10 Ways to Calm Down

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As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person), I’m easily overwhelmed. I have been compiling ways to calm down over the years. I learned some in Aron’s book, some as part of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program I participated in, and just recently picked up a slew […]

10 Quick Ways to Calm Down

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As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person), it’s easy for me to become overwhelmed, or over-aroused (not in a sexual way—not on antidepressants). I have been compiling ways to calm down over the years. I learned some in Aron’s book, some as part of the mindfulness-based […]

Why Spring Depression and Anxiety?

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I’ve always found it curious that more suicides happen in the spring than in any other season. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide rates are lowest in the winter months and highest in the springtime. What’s so bad about April and May? The sun […]

5 Things To Do When You Get the Worries

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Sometimes the best way to learn a subject is to teach it. That was certainly the case last weekend. I took a group of 10-year-old girls to see the movie, “Heaven Is For Real.” I walked away from the big screen inspired that maybe there is no anxiety and depression in the afterlife, that if […]

5 Steps to Find Calm: An Interview with Robert J. Wicks

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Renowned psychiatrist Peter Kramer once said that the opposite ofdepression isn’t happiness. It’s resilience, the ability to bounce back from tragedy, to regain a healthy sense of perspective after traumatic or stressful experiences. In my recovery from depression andanxiety, it is calm — more than excitement or joy or contentment — that I seek. I want merely to […]

Go Cry to Mom: It Calms You Down

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When it comes to internal pain, I have not evolved a whole lot from when I was in fourth grade: I still go running to mom with my tears. Even as I know something in our conversation could very well trigger more anxiety or I question the advice she dolls out, I am still comforted […]

Individuals Genetically Predisposed to Anxiousness May Be Less Likely to Volunteer and Help Others

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I’ve always known, from my own experience with depression, that there is a strong connection between volunteer work and mental health. Now a University of Missouri researcher has found that prosocial behavior–volunteering and helping others–is related to the same gene that predisposes people to anxiety disorders. So helping them cope with their anxiety may increase […]