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Identify Your Worries and Reduce Your Stress

Becoming aware of your worries and concerns gives you a starting point that can provide you with a focus for your change efforts. The exercises that follow give you lots of real-life material to work with [more…]

Your Hidden Worries and Your Stress Level

You may think that identifying your worries, which is a big step in reducing your stress level, is a cinch because they seem to be always on your mind, filling your thoughts, triggering your anxiety and [more…]

Compare Productive and Unproductive Worry

Worries can be productive, helping you manage your life and reduce your stress. On the other hand, worrying can result in unnecessary fear, anxiety, and upset. Understanding the differences between these [more…]

Control Your Worrying for Less Stress

Understanding why you worry will only get you so far — you need useful solutions to your worrying problems. This short list takes you to that next level, giving you the tools you need to change how you [more…]

Think Straighter, Worry Less

If you can figure out how to reduce worry and transform your self-talk into something positive and sensible, your stress level will be lower. Worrying is a process that starts when you perceive an event [more…]

Correct Your Thinking Errors that Cause Stress

If your worrying is excessive and causing extra stress, chances are your self-talk and thinking are somewhat out of whack, which means that you’re probably making one or more thinking errors. Here are [more…]

Stop Thinking Catastrophically and Reduce Stress

Worry is one serious cause of stress in many people's lives. Worriers are consummate catastrophizers and awfulizers. They are constantly vigilant, on the lookout for horrendous problems and imminent disasters [more…]

Three Stress-Inducing Habits

Much of your stress might be caused by your own thought processes. Below are three habits that can induce stress: conclusion-jumping, needing to be in control, and self-rating. [more…]

Use Coping Self-Talk to Reduce Worry and Stress

Changing your self-talk is one great way to reduce stress caused by chronic worry. One of the quirks of being human is that we seem to be terrible at dealing with our own problems, but we’re usually pretty [more…]

Is Anger Causing Your Stress?

Everyone feels anger sometimes. Unfortunately, too many people — and you may be one of them — experience too much anger too much of the time. Anger is not only terribly stressful, but it can also be harmful [more…]

How Anger Causes Stress and Hurts Your Health

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…]

Control Your Temper for Less Stress

Anger is not an automatic reaction beyond our control, even though it may feel like that at times. Instead, anger is a response that can be managed. So, before your next outburst of rage and fury, take [more…]

Become Mindful of Your Anger

Being off-balance can indicate that you’re caught up in automatic, often distorted, thinking, which can cause chronic stress. You need to re-group, detach from your feelings and thoughts, and become centered [more…]

Change Your Mindset and Reduce Stress

Most often, your thoughts and perceptions are what make you angry, and anger in turn causes stress. You can learn to modify your thoughts, lessen your anger, and prevent much of your stress. [more…]

Learn to Reduce Anger and Stress

You might find that anger, frustration, and impatience are actually causing chronic stress for you. If this is the case, you can practice lengthening your fuse, and learn to reduce your own feelings of [more…]

Use Coping Self-Talk to Reduce Anger and Stress

If you find that your own feelings of anger are often the root cause of your stress, examine your thoughts that are making you feel angry. When confronted with a potentially anger-provoking situation, [more…]

Does Venting Release Stress?

Are you better off expressing your anger or keeping it in? Popular psychological wisdom suggests that when you’re feeling angry, you should get it all out, releasing that pent-up hostility. Punch that [more…]

Six Ways to Dispel Anger and Reduce Stress

Studies show that venting and expressing anger increase stress, contrary to popular belief. So here are six positive things to do to work out anger and reduce your stress. Think of this part as preventive [more…]

14 Signs that You Might Be Depressed

People experience depression in different ways. This symptom checklist can provide you with a rough idea as to whether you are experiencing depression. Note any and all that apply to you. [more…]

5 Places to Get Help for Your Depression

If you think that you may be depressed, don't despair. Lots of help is available. Here are some sources you can consult to treat depression: [more…]

Depression Do's and Don'ts

If you are depressed, you want to avoid doing nothing or having the wrong thoughts about it. Here are a few things you should do — or absolutely should [more…]

4 Ways to Deal with Bad Moods

Everyone experiences bad moods from time to time. A bad mood isn't the same thing as depression. Bad moods are transient, and they lift after a while. However, here are a few things you can do for a simple [more…]

Depression For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can overcome depression. First, you should figure out whether you're just down in the dumps or truly suffering from depression — which can have a lot more symptoms than just feeling blue. If you're [more…]

11 Tips for Developing Mindful Attitudes

Mindfulness can sometimes appear relatively simple (as in ‘just be’), but in fact it’s not so easy. Creating a mindful practice that leads to a mindful life requires you to change certain attitudes and [more…]

Anger Management: The Role of Emotions in Your Life

Understanding emotions is key to anger management. Emotion is a compound word. The e stands for “energy” and the motion means exactly what it says — “movement.” Emotions [more…]

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