Health & Wellness
Empathy is a double-edged sword. The ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feel their feelings makes for an extraordinarily loving friend, family member, coworker, boss, or partner. One of the most basic human desires is the wish to be understood by others. So when we come across true empaths, we rejoice! Finally—someone who sees who we are, what we’re going through, and feels it on a deep level. We feel seen and loved.
The pandemic continues to be a daily struggle for everyone's mental health today. The world has adjusted to the new normal, but the trouble is no one knows when the normal we once knew will come back. The anxiety of the situation can cause many mental health struggles that people should strategically and adequately address.
Public speaking is difficult for many reasons. The speaking anxiety a person feels before a performance can be overwhelming. Doubt, fear, and discomfort about people watching and criticizing the speech creep in and all of those fears can seem impossible. Thankfully, there are ways to address these feelings.
As we enter the year 2021, many people are struggling with maintaining their mental health. One option that a large number of people are turning to is online therapy. Therapy has been shown to help individuals build trust, talk through issues, and take control of their life.
People who faced childhood emotional neglect or CEN continue to struggle with many challenges even after becoming adults. CEN struggles cause complications for people because it’s difficult to identify the source of emotional wounds, unlike physical injuries.
Are you focused on your mental health in 2021? If so, JournalOwl's top 101 mental health blogs of 2021 can help. These blogs cover various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. Bookmark these blogs so you can use them as resources throughout the year. Of course, we're biased with JournalOwl leading the pack!
Anxiety and panic attacks are awful. Your quality of life suffers, your physical health can be impacted, and relationships tend to suffer. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, there is hope. It will not last forever. You can overcome it.
Parenting is never easy, especially for new parents. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that revives your whole life. Blessed with a baby recently? Is he/she freaking you out? Well, it's normal! Kids come down from heaven on a special mission and that is to turn their parents’ life upside down. And now that you have brought them to the world, you need to handle them kindly and wisely.
If you go to a bookstore, you’ll see book after book that contains someone’s life story. These life stories were written by well-known people, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Anthony Bourdain, Stephen King, and others. It’s easy to understand why people want to read their life stories, but what about your account? Does your life story have value?
Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night (CDC, n.d.). If you get less than that, you will increase your risk of severe health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, chronic kidney disease, and cancer. Your mental health can also suffer, causing you to feel depressed, anxious, and irritable.
It’s not unusual to be concerned about your health when you are sick. You want to live a long and healthy life, so if you become ill, you can’t help but worry. You probably undergo medical treatment to get better and then might make some changes to safeguard your health. For instance, if you come down with the flu, your handwashing behaviors might improve. If you suffer a heart attack, you’d likely change your diet and start exercising.
Seventy-eight percent of workers live paycheck to paycheck, and almost 75 percent are in debt (Friedman, 2019). You don’t want to find yourself in the same situation, so you need a strategy to put money in the bank and earn your first million before turning 40.
Does it seem like life is busier than ever before? You are always putting out fires or handling obligations, and it all becomes a blur. When you’re always hustling, it can be challenging to find the joy in life. That, in turn, makes it hard to be grateful. Fortunately, you don’t have to make a significant life change to bring gratitude into your life. You can accomplish it by starting a gratitude journal. Committing as little as five minutes a day to writing in a gratitude journal can chan...
Everything seems normal, and then, you notice your heart throbbing, pounding, fluttering, or skipping a beat. You can’t help but feel anxious and might even worry you’re about to have a heart attack. You end up going to the doctor for a checkup, and the provider mentions your heart palpitations could be an electrolyte imbalance. Part of you is relieved. After all, an electrolyte imbalance sure sounds better than a heart attack. You’re also confused, though. What is an electrolyte imbalance,...
Some days, you say “thank you” a dozen or more times. Someone brings you coffee, so you say, “thank you.” Someone else grabs lunch, so you say “thanks” once again. These small acts of kindness continue throughout the day, so you say “thank you” repeatedly.
Your struggles with PTSD can bring daily challenges and frequent reminders of how much this disorder has impacted your life. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or you’re already very familiar with the ups and downs of symptoms, you know that having supportive people around you and keeping a positive and optimistic mindset are critical to your progress, your recovery, and your overall wellbeing.
Exercise is defined as any physical movement that requires your body to burn calories and makes your muscles work. Experts divide physical activities into different types, including walking, running, jogging, swimming, dancing, and cycling to name a few.
It's your first day at work, and you're excited to meet all your colleagues and be at the job you've always dreamed of, but as soon you greet a tired fellow with a smiley "Good Morning!", he hits you back with a cold "Mornin'" while sipping his hot coffee and not even bothering to note the new sound at the office. Then you suddenly fall prey to a cascade of negative emotions in which you are mostly bombarding your mind with assumptions of all kinds.
COVID-19 has taken the form of a global pandemic, and as we know, in these debilitating times, where we are exposed to a gazillion negative news and a never-ending state of fear, it becomes quite easy to get a catastrophizing mindset.
All-or-nothing thinking means perceiving and analyzing different conditions with an extreme approach. Either the interpretation is too positive or too negative for an event. For example, we might call ourselves an erred human for failing at something and think we would only be loved if we achieve a certain goal. This is an all-or-nothing thinking approach.
Whether you are suffering from an acute disease like a common cold or a chronic disorder like diabetes, consulting a doctor is necessary to receive appropriate advice for relieving the symptoms. However, most often, patients ignore the need to visit a physician just because of the lack of time.
A food diary can reveal a lot about your own personality, especially your eating habits. At my medical practice, I continually encounter people who have benefited greatly from keeping a food diary to overcome obesity while better managing chronic diseases like depression and hypertension.
Abstaining from a bad habit is not easy. Chemicals like nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are very addictive to human beings. With sheer will power, an individual can often abstain from addictive substances for a short period of time, but inevitably a stressful event (or trigger) occurs in life.
At your last doctor’s office visit, the nurse unwraps the cuff from your arm and writes down the reading in your chart. You find it odd that she does not say “great blood pressure” like she has so many times in the past, but you shrug it off.
It seems like life as you know it has changed overnight. One day, you were going to work, restaurants, movies, and more. Now, you are sheltering in place, wondering if you or your loved one will develop COVID-19 symptoms. Your anxiety likely spikes when you do venture out to the grocery store, where you’re greeted with empty shelves and people wearing masks trying to stay the mandated six feet apart.
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