October Scaries: Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

October Scaries: Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

Social anxiety! Almost everyone has it.

I'm sure the majority of us, at one point or another, has experienced anxiety about socializing with somebody. That little bit of trepidation before you walk into your first day of work, that hiccup of anxiety as you enter a party, or that discomfort when the person sitting next to you on a plane just keeps asking you questions.

But, those small social anxieties are very different from social phobia.

Rather than experiencing a small amount of anxiety that we can easily push through, having a social phobia means that anxiety is debilitating. You're too anxious about that party, so you never go in in the first place. Rather than going to work on your first day, you call in sick or make up an excuse. 

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Stop and Think: Impulse Control and Anxiety Management For Kids

Stop and Think: Impulse Control and Anxiety Management For Kids

I specialize in both anxiety and anger management for a reason.

Anxiety and anger have a lot in common. If you've ever experienced feelings of anxiety before, consider those physical cues - racing heart, shortness of breath, dilated eyes, inability to focus or concentrate, muscles tensed and ready for action. 

Now, think about the last time you were angry. How your face felt hot and your fists tensed up. How your heart started to beat faster because you were ready for a fight. Your brain focused only on the thing that made you feel this way.

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Rainbow Guided Meditation: Relaxation Walk-Through for Kids

Rainbow Guided Meditation: Relaxation Walk-Through for Kids

Relaxation is crucial, but we're not born knowing how to do it.

Babies have trouble self-soothing, and as parents we know that our new infant needs a lot of care in order to calm down. We don't expect them to just do it on their own.  Our anxious and angry toddlers, pre-schoolers, and elementary aged students need help when it comes to calming down as well. And so today, we have a walkthrough on how to use Rainbow Breathing to connect with our breath in our body, and to help us calm down.

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Top Three Tips For Avoiding Stress

Top Three Tips For Avoiding Stress

Stress Is Contagious

This week I have my top three tips to avoid catching someone else's stress. Because, a lot of times, it can feel like anxiety and stress loves company.

1. You have your space, I have mine:

Stress can rub off on you if you let it. Just remember that you are only in charge of yourself, and that means you have this great opportunity to take a step back and focus on you. Sometimes you may want to literally take a step back and go to your office, or take a quick break outside to reconnect with yourself.


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