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10 Ways Your Body Tells You You’re Stressed and What You Can Do about It

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Over the past few months, I’ve learned how insidious stress really is. That it causes short- and long-term health problems. That it makes me more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders. And that those of us who suffer from chronic stress may not feel stressed because we don’t remember what it feels like not to be stressed.

Identifying and coping with stress is an important way to protect our mental health and the mental health of the people we spend time with. How many physiological signs of stress do you have? Read the rest of this entry

Make Yourself an Emotional First-Aid Kit

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Most of us know what to do when we cut ourselves on something sharp—we go to the first-aid kit for medicines and bandages. But when we feel hurt, tired, or stressed emotionally, we don’t have clear solutions on hand.

An emotional first-aid is a resource for those times when you need a little extra help to lift your mood or turn your day around. Some things you can carry with you. Others you can keep in a drawer at home. The idea is to know what sensory experiences give you positive feelings so you can reach for them the same way you reach for an aspirin when you have a headache. Read the rest of this entry

5 Ways to Collect Your Happy Thoughts

When you’re down in the dumps, it can be hard to think of ways to make you feel better. It’s one of those features of being an adult. (In fact, J. M. Barrie makes finding just one happy thought a prerequisite for passage to Neverland.) Over the past few months of therapy, I’ve learned that the secret is to focus on positive thoughts when they come easily so you have some in reserve for when they don’t. Try these five suggestions for saving up those happy thoughts for a rainy day. Read the rest of this entry

Are You a Good Communicator? A Mental Patient’s Guide to Better Communication

Good communication is hard. But personal relationships are more authentic and satisfying when we’re honest the people we spend time with and when we invite them to be honest with us, too. Experimental Wifery offers you a quiz to assess your own communication skills, some advice to communicate during conflict, and a personal anecdote about learning to communicate better–at twenty-seven years old. Read the rest of this entry

10 Lies You Tell Yourself and How to See Through Them

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Everyone distorts reality. We lie to ourselves to make ourselves feel better—or worse. But when we don’t face reality, we make ourselves vulnerable to all kinds of negative emotions like arrogance, disappointment, and depression. It’s important to recognize these lies we all tell ourselves because they give us a one-sided perspective about our experiences and make it harder to interact with other people.

The good news is that these lies are essentially bad habits of thought. By learning to recognize these ten cognitive distortions and put better habits in their place, we can make ourselves better—and happier—people. Read the rest of this entry