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The Six ‘A’s’ of Relaxation

Here are six ways you can manage something causing you stress (your stressor). Go through them and choose whichever one (or few!) you feel would work for you to encourage you into relaxation. [more…]

A Quick Way to Relax when Stressed

Sometimes stress may feel as if it’s overwhelming you. Don’t allow it to ruin your day – follow this quick-fix solution to calming down and getting back to feeling yourself again. [more…]

Three Attitudes that Cultivate Relaxation

Regular exercise, spending time with people you like, participating in activities you find fun, being mindful of yourself and your surroundings, laughing, being grateful for what you have, being kind and [more…]

Relaxation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Relaxation is a skill. Relaxation doesn’t just mean sitting around watching TV. True relaxation involves activating a specific part of your nervous system which lowers your heart rate, breathing rate, [more…]

How to Prepare for Meditation

Meditation is simple to do and doesn't require any special equipment. You can, however, prepare yourself and your space in a number of ways and make sure you have some basic amenities: [more…]

How to Open Your Body, Mind, and Spirit to Meditation

Meditation is a practice that engages not only your mind, but your body and spirit, too. Use the tips in the following list to engage every aspect of your being in your meditation practice. [more…]

How to Get the Most from Your Meditation

To get the most from your meditation practice, you need to commit to it. When you start meditating regularly, you can reap myriad benefits — from lower stress and cholesterol to higher levels of satisfaction [more…]

How to Make Sure You're Meditating Correctly

It doesn't take much to meditate the right way — especially because there really isn't just one right way. If you're concerned about your meditation practice, ask yourself the following questions. The [more…]

Popular Meditation Techniques

Meditation techniques, like meditation itself, tend to be relatively simple. Following is a brief list of ten of the most commonly practiced ones. You can use one exclusively, experiment with several, [more…]

Recognising and Breaking Anxiety Rules

Everyone uses rules and assumptions to get by in daily life. These rules and assumptions offer a mental shortcut, saving time and effort in dealing with day-to-day situations. [more…]

Track Your Progress with CBT for Anxiety

When tackling your anxiety, keep track of your progress, and reward yourself regularly for your achievements. Keep a journal of your Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [more…]

Differentiating between Normal and Troublesome Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal and, in fact, helpful emotion. Everyone experiences it sometimes. At the right level anxiety can help you to focus and perform well. But it can become a problem if it persists beyond [more…]

Tackling Anxiety by Facing Your Fears and Letting Go of Worry

Set yourself some clear goals for tackling your anxiety and improving your life. Then use the methods suggested here to move forward towards your goals. [more…]

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

If you feel that your life is controlled by anxiety, or simply want to try to stop worrying all the time, this Cheat Sheet can help. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [more…]

Remembering Some Crucial Tips for Banishing Depression

Many people bury their heads in the sand when they become depressed and hope their depression will go away. These tips can help you to banish your depression sooner and prevent depression taking hold again [more…]

Tackling a Low Mood with CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sees depression as occurring in three areas, affecting your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therefore, to tackle your depression you need to take effective action [more…]

Checking Symptoms of Sadness, Misery and Depression

The symptoms of sadness, misery and depression are often confused. To help you identify the experience that applies to you, take a look at the following list: [more…]

Obtaining Further Help for Depression

If you think you’re depressed, and you feel that you need additional assistance during your journey back to a happy, fulfilling life, you can find support from the following sources: [more…]

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

This Cheat Sheet provides some key tips for managing your depression. Here you’ll find advice on recognising depression and on where to get help, and some tips for tackling your symptoms. [more…]

Recognizing AD/HD Symptoms in Your Child

September is National AD/HD Awareness Month. It's estimated that 8% of children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), and it's not a coincidence that AD/HD Awareness Month coincides with [more…]

Recognizing What Bipolar Disorder Is

Bipolar disorder is a physical illness that affects the brain. A bipolar diagnosis requires at least one episode of mania(wired thinking and behaviors that negatively affect one’s ability to function) [more…]

Treating Bipolar Disorder: Medications

The primary treatment for bipolar disorder is medication with the goal of restoring normal brain function. The following classes of medications are often used in treating bipolar disorder and related conditions [more…]

Maintaining Mood Stability with Bipolar Disorder

The overall treatment plan for helping a person with bipolar disorder is fairly straightforward. The goal is to help the person with bipolar disorder achieve and maintain mood stability. [more…]

Ten Things You Can Do to Help a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder

If a family member or close friend has bipolar disorder, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help. Although your loved one ultimately decides what your level of involvement will be, the two of [more…]

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To manage bipolar disorder effectively, you first need to know what it is. Then you can develop and follow a treatment plan, which usually includes a combination of medication, therapy, self-help, and [more…]

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