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Anxiety/Stress Management Articles

Overcoming the worry barrier to self-care practices

Do you ever struggle to commit to self-care practices because incessant worry crops up whenever you consider following through? We’ve all been there. Whether you’re trying to exercise, eat healthy, get a good night’s sleep, or participate in hobbies, getting started is not easy. For those of us who struggle with anxiety, “what if” thoughts often get in the way, convincing us it’s not worth it.

How to cope with war-related anxiety

Amid headlines and images of the Russia-Ukraine war, a new layer of anxiety has set in. In our practice, clients—already coping with pandemic-related stressors and all of the other life stressors that exist outside of a pandemic—express worries

Social Anxiety During the Holidays

The winter holidays are a time to come together with friends and family, reflect on the year we’ve had, and look forward to the year ahead. For some people, these holidays are rooted in important religious beliefs. For others, they’re more about family and cultural traditions. However you celebrate, the winter holidays are a uniquely social time, meant to be celebrated joyously with others.

5 Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

How has your holiday season been so far? Are you looking forward to the rest of the holidays or are you wishing that you could fast forward to January and skip the whole thing? For a lot of us, this time of year creates a slew of mixed emotions.

How to cope with war-related anxiety

How to cope with war-related anxiety

Amid headlines and images of the Russia-Ukraine war, a new layer of anxiety has set in. In our practice, clients—already coping with pandemic-related stressors and all of the other life stressors that exist outside of a pandemic—express worries

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Social Anxiety During the Holidays

Social Anxiety During the Holidays

The winter holidays are a time to come together with friends and family, reflect on the year we’ve had, and look forward to the year ahead. For some people, these holidays are rooted in important religious beliefs. For others, they’re more about family and cultural traditions. However you celebrate, the winter holidays are a uniquely social time, meant to be celebrated joyously with others.

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5 Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

5 Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

How has your holiday season been so far? Are you looking forward to the rest of the holidays or are you wishing that you could fast forward to January and skip the whole thing? For a lot of us, this time of year creates a slew of mixed emotions.

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Unplug and Recharge: 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

Unplug and Recharge: 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

It’s 10:30 on Monday night. I worked 9-5, picked up dinner on the way home, played a game of hide and seek, gave my daughter a bath, and put her to bed. Since she fell asleep, I have been on my laptop doing work for the past 2 hours. I should be relaxing from my long day,

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Happy Holidays from Serenity Solutions!

Happy Holidays from Serenity Solutions!

I hope that you are enjoying the beauty and magic of the season. Unfortunately, for many people, the busyness of this time of year can lead to a lot of stress and interfere with being in the moment.

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Feeling Grateful

Feeling Grateful

With the holiday season upon us, I began to think about what I am thankful for. With fear and anger rampant in the hearts and minds of many post-election, taking time to be grateful feels like a needed respite.

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New Website

New Website

For the past several months, I have been working with a web designer to update my website. Except for a few small changes here and there, I have had the same website since 2010. Just like my outdated wardrobe, I did not want to change the style of my website.

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We All Have a Story to Tell

We All Have a Story to Tell

As inspired by Mental Illness Awareness Week earlier this month, I am sharing my story of recovery. I am a therapist. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a person in recovery from mental health issues.

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Accepting Yourself

Accepting Yourself

A few months ago, I went to a conference where we participated in an exercise in which we wrote down “that thing” that we don’t like about ourselves on a name tag. We then had to wear that name tag for the rest of the day.

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Holiday Self-Care

Holiday Self-Care

The holidays are upon us. It’s cold out there and people are running around trying to get everything done. How are you feeling? Does this time of year bring you joy and excitement? Or do you feel stressed, overwhelmed with busy schedules, family drama, and overeating?

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is almost here. Not only is it a time for getting together with loved ones, watching football, and eating a delicious meal, it is also a time for giving thanks.

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ACT Bootcamp

ACT Bootcamp

Last week, I attended a 4-day conference on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I was really excited to learn more about this therapy style and improve my skills. Part of me didn’t want to go.

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