Anxiety 101

 

Anxiety is leading a troubling trend in America. Mental illness is on the rise. Considered normal in situational occurrences; anxiety becomes abnormal when it blankets daily living. For anxiety to be considered a disorder, it must be pervasive in its origins.  Unfortunately, too many children and adolescents are functioning in a pool of excessive worry.  We must actively work to keep them from drowning.

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Bullying: The Who, What, When And Why

Bullying and its offshoot, Cyberbullying are two terms, which carry heavy weight.  Since Columbine, Americans are quick to identify what is disproportionately normative behavior in childhood development as something sinister in its origins.  With the advent of social media, one phrase misplaced can create a tidal wave of social destruction.  Children are learning about boundaries in a world that cannot contain them.   Before you jump to conclusions that your child may be a victim of a bully or the one busy doing the bullying look for signs that may help point you in the correct direction.

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What We Sacrifice For The Sake of Perfection

Waiting for perfection to arrive, we sacrifice.  We sacrifice without knowing.  We sacrifice daily.  We lose out to the unattainable leaving ourselves frustrated and stressed in the pursuit.  Is this the road trip we want to take in life?  One of the things I love most in life is an unplanned road trip.  Maybe it is just another paradox of my life.  I love the unexpected but I want to plan the unexpected.  I don’t want it to creep up on me in my sleep.  I try to constantly find ways to control my daily existence.  Strange, I know.  But I am human and I do.  And isn’t that what control is all about?  Wanting a world to respond in perfect order.  Like all the time.  24/7.  I sacrifice everyday in small ways and large as a slave to perfection.  Chances are perfection is pulling you away from the very thing you want most out of life.  Waiting for perfection to arrive:       

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How To Get Hygge With It

As you can tell by my title I, in my ignorance, pronounced hygge as “higgy” because that is what you do when you don’t have a firm or loose grasp on the Danish language.  The Danes, who originated the concept, actually pronounce it, “hoo-guh.”  The term, with no direct English translation, refers to feeling cozy in a manner that creates contentment. Think of words that may bring the Danish spirit of hygge alive in your heart: relaxation, comfort, hug, console and you will be that much closer to the idea of “hoo-ugh!”

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An Apple A Day May Keep The Psychiatrist Away

Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in America.  Antioxidant missiles are loaded in these nutrition bombs. We all know about the sweet crunchy taste of an apple but many of us are unaware that apples contain an unique chemical makeup in the form of quercetin, catechin, cholorgenic acid, and phloridzin.  It’s literally a mouthful, I know.  These difficult to pronounce antioxidants fight free radicals and oxidative stress, which we know by now can lead to the proliferation of disease in the human body when gone unchecked.

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Two Foods That Jack Up Your Child’s Anxiety

Have you ever given your kid an ice cream cone or candy bar and watched the immediate high unravel in a dizzying whirl?  You know where I am going with this article.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates (you got it – another form of sugar) is jacking up your child’s anxiety.  And if your child is not already anxious, sugar and simple carbs has the ability to create anxiety in your child over time.  We are talking about cookies, cupcakes, donuts, bagels, pasta, muffins, potato chips, soda, sports drinks, juice and flavored milk.  We are talking about foods and beverages that make the average kid salivate at the mere suggestion one is coming his/her way.

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