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Understanding How Stress Can Make You Sick

Researchers estimate that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, stress-related. Every week, 112 million people take some form [more…]

Getting Acquainted with Your Quirky Unconscious Mind

In Neuro-linguistic Programming terms, your conscious mind is that part of your mind which has awareness of things around and within you at any given moment in time. This is your short-term memory which [more…]

Dream Interpreting: The Emotions in Your Dreams

If you're interested in recording your dreams in a dream diary — or in interpreting your dreams — some emotion you've experienced is probably the driving force. Every time you express or deny an intense [more…]

Identifying Complicated Grieving

Complicated grieving is the technical name that grief professionals give to a grieving process that gets stuck at some point, making it impossible for the bereaved to successfully start or conclude the [more…]

Examining the Pros and Cons of Anger

Anger, just like anything else, isn't all good or all bad: It has many pros and cons. The following sections explain those for you, so that you get a clear picture of anger and the effect it may have on [more…]

Know Your Dream Cycles

To fully understand and record your dreams, it's best to start with some knowledge about your sleep and dream cycles, and how your dream cycles affect your waking life. Science tells us that everyone dreams [more…]

Meditation Prerequisite: Knowing How to Relax

Buddhists like to compare the mind to a monkey that swings uncontrollably from branch to branch — from plan to memory, thought to emotion, sight to sound — without ever settling down in one place. Some [more…]

Easing Stress Quickly and Simply

Certain circumstances are not completely conducive to giving or receiving hour-long full body massages complete with music, candles, and scented oils. Like when you're in a crowded elevator, for example [more…]

Lifting Your Spirits Quickly and Easily

When you're feeling a little down or uptight, give yourself a break by trying some of these helpful tips. [more…]

Dispelling Common Anger Myths

Before you can manage your own anger, you need to be aware of what anger is and isn't. Unfortunately, myths about anger seem to abound. Here are some falsehoods and the facts: [more…]

Dream Interpreting: Recognizing and Working with a Physical Dream

Dreams come in many shapes and sizes, some vague, some detailed, some frightening, some inspiring. They all contain encoded messages aimed at improving your life. As you become ready to start a dream diary [more…]

How Anger Directly Affects Your Health

Emotions are not only distracting, but they can interfere with reason and cause you to make decisions or take actions that end up being hazardous to your health. Here are three of the primary behaviors [more…]

Avoiding Roadblocks to Stress Reduction

If you recall your last attempt at losing a few pounds or getting rid of all the clutter in your house, you may recognize that good intentions do not always guarantee success. Usually, you encounter one [more…]

Dealing with Anticipatory Grief and Caregiving

Anticipatory grief is the name given to the angst and sorrow that accompanies the knowledge that your loved one almost certainly is going to die from whatever disease or debilitating condition he's suffering [more…]

Moving Beyond Type A: Taking Off Your Watch

Type A's are obsessed with time. "This is taking too much time," "Damn it, it's getting late — I'll never get finished on time," "I wish they would hurry up. [more…]

Using Imagery to Move beyond Anger

There are many parallels between anger management and pain management. Anger and pain can both be intense, chronic experiences — and you can easily find yourself ruminating about both. [more…]

Making Anger Your Ally

If you choose to use anger constructively, you'll join the ranks of some pretty notable folks — George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa, to name a few. These [more…]

Differentiating Feedback from Failure

Everyone makes mistakes and experiences setbacks. You have a choice between allowing yourself to be waylaid by your undesirable results or learning the lessons that have presented themselves, dust yourself [more…]

Symptoms That May Signal Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you’re battling with the idea that you are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are signs that you — and your medical professional — can look for. Here’s an overview of symptoms [more…]

How to Relieve Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

You can work to get your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms under control — and calm the signs of distress when they intensify — by taking some of these quick and easy stress-busting steps: [more…]

Truths to Embrace when Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

You may hit some rough patches on the road to recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes, setbacks stem from low expectations of yourself and negative self-talk. Here are some statements [more…]

Is Your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Medicine Working?

Medications prescribed to help to manage symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) work to differing degrees among patients. Here are some of the ways you can tell if your doctor-ordered medicine [more…]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for Dummies Cheat Sheet

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) give medical professionals clues to help make proper diagnosis of the disabling condition. The right medications, a good attitude, and positive affirmations [more…]

The Emotional Healing Toolkit

This map represents a summary of all the most important healing tips. Glance through it from time to time to remind yourself of the various actions you can take for your own healing. [more…]

Planning for a Difficult Personal or Professional Situation

When you face a difficult situation or meeting, planning both a successful outcome and your emotional state pays dividends. These four tips can help you achieve this: [more…]

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