There’s a quote by the famous artist Andy Warhol. He said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” And this is true – especially with the changes that are required in recovery from addiction. Any significant life change requires individual effort. If you want to transform your life from unmanageable to manageable, from chaotic to peaceful, from unbalanced to healthy, there are some things you’ll have to do differently.
Depression is a condition that affects your emotional health, and there is very little enthusiasm about life. Depression can be a result of certain health problems, or from loneliness. There are many other factors that could also lead to depression. Depression is difficult to deal with but there are ways to cope with the condition. Ronald E Riggio Ph.D., a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has some relaxation techniques to cope with depression:
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life. As humans, we feel anxious because that is the way our body tells us to fear something. However, some people feel anxiety when there is nothing to be feared. This is when anxiety can start to affect your daily life. This is also when it might be time to look for some help to deal with the anxiety. Therese J. Borchard, the Associate Editor for Psych Central, has some tips to manage that unwanted anxiety.
When a relationship first starts there may be no need to have difficult conversations. Or, these conversations may be easier to have because your aren't as invested and feel comfortable to say anything. However, as time goes on you become more invested in how the other person feels and some important conversations that need to be had, may not seem so easy. In some relationships the partner may avoid these conversations every time you try to start it. Whether your the own who has a hard time with these conversations or your partners does, here are some helpful tips to make your partner more comfortable with the more difficult conversations.
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life. It is natural for human beings to worry about the safety of themselves and loved ones. There is a level of anxiety that is considered "normal," and there is a point where anxiety becomes a problem in someone's life, and makes daily tasks difficult. Here are some reasons to seek professional help for anxiety:
Mental illness is a topic that a lot of people don't know a lot about. There is a stigma on mental illness, and people develop their views of mental illness based on that. A common mental health stigma is that it's all in the person's head, and if that it's all mind over matter. For some people this may be the case. However, for most people dealing with mental illness this is not the case. Lindsay Holmes, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, has a list of some scientific studies, that suggest mental illnesses are a biological, physical condition.
Dealing with emotional pain on own is very difficult. When there is emotional pain the help of friends and family is needed. However, some friends and family may not know exactly how to help a loved one with emotional pain. Dr. Sandra Hamilton, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, has some helpful tips to help someone who is in emotional pain.
Sometimes, when a person experiences depression, they may notice changes in their sleep patterns. For instance, some people might notice that their depression is causing insomnia. They may have a hard time getting to sleep or a person might wake up consistently throughout the night. On the other hand, person might notice that they're sleeping too much. In this way, depression can contribute to both insomnia and hypersonnia.
One of the most important relationships you can have in life, is the relationship with yourself. A lot of the time we forget to focus on the relationship with ourselves, and put more effort into relationships we have with other people. Sarah Bogdanski, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post says, "I'd rely on what everyone else thought and would constantly get everyone's opinions on something before making a decision." A lot of the time we are more concerned about what other people think rather than what we think of ourselves. Bogdanski says there are 5 great things about having a loving relationship with yourself.
According to the National Library of Medicine, postpartum depression is "moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth." Mothers can experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety and exhaustion. These feelings can make it hard for women to complete daily tasks or care for themselves and others. Buzzfeed released a video about Andrea Yates, America's most notorious mom. Within this video they discuss the timeline of events, that Andrea Yates went through relating to her mental health.