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Weathering the Storm

How much can a person handle?  Why does it often feel like the weight on our shoulders gets heavier and heavier day by day? I watch as everyone around me moves quickly, in the zone, bustling from one important task to another in their lives.  Then “BAM!”, someone loses their job, receives a devastating health […]

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Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Anxious?  Happy?  Angry?  Content?  Whatever emotion you are experiencing, you can appreciate and observe that emotion mindfully.  This will help the “bad” emotions to have less power.  Read the full article on this topic here:  Dealing with Difficult Emotions  (Nature’s Pathways – July 2015)

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Facing Our Fears

Have you ever experienced fear so intense you felt paralyzed?  I’ll admit, I have many fears – some old, some new.  Fear of heights, fear of failure, fear of never meeting my own expectations in life…  I have been able to move past many of my fears, while others stick around and new ones develop. […]

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Being True to Yourself

The topic of social anxiety disorder (SAD) vs. shyness vs. introversion has been on my mind lately.  There are differences between each of these and I have already written about the difference between shyness and SAD. Let’s talk a bit about introversion… I have often thought that I was an extrovert at heart, but now, […]

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The Impact of Bullying

It makes me sad to see that bullying is still such a big problem.  It seems to be getting worse instead of better, especially with social media and cell phones.  It doesn’t take much courage to send a nasty text message to someone or attack a person on social media. What is it like to be a […]

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What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be caused by genetics, learned behavior and health issues.  SAD can develop at any age.  I attended a Mental Health 101 presentation yesterday, which was part of Appleton’s Mental Health Awareness activities.  The presenter, from NAMI Fox Valley, shared a few statistics:  18% of people have anxiety disorders – that’s […]

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