7 Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

7 Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

Feeling anxious? It’s nasty, isn’t it?

Those racing thoughts can feel totally overwhelming and impossible to manage. This can lead to you overthinking everything and getting even more anxious. And so on it goes. Not much fun.

Anxiety can be a friend in times of danger. What many of us are doing now, however, is still brooding and ruminating well after the danger is gone and there’s no longer any threat.

It’s also worth noting that many times the anxiety being created is not even about a real threat! It’s just our over-active imagination at work worrying about things you haven’t even yet experienced. “What if he doesn’t like me?’ ‘What if I don’t get above 95% in this exam?’ ‘What if I’m held up in traffic?’ How is your self talk?

So here are 7 ways to ease those anxious thoughts:

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Compulsive Behaviours

Over the last few years I’ve noticed a remarkable increase in the number of children I’m treating for various forms of anxiety.

So many are experiencing social anxiety, for example, which is impacting on their ability to socialise and create meaningful lives and careers. They are oftentimes using food and other unhealthy compulsive behaviours to comfort themselves and this can lead on to other addictions in adulthood.

But help is available, I've successfully treated hundreds of children (and adults). If you or your child is struggling do give me a call on 0409 254 500 or email liz@lizhogon.com

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Making Changes That Last: Simple Ways To Successfully ‘Nudge’ Your New Year’s Resolutions Towards Achievement

By Senior Therapists Sally Baker & Liz Hogon.

If there is an almost guaranteed way to feel like an abject failure then setting a New Year’s Resolution will do it for most of us. There is plenty of research to show that between 40-60% of all resolutions, year upon year, have either been broken or forgotten for good or at least until next year, by halfway through January!

Although many people imbue January 1st with magical properties as the ideal date to change their habits and behaviours. The truth is its just an arbitrary date in the diary with no more power or influence than next Tuesday week or even the next wet Wednesday for that matter.

When you think that four of the most popular life changes people want for themselves are to lose weight; give up smoking; drink less alcohol or achieve a better work-life balance these habits and ways of thinking can seem daunting to change when they represent long-term and entrenched behaviour.

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Panic attacks... what are they?

Panic attacks... what are they?

Panic attacks can be terrifying. It is estimated that anywhere up to 6 million people in the United States alone experience panic attacks on a regular basis. Most people, however, have just a few panic attacks over their lifetime and the attacks then stop permanently. This is probably because the stressful situation has ended and they have returned to a calm and balanced place in their minds. The people who continue to have attacks are usually those personalities who continue to obsessively brood and ruminate about a past experience, thus keeping themselves in a state of anxiety.   

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The one parenting tactic to avoid at all costs

The one parenting tactic to avoid at all costs

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

Take the recent case of 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana who committed suicide after her father cut off her hair because she disobeyed him by using social media.

'Was it worth it?' her father reportedly asks while videoing her abasement.

'No', Izabel replies.

'How many times did I warn you?' he asks.

'A lot.' 

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Drugs don't cause addiction

Drugs don't cause addiction

Most people think that the reason why people become addicted to drugs is solely because of the drugs themselves. This, however, is far from the truth, as shown repeatedly by scientific studies on drug addiction.

See this brilliant short animated video that will explain to you why drugs don’t actually cause addiction, changing your view on drugs forever. 

Watch this great YouTube clip and see what you think!

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Is it possible to be your own best friend?

Is it possible to be your own best friend?

"I'm just so angry," said my friend Sarah* after she started writing a daily journal. I had to agree there's a lot to be angry about: refugees, the state of geo-politics, the treatment of women, Donald Trump.

But Sarah's anger is different. "I'm furious at myself for all my failings, all the mistakes I've made, and the opportunities I've missed," she said.  

This was a complete surprise. This is a woman who tops my list of Women Who Have Their S--- Together. It never occurred to me that she might be as insecure and self-critical as me. It was a revelation that well-adjusted grown-ups could also be pointlessly self-destructive.

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9 Phrases smart people never use in conversation

9 Phrases smart people never use in conversation

This is a great article penned by Travis Bradberry Ph.D.

 

We’ve all said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. These seemingly benign comments lead to the awful feeling that only comes when you’ve planted your foot firmly into your mouth.

Verbal slip-ups often occur because we say things without knowledge of the subtle implications they carry. Understanding these implications requires social awareness—the ability to pick up on the emotions and experiences of other people.

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