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Tapping into Emotional Intelligence at Work

Here are some simple steps to you can follow to get your work-life back into balance, reduce stress, and resolve conflict. By connecting with your emotions at work, you’ll be better equipped to identify [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Improving Your Emotional Intelligence In A Day For Dummies

How to Be an Emotionally Intelligent Parent

The following advice helps you figure out the essential emotional skills you need as a parent. By managing your impulses, you will be more clear-headed in your approach to your child. By being more empathic [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Improving Your Emotional Intelligence In A Day For Dummies

Building Emotionally Healthy Social Relationships

Having better interpersonal skills can provide you with many benefits. You can increase your circle of friends, become closer with the friends you have, meet new people more easily, and have more enjoyable [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content for the E-Book Improving Your Emotional Intelligence In A Day For Dummies

10 Ways to Reduce Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season should be the happiest time of the year. Unfortunately, all too often the stress of the season takes its toll on merry-makers. A lot of holiday stress is self-inflicted, though, and [more…]

Working Stress Relief into Your Daily Rituals

Many principles of the Mediterranean lifestyle revolve around family, community, and fun. It's easy to get caught up in a hectic life and put these small experiences on the back burner because they don't [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Mediterranean Diet In A Day For Dummies

How to Control Stress through Tensing and Relaxing Your Muscles

Looking for a way to control stress? Progressive relaxation, which involves systematically tensing and relaxing your muscles, is a healthful way to release muscle tension and a proven approach to a more [more…]

How to Measure Your Stress

Recognizing stress symptoms and how often they occur can help you deal with stress. Use the previous two weeksas your timeframe and record the occurrence of the following physical and emotional signs and [more…]

Identifying Common Thinking Errors that Increase Stress

Your thinking plays a bigger role in creating your stress than you might imagine. How you look at potentially stressful events or situations can result in greater stress, less stress, or even no stress [more…]

How to Manage Stress with Imagination

Stressed? Imagine that. You'll probably feel better if you can release that stress-producing thought and replace it with a relaxing, calm image. Here's how to put your mind at ease: [more…]

Stress Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Identifying the symptoms of stress is an important first step to reducing tension in your life. Once you identify the signs of stress, use your imagination and the proven tool of progressive muscle relaxation [more…]

The Importance of Control and Demand on Job Stress

A worker in a high-stress job typically faces tough demands but has little control over how the work gets done. Workers in these jobs report significantly more fatigue and exhaustion, trouble getting up [more…]

Thinking Errors Equal Self-Imposed Stress

Believe it or not, your own thinking actively plays a role in creating your stress. At the heart of this distorted thinking are thinking errors, mistakes or distortions in your thinking that can result [more…]

10 Super-Stressful Jobs

Some types of jobs trigger more stress than others. What follows is a list of ten jobs or work settings that are judged to be some of the most stressful. These particular jobs were chosen because of the [more…]

What to Do in a Psychological Crisis

When someone is in a state of panic or extremely angry about something, it’s useful to have some basic ideas of how to help. You can use psychological first aid — a form of crisis intervention that consists [more…]

Effective Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is a constant in everyone’s life. Nobody is immune from stress-inducing events and situations. Here are few tips for dealing with stress in your life: [more…]

Professionals in the Mental Health Field

When you need psychological help, you have a few choices — and remembering who they all are and what they do can be confusing. The following table summarizes the differences in training and focus for psychologists [more…]

Top Ten Ways to Fight off MAT Test-Related Anxiety

Taking the Miller Analogies Test is important, but you needn’t let a little last-minute anxiety derail the effort you’ve made preparing for the MAT test. Here are ten tips for fighting any anxiety you [more…]

Distinguishing Healthy Anger from Unhealthy Anger for CBT-Based Anger Management

When setting out to manage your anger with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), you need to understand that anger is normal. Anger is a natural human feeling – it’s how you use it and express it that counts [more…]

Practising Healthy Ways to Make Your Anger Work for You

Studies in managing anger with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) show that letting anger take over your thoughts and actions every time you feel it trains your anger to become stronger. However, with [more…]

Calming Yourself When You're Angry: Moving from Hot to Not

Getting angry doesn’t happen in a moment. Managing your anger and calming down doesn’t either, but even acute rage eventually wears off. Understanding how angry feelings evaporate gives you tactics you [more…]

Using Assertiveness to Manage Your Anger with CBT

You need to recognise that one of the key strategies for managing your anger with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is to be more assertive. Assertiveness isn’t the same thing as aggression: it involves [more…]

Managing Anger with CBT For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Managing anger with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a proven way to really get to understand your anger, from learning its root causes through to coping practically with anger in real-life situations [more…]

Are You Suffering from Anxiety or Depression?

People experience anxiety and depression in various ways and therefore don’t always realise that they have a problem until it becomes overwhelming. The following statements indicate possible problems with [more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of Anxiety and Depression

Coping with your anxiety and depression can be a whole lot easier if you approach it in the right way, and avoid a few easily-spotted pitfalls. The key do’s and don’ts of anxiety and depression are: [more…]

4 Easy Ways to Deal with Distress in Anxiety and Depression

There are going to be times when your anxiety and depression becomes acutely overwhelming, and when that happens you need a quick fix to bring you back to a calmer, happier state of mind. Try the following [more…]

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