The Holiday season is the best time to spend time with friends and family. But for many people, this time can bring or worsen anxiety, depression, and stress. This can be caused by many factors which may include increased financial burden as a result of travel, gifts and hotel charges. You may also be overwhelmed since the holiday season includes lots of parties, traveling, and performances which are difficult to balance with everyday self-care and responsibilities. Pathways Real Life Recovery offers mental health counseling services in Sandy, Utah. If you experience one of the above challenges, the following are tips that you can use to manage your increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression during your holiday.
Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s a common misconception that anti-anxiety medication is safe because it’s prescribed by a doctor?
But that’s not always the case.
Let’s take a look at a few anti-anxiety drugs most commonly abused by people under 30.
At a certain point, pornography viewing ceases to be merely a bad habit and becomes an obsessive-compulsive addiction. Those caught in this cycle can recognize the stages in their pornography viewing habits. From the initial sexual thoughts, a feeling of fear and a desire to avoid watching are triggered; despite these feelings, the compulsion to watch pornography is too great, leading to a sense of shame and guilt after watching. While a person trapped in this cycle will vow to never watch pornography again, sexual thoughts recur and lead to another round of this pattern.
If you recognize these symptoms of pornography addiction in yourself, here are the steps you can take to overcome your addiction.
Many people find it difficult to admit they’re introverts, because introverts are often seen as people that don’t like being around other people. However, introverts simply gain energy from time alone; it doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy being with others. Being an introvert can come with some challenges, particularly during the summer months.
An effective way of dealing with memories and intense self-reflection is journaling.
A way of “letting go,” jotting down your feelings is an important part of your addiction recovery. Whether you are dependent on a substance or a behavior, Pathway Real Life Recovery is here to help bring order into your life by assisting you in your battle against addiction. There are irreplaceable tools in any battle, recovery journaling is a tool that plays an important role in restoring good mental and physical health free of chaos.
It’s sometimes tough to feel good about your body in the summer when all over the media and magazines feature lose weight fast articles or fad diets to get your beach body. We all worry about our height, weight, scars, or the size of our bodies in various ways. However, you should know that it’s possible to celebrate being healthy, and you can be happy and goofy on the beach while loving who you are. Though it might be tough to feel great in the summer, especially at the beginning, we want to offer some tips to help you celebrate your fabulous body. Here are some tips you can follow to stay positive about your body all summer long.
If your young child is experiencing behavioral problems, you have likely tried many methods to attempt to correct these behaviors. Some of these methods may include punishment techniques or positive reinforcement methods. However, if you are not seeing any change in their behavior, you may begin to wonder what you as a parent are doing wrong.
Even the happiest people sometimes experience holiday blues. With so many things to juggle at once, it’s not uncommon to feel down during the “most wonderful time of the year.” Especially for those prone to depression and anxiety, November and December can be particularly difficult to navigate with a smile.
Trust is one of the most important aspects of healthy relationships. When our spouse cheats on us or our best friend throws us under the bus, we’re left with tons of questions and doubts about our relationship. Why would this person we thought we could trust lie to us? Is that the first time they’ve lied, or have they lied about other things? We often wonder if we’ll be able to trust them again or if we’ll always wonder whether they’re really being honest with us. When we’re the ones who have betrayed our loved one’s trust, we might feel as though our relationship is doomed, no matter how sorry we feel for our actions or words.
Managing Money and Addiction Recovery
In recovery, you heard a lot about emotions, spirituality, and self-awareness. One thing you probably didn’t hear enough about was money management even though it might be one of the most important keys to a successful recovery. Why? Many addicts use up their entire life savings to fund their addiction. As soon as they receive cash, they spend it on drugs until they find their way into homelessness, poverty, and debt. Even those who don’t find themselves in financial ruin begin to associate spending money with the rush of getting high. This can turn money into a powerful trigger or lead to spending on other things becoming a replacement addiction. For these reasons, money management is just as important as the “Big Three” — people, places, and things to avoid — and it is critical to understand this fourth threat to sobriety.