnesses can feel inept and fall into despair.
Fortunately, there is something that everyone can do to improve their mental health and that is establishing a healthy morning routine. A routine can help to reduce stress and allows you to better cope with change.
Here’s how a healthy morning routine can benefit your mental health:
Routine Mental Health Benefits
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New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition for many of us, but the goals we set for ourselves are starting to shift overall. A survey conducted by Life Time, the healthy way of life organization, found that those surveyed are now prioritizing overall improved mental health as their New Year’s resolution rather than physical resolutions like weight loss goals.
While losing weight as a New Year’s resolution is a noble goal, it brings with it the potential for lowering your self-esteem... Continue reading →
There are so many reasons why we may want to skip family gatherings. The uncle who tells inappropriate jokes. The brother who needles you about every aspect of your life in an attempt to feel superior.
If you struggle with anxiety, family functions can become almost debilitating, but there is hope. Here are some tips on how to handle social anxiety in the family setting.
Take some time to think about the event and consider the possibilities. Do not agonize over it, worrying and stressing will change nothing.
List-making will help tremendously. Make a list of possible triggers... Continue reading →
Occasional conflict is a normal part of family life. A family is comprised of individuals who can all hold differing beliefs and experience different wants. In any family, a certain amount of discord is normal, and disagreements are bound to happen from time to time and can even be a healthy part of family life, if handled correctly. However, ongoing conflict and tensions can create stress and damage our interpersonal relationships. Sometimes, family members can be intently aggressive and hurtful, which can be painful.
Effective resolutions require being able to communicate in a positive way. Below... Continue reading →
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and cheer, and for many individuals, they are. For others, however, the winter months can be some of the most difficult out of the year. Rather than experiencing happiness and satisfaction, these individuals experience the “holiday blues”, which can cause depression, anxiety, and stress to manifest.
There are many reasons why someone may experience depression during the holidays:
- Time changes
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Increased alcohol consumption
- Unrealistic expectations of families and... Continue reading →
Demi Lovato's drug overdose on July 24, 2018 is indicative of the opiate addiction that is sweeping the nation resulting in 42,000 deaths in 2016 alone. Opiate addiction and opiate overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States and Demi Lovato is just one of the victims.
Demi Lovato's Journey with Addiction
Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with addiction. The July 24 overdose was not the first time that Demi Lovato had struggled with drug abuse. Lovato first sought help for her addiction problems in 2010 at the age of 18. After spending time in an inpatient drug... Continue reading →
If you or a loved one have suffered through addiction, you probably understand the close relationship between substance use disorder and other mental health conditions.
This concept is known as "co-occurring disorders" or "dual-diagnoses."
Many people understand that psychiatric conditions and addiction go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, many substance abuse treatment programs treat the disorders as isolated conditions.
This is a huge mistake because the conditions are very interconnected. A comprehensive co-occurring disorders treatment is crucial for preventing relapse and improving a person's quality... Continue reading →
Even in today’s more emotionally open society, men still find it difficult to seek psychological counseling when confronted with mounting emotional distress.
Instead, they are more likely to hide or ignore mental health issues until a crisis occurs that forces them to get help.
Of course, by the time that happens, there has often been collateral damage such as a failed marriage, substance abuse, loss of employment, or even suicide attempts.