It’s not over yet. Layers of stress and fear have been laid down for more than a year. Regardless of the specifics (case count, vaccines, masks/no masks, etc.), few people will be able to flip the positive switch. The next year (at least) is shaping up to be a process. If nothing else, it will be a slow transition. All of this adds up to an ongoing … [Read more...]
Racial Bias in Healthcare: What It Is & How it Undermines Your Mental Health
If you’re unsure about a product, at least you can read the label before you buy it. However, there are times when certain ingredients are invisible. They play a major role but you may not even know they are present. Case in point: racial bias in healthcare. The world of medical professionals strives to give equal care — in theory. … [Read more...]
Are You Traumatized By Political Unrest? How to Know and How to Cope
We live in an age when words like "traumatized", "anxious", and "depressed" have become common descriptors for far too many of us. And the phrase "global pandemic", on its own, aptly describes how we got here. However, the past year or so has also provided a seemingly endless succession of life-altering events. For example, the patchwork of … [Read more...]
Does Everyone Have Anxiety? When Is It a Mental Health Concern?
We’ve heard plenty of talk about “unprecedented times” and a “new normal” for nearly two years. Unfortunately, this includes an increased amount of anxiety for pretty much everyone. Still, anxiety, it is important to note, can be a very positive presence in everyone’s life. Over the several months, anxious feelings probably guided you into … [Read more...]
Why Catching Z’s is Important for Improving Your Mood
When it comes to mental or physical health, everyone is looking for the secret formula. Sadly, such a shortcut does not exist. That said, there are some universally beneficial steps to bear in mind. Maintaining a regular, sufficient sleep schedule, for example, just might be the closest thing to a magic potion we will ever find. Without … [Read more...]
Why Your Anxiety Flares at Night & What to Do About It
After a day's worth of events — good, bad, and indifferent — you look forward to slowing down in the evening. It would be nice to relax. Yet, too often, it just doesn't happen. After work or school, you may notice it seems like nighttime is the time when anxiety overwhelms your lowered mental defenses. And frustratingly, a host of intrusive … [Read more...]
Uncertainty Doesn’t Have to Make You Unhappy: 7 Ways You Can Still Live Well
You could not be blamed for seeing 2020 as THE year of uncertainty. Our health, our income, and our very way of life seem to be under threat and very much in flux. What if I told you that uncertainty is our constant companion regardless of pandemics, elections, and civil unrest? Every moment is chock full of possibilities — good, bad, indifferent. … [Read more...]
Sexual Assault Survivors, Christine Blasey Ford, and Brett Kavanaugh
The Senate Judiciary hearings on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, including the televised testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, in September 2018, returned the #MeToo issues of sexual assault survivors and those who have endured sexual harassment to the glare of the public spotlight. This testimony reactivated … [Read more...]
Moving Past Terror!
Originally posted on December 3, 2015, but unfortunately relevant again, with the October 27, 2018, mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Did the terrorist attack on the Jewish population in Pittsburgh—and attempted mail bombs—raise your anxiety and make it hard for you to go about your daily life? Are you … [Read more...]
Suffering from Post-Election Blues? 10 Tips to Overcome It!
This post is intended to address what some people are calling post-election blues 2016. The post isn't partisan, but deals with psychology. It is about how to deal with things not going as you wish and how to calm your fears, wherever you fall on the political continuum, whether you are disturbed that Donald Trump is the … [Read more...]