Fear of public speaking: How can I overcome it?

Biz_group-1-hiCMYKFear of public speaking is a common phobia. It can range from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Many people with a fear of public speaking avoid public speaking situations altogether, or they suffer through them with shaking hands and a quavering voice. But with preparation and persistence, you can overcome your fear. Continue reading

Intervention: Help a loved one overcome addiction

grieving-iStock_000022888560Small-300x220It can be challenging to help a loved one struggling with alcoholism, drug problems, an eating disorder or other destructive behavior. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, a more focused approach is often needed. You may need to join forces with others and take action through a formal intervention.  Continue reading

Alcohol use

wine_AfAm coupleWhen it comes to alcohol, it can be hard to know how much is “too much.” While a small amount of red wine per day may provide some health benefits, it can also interfere with medication. Some medical conditions can get worse with alcohol. If you drink, it’s best to ask your doctor how much is safe for you. The following article provides some general guidelines about alcohol use.
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Everyday mindfulness

SAF 0672How mindfulness can help you live a healthier, happier life
Although we may be driving or waiting in line, many of us are thinking about other things – work deadlines, a recent spat or an unpaid bill. As Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh says, we may be caught in the past or the future instead of living deeply in the present moment.1 This is called “monkey mind” – when our thoughts leap from place to place. Continue reading

Coping with violence

rsz_l016After a violent incident, you may feel shaken and unsure of what to do next. Even if you and your loved ones are safe, you may feel sad and overwhelmed at the losses that others have suffered. You may also be struggling to understand why violence occurs, and how you and your loved ones can feel safe in a world that sometimes seems dangerous and unpredictable. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, these tips may help. Continue reading

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping

3-women-laughing-with-appleThe holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would. Continue reading