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Try these tips to help keep calm

Ways to Calm and Soothe Yourself

Self-Care Strategies for Times You Feel Stressed and Overwhelmed We can all feel stressed and emotionally overwhelmed. Each of us, however, may find different types of activities soothing and may need different types of soothing activities at different times. Below are the general categories of soothing self-care activities. Identify your preferred style of self-soothing: Creativity…

Why Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Anxiety and Depressio...

Sleeping patterns and mental health are two closely-related concepts. During sleep, your body and mind repair themselves and become stronger. Because of this, sleep deprivation can worsen or even increase your chances of anxiety and depression. Around 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and the problem is also significant in other locations around the…

Learn ways to help mitigate sleep disorders

Sleep Disorders, What Causes Them, and How to Mitigat...

Sleep disorders — a blanket term referring to conditions that prevent people from sleeping well on a regular basis — are common. In fact, by some estimates, as many as three-quarters of adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can have a significant effect on our general health and well-being. Issues with…

Learn the ways you might be exhibiting imposter syndrome

Signs You Have Imposter Syndrome & How to Overco...

Fake it till you make it. We all know the cliché and the “fake it” part almost comes naturally now. “Make it” is an entirely different story. In fact, for many folks, it may feel like an impossibility. No matter how much they accomplish, they perpetually feel like a fake. This is often a sign…

Use these ways to set boundaries to get what you need from life.

9 Ways to Set Boundaries with People, Food & Tim...

There are many ways to set boundaries. Often, the tricky part is enforcing them. The boundaries we choose to set and how we implement them say a lot about who we are. What Are Boundaries and How Do We Set Them? While “boundaries” has become trendy as a word, especially in big cities such as…

Use these to tips to help stop overthinking

5 Tips to Stop Overthinking Everything

Firstly, let’s not overthink a post about how to stop overthinking. That’s a good start. Well, it’s a nice goal at least. Overthinking has become the norm for more people than ever. We are bombarded 24/7 with news, good news, bad news, and even “fake news.” Our devices now lure us into entirely new realms…

Use these tips to help you when you're not feeling "good enough"

What to Do if You Never Feel “Good Enough”...

What happens when “good enough” is no longer good enough? In a smartphone/social media universe, even the most mundane, everyday activities become a tacit competition. As a result, we may start believing that no matter what we do, we can’t measure up. Who Decides What is “Good Enough”? On some level, we all realize how…

Learn how to communicate effectively with DBT interpersonal effectiveness skills

DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning Effective C...

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. Research has shown that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of disorders and issues, including depression, substance use, eating disorders, and PTSD. DBT includes skills in four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal…

Learn to develop qualities of inner compassion

Developing Qualities of Inner Compassion

Learn How to Develop Qualities of Inner Compassion Being self ­critical can be very stressful and make us feel worse. One way of coping with disappointment and our ‘inner bully’ is to learn to be compassionate to the self. This requires a number of things of us: Valuing Compassion Some people are worried that if…

Distress Tolerance Skills: Using TIPP During an Emotional Crisis

Distress Tolerance Skills: Using TIPP During an Emoti...

Have you ever felt as though your emotions are at a breaking point? Have you ever been in an emotional crisis and did not know how to handle the situation? Do you ever think “I wish I had some way to help manage my emotions”? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills can enhance your mental, emotional,…

DBT emotion regulation

DBT Emotion Regulation: How to Manage Emotional React...

I’m Alexandra Marshall, a DBT trained Therapist in Houston. I help people develop skills to manage emotional reactions better and to start building healthy and connected relationships. I find that frequently, people come to me saying they want to stop overreacting when they get emotional. Or they want to start feeling heard and feeling more…

Pet, Emotional Support and Service Dogs Explained

Companion Animals: Pet, Emotional Support and Service...

Written by freelance writer: Brandon Butler There is a reason you call dogs man’s best friend. Their companionship can help us become calmer, happier people. Some research (and plenty of anecdotal evidence) suggests that companion animals greatly improve our mental and physical health.  Formally trained therapy dogs, registered emotional service animals, personal pets, and even other…


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