For several of us, the holidays summon feelings of stress, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. A 2014 poll conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests that the majority of people feel more anxious or depressed at the holidays.
Many trauma survivors experience challenging “anniversary reactions,” which are defined as “unique set[s] of unsettling feelings, thoughts or memories that occur on the anniversary of a significant experience.” When a survivor finds themselves in the midst of a trauma anniversary, they often are forced to re-live feelings from the traumatic event, causing symptoms like increased anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, nightmares, and irritable outbursts.
Summer is finally here, and many of us are getting ready for some much needed rest and relaxation. We know that taking vacation time helps us feel refreshed and energized; that’s why schools and offices have weekends and scheduled holiday time. Just as sleep helps us recharge after a day of activity, time off of… read more
You’ve probably been there before: you’re scrolling through Instagram, only to see a friend’s gorgeous selfie. Suddenly, you compare your social media feed to theirs and feel totally inadequate. This happens all the time. However, it doesn’t mean you need to take a month long social media hiatus. A new study offers some insights into… read more
The whirlwind of boxed chocolate, candy hearts and blooming bouquets is looming near. Pretty soon everyone around you will be dedicated to either confessions of love or thinly veiled contempt for PDA of any kind. But do you have to be either madly in love or lonely and bitter? The short answer: NO! This Valentine’s… read more
Many a times, we find ourselves stuck in the Valentine’s Day gift dilemma. The little voice in our head says, “Valentine’s Day is so commercial” and “Cheesy cards and candy is so played out, what could they want?” Ignore that voice! Gift giving is described as a means through which individuals communicate values and they assign… read more