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Coping Skills

5 Strategies for Facing Anxiety

Kathleen Smith | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Smith

Every day we can engage our anxieties, or we can distract ourselves from them. The goal isn't to stop distracting yourself, as this is an evolutionary mechanism that helps us get through the trials of life. Rather, the goal is to start engaging your anxiety in addition to those distractions.

Surviving a High School Reunion

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Lita Smith-Mines

I thought I'd share a few coping mechanisms that worked for me, transforming a fright night into a pleasant party (if you're a social butterfly or an accomplished salesperson, these suggestions probably seem like second nature to you).

The 5 Things to Do When Sh*t Hits the Fan

Kara Kamenec | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Kara Kamenec

A month ago I was on cloud nine, and then it happened. Like God punishing me for only he knows what, piece after piece of my life started to shatter. ...

Is Yoga The New Phys Ed?

Kripalu | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Through learning breathing practices, yoga postures, deep relaxation, and meditation, this younger generation is experiencing the connection between mind and body at an early age.

10 Lessons I've Learned Living With a Chronic Disease

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

Each of us is challenged in some way, be it in our health, our finances, our occupations or our interpersonal relationships, and many of the same principles that I learned on my particular journey are hopefully relevant regardless of the challenge you are facing.

Lonely Street of Dreams

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

It is a cruel irony that some students may find that this time in their life when they have the most social interaction is also the time when they feel most isolated. The holiday season offers parents a unique opportunity to gauge their student's adjustment and provide support before they return for second semester.

How to Survive the Deep Freeze -- Without Booze

TueNight | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

For TueNight.com by Susan Linney (Photo credit: Andy Kropa) I hate winter. Especially once January hits, and we've got four long months ahead and...

How Well Do You Face the Trials and Tribulations of Your Life?

Judith Johnson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Have you noticed that it isn't so much what happens to you that determines the quality of your life, but rather how well you deal with your life? It's about what goes on inside of you that matters far more than how you measure up to some external measurement of success.

Trauma in Civilian Clothes

Mindy Utay | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

Without minimizing the horrific trauma of veterans of war, I believe that trauma in subtler forms can still devastate the human psyche.

Angie Hicks: 5 Coping Skills Your Kids Will Thank You For

Angie Hicks | Posted 08.17.2013 | Parents
Angie Hicks

Being an introvert doesn't mean I can't effectively interact with others; it does require that I respect my need to counter times of intense interaction with periods of calm and relaxation.

After Boston

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

Part of what terrorists try to do (aside from making political statements) is terrorize us. They attempt to make us feel unmitigated fear in living our daily lives. They want to constrict and diminish our lifestyles, and thereby lessen us. We cannot allow that to happen.

7 Smart Ways To Cope When Times Are Tough

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

It's easy to feel defeated and sorry for yourself when challenges in life arise, however, you can take another approach. While you may not be able to always control what happens in life, you can always choose how to react to it.

Discovering New Personal Limits After a Car Theft

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 03.25.2013 | Crime
Gini Graham Scott

For those who own one, a car is probably the most important possession you have after a home. You come to depend on it, like something that'll be ther...

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Patricia Rust | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Patricia Rust

Telling the truth comes with a sense of freedom because you have nothing to hide. There is a saying: "Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive."

Raising Grankids: Playing The Parenting Role Again Requires Skills

www.sacbee.com | Posted 01.24.2012 | Fifty

Did your life do a U-turn when your adult child dropped off one or more grandchildren at your house permanently? Playing the parenting role again i...

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Many think adversity fosters resilience -- that people who have been through a lot are actually tougher, and better able to handle the curveballs that life may throw at them. Are we wrong?

An Honest Life

Randi Miller | Posted 12.07.2011 | DC
Randi Miller

Having been on stage for much of my life, and having grown up as I did, I learned very early in life how to flick the switch and be instantly "on." It was great camouflage and it also helped create a diversion from my own reality.

Stress: Inherited And Learned?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

While stress definitely can be contagious, it's also true that how our parents or great-grandparents responded to stressful situations may in part determine how we handle ourselves today. My mother was a perfect example.

Crisis Coping 101

Alicia Salzer, M.D. | Posted 08.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Alicia Salzer, M.D.

If you know you are susceptible to certain pitfalls like drinking, overeating, isolating yourself or ruminating, now is the time for those "prepare or risk despair' interventions that may enable you to preempt those unhealthy habits.

Why Writing About Grief Makes Me Happy

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

In truth, I'm happy in the face of what I write because I have an outlet for all my feelings. My upbeat attitude has been shaped by creating a new and different conversation about loss, and the relationship I have with my readers.

Healthy Coping Tips For Distant Disaster Stress

Martin Rossman, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Martin Rossman, M.D.

We need to learn skills for coping with our feelings of sadness, anger and terror evoked by tragedies like those in Fukushima, Katrina and Haiti, so that we rise to these occasions rather than collapse into them.

Trauma, Loss And Recovery: A 7-Step Approach

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

The reason the Seven Steps to Recovery works is that in essence it reconnects the thinking, feeling and acting parts of your personality. More than that, it enables you to adapt to the reality of what is, as opposed what no longer is.

Would You Choose To Live After A Catastrophic Injury?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Very few of us escape adversity in our lives, so take a moment and do an inventory to see if you are prepared for the journey.

4 Ways To Manage Fear

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lauck

In the face of disaster in Japan, can we stop our fearful thoughts? Can we even go a step further and maintain a calm state of mind that breeds more calm?