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5 Daily Habits That Can Help Relieve Your Anxious Feelings

If you are struggling with social anxiety, treating it often begins simply by looking at your daily habits. You can change minor things throughout the day and make a large impact on how you feel, and the situations you are able to handle that involve other people. Here are 5 daily habits that can help relieve your anxious feelings. 1. Start Exercising A really good habit to start introducing into your daily life is exercising. When you begin moving your body every day, it becomes a habit that you almost get addicted to. It gives you more energy, boosts your confidence, and can even get you out of the house into more social situations. Exercise is also good for anxiety in general, thanks to the endorphins it releases from the brain. 2. Focus on Better Sleep Sleep is important for…

I’m Coming Out, I Want the World to Know

I’ve always considered myself shy, but if you ask the majority of my friends, they would tell you I am not shy AT ALL. I’m a pretty social and have a lot of friends. I attend events, travel and lead a pretty normal life.  But what you don’t know is that 9 times out of 10, I struggle in social situations. Years ago, I took part in a study on shyness that included group activities and some solo assignments like “starting a conversation with a stranger”, in hopes that this would help me with my shyness, but it did not. So finally last year, I started doing research on the differences between shyness and social anxiety. That is when I realized, I have social anxiety. Social anxiety is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. In…

My Passion Behind Mental Health

I tend to be a private person when it comes to certain topics, but over the past few years, I’ve learned the importance of being more outspoken regarding mental health. Although most people know me as a friendly, upbeat and happy person, what you may not know is that I suffered from depression and even had suicidal thoughts just a  few years ago. I was afraid to admit it, at first. Ashamed because this was the first time in my life that I was depressed. I grew up in a happy, two-parent home. My parents were hard workers and always made sure that my brother and I’s physical and emotional needs were always taken care of.  But after I lost my job in 2014 and stayed unemployed way longer than I expected,  my mood completely changed.  Most days I just wanted to stay in…

Why Sleep is Important to Your Mental & Emotional Health

So now that we’ve covered how the lack of sleep can affect your physical health, let’s talk about how pulling all-nighters negatively impacts your mental, cognitive, and emotional health.  We live in a society where people are #TeamNoSleep and #NoDays off, but bragging about being able to function with only a few hours of sleep, is really a health hazard and not something with which to mess around. Here are 7 ways that sleep deprivation affects these areas of your mental health:  1. Altered Mood When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel irritable and short-tempered.when you don’t get enough sleep. Chronic lack of sleep, however, also increases your chances of depression and anxiety. I’ll be talking about my own experience with depression later this week, so stay tuned. 2. Decreased Ability to Handle Stress Stressful situations are difficult enough to handle…

Here’s Why is Sleep So Important for Your Physical Health

It’s a fact that sleep is important.  Without adequate amounts, you feel sleepy.  You may also experience other obvious signs and symptoms such as crankiness, headaches, and/or trouble concentrating.  However, there are even more serious consequences of not getting enough sleep.  I’m going to break up the consequences of the lack of sleep into two sections: 1) Your physical health and 2) Cognitive, Mental, & Emotional. So let’s start with Your Physical Health 1. Increased risk of obesity due to the following factors – No energy – If you do not get adequate sleep at night, you may delay getting out of bed in the morning, because you are too sleepy. This happens to me often.  As a result, now you do not have enough time to make a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy lunch.  You rush out of…