A Personal Challenge From Paul Dooley

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I don't like New Year's resolutions because they don't work. The reality is that you can start to change on any given day. So I'm not going to ask you to set a goal with an arbitrary timeline. Instead, I want you to reflect on a few things. For starters, what are you going to do differently this year to lower your anxiety? I want you to take a step back and really think about that. After you and I stop stuffing our faces with cookies and pie (or is that just me?) this holiday season it's time to get serious about your

Mental Health: The War at Home

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Today's post was written by U.S. Army veteran PM. Warning: This article contains strong language. Mental health doesn’t just affect a certain type of person. It could affect anyone from kids, adults, men, women, black or white; it really does not matter. Does being a veteran mean that I have a significant case of mental health issues? No, it doesn't.  But I would like to discuss the stigma that many veterans experience with you. I spent 6 years in the Army, I spent one deployment in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. After my second

Why It’s Bad to Focus All Your Attention on Anxiety

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If I asked you to tell me what anxiety is I'm sure you'd do a fine job. After all, you know your stuff. You could probably tell me a lot about what your anxiety feels like, what fear feels like, even what terror feels like. I'm confident that you could give me all the intricate details. In fact, I'm sure you and I could easily get lost in the details of your latest complaint, but what would be the point? I know why you do it. You're on the lookout for danger. You're anticipating, calculating, always watching. To be fair, I

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

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I am psyched to introduce you to AG's first full time contributor Valerie Murphy. I met Valerie over 3 years ago at my first internship. I always thought that Valerie was a blast to be around, but I later found out that she also happened to be an anxious person! I had so many questions. Over time we became friends and eventually I asked her to share her knowledge and experience with my audience here at AG. Over the past few months we have been working hard to develop new material and even plan to start a free webinar series to strengthen

How the Right Foods Can Improve Your Mood

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One of the biggest concerns for the average person with anxiety is figuring out how to decrease their physical symptoms. For the vast majority, that means endless hours researching deep breathing, yoga, or feel good quotes. Now, there's no doubt in my mind that if you take meditation and yoga seriously that you will see results, but how many people do? That's why the motivation factor is all-important. Rather unfortunately people get discouraged if they don't see results within a few days. Bottom-line is that if it takes too long to

3 Essential Tips for Anxious Parents

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I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my room, grinding my teeth, when my inner voice exploded with anger: Enough! His screams had made their way deep inside the part of my brain that houses rage and I just couldn't contain myself anymore. So I bounced up and stormed in his direction. When I had him cornered I glared at him and demanded silence. I pointed at him and shouted: Stop! He looked back at me with a quivering lower lip and these sad, sad eyes that made me feel like total garbage. You see, the guy I was

Can a Panic Attack Trigger Anxiety Forever?

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein Let me take a wild guess. You're not exactly sure if you're going to get better, right? This is especially true if you were dragged into anxiety by one of those "out of the blue" panic attacks. Although not all anxiety problems are triggered by panic, many are. That was the case for me. I remember it well. A crashing wave of fear terror mixed with palpitations, dizziness, sweating and the sense that I just might not make it out

Does Exposing Yourself to Your Fears Really Work?

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It's an interesting question that I'm sure you've wondered about before. I mean, it's like you don't want to overcome your health phobia or fear of flying, right? Of course you do. It's not a lack of desire on your part that holds you back. More likely, it's knowing that exposure to your fears could make you feel worse. But that's why it's important to remember that when you use exposure to extinguish your fears it should be done gradually. That's the most important lesson I learned from this week's podcast guest Guy Oberwise,

How to Harness the Power of Self-Hypnosis (Free Audio Guide)

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After my talk with Dr. Randolph Shipon, I thought it would be helpful to share a short guided hypnosis. I teamed up with psychologist Dyan Haspel-Johnson, PhD to create it. She said this about the recording: "To use this self-hypnosis recording, find a quiet place where you can sit or lie down to listen. Please do not listen to this while driving or engaging in other activities. It would be great for you to incorporate this into your day so you can take a break in your office, at home, parked in your car, etc. Feel free to