Do You Suffer From Holiday Depression?….๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŽ„

Do you suffer from holiday depression, stress, and anxiety??

Do your family members make you crazy around this time of the year?…

Wondering what Aunt Edith will say to embarrass you around the holiday table this year? Thinking that Tums and Tylenol wonโ€™t be enough to endure the extra helpings of โ€œsarcasm served cold,โ€ thatโ€™s dished out by your mother in law?๐Ÿ˜’

If you dread family holidays with your cooked-out clan, youโ€™re not alone. The Christian Post posted results from their recent survey: Twenty-four percent of individuals surveyed they dreaded seeing relatives and 16% stated that they did not look forward to attending holiday parties and events.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

According to an article in Entrepreneur.com, more than 60% of baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials report feeling increased stress at holiday time. This is at least partially owed to strained relationships and forced interactions with family during the most socially overbooked and financially burdensome time of year.

So why, when we think of celebrating another year coming to a close, and celebrating that with our relatives, does this incite panic attacks and neurosis rather than a peaceful, and benevolent feeling? And a better question, how to avoid conflict at Christmas? Below, some reasons and solutions to family stress during the holidays.

Clashes of Personality

Not everyone has the same ideas about things, and thatโ€™s no more apparent than when the entire family gets together. Whether itโ€™s quibbling over how long to cook the turkey, arguing over who gets to host and who gets to make the tripโ€ฆ not agreeing on how much to spend on presents, or navigating conversational minefieldsโ€ฆ different family personality types can come into conflict at holiday time for sure. And please don’t add politics to the mix…especially during this time!

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Life isnโ€™t fair. Everyone, at some point, has to deal with a painful or unpleasant situation that they did not deserve. While some people are able to cope with the โ€œunfairโ€ situation and then move on, others seem to get stuck.

Do you feel stuck?
Do you constantly blame others or yourself for your problems?

Or

Do you quickly move on and make lemonade out of lemons being thrown at you???

Check out this week’s podcast below to learn how to move beyond that victim mentality, so you can start living a victorious life ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ…๐ŸŽ™

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Are Your Fears Keeping You From a Great Life….

Good Tuesday friends๐Ÿ˜Š

Have you ever had a fear that kept you from living life fully? Perhaps this fear has stopped you from having MORE fun or experiencing GREATER success. Yes? This article will help you learn to overcome your fear and increase your self-confidence.

Conquering your fears, one by one; builds confidence and increases your quality of life. Don’t let your fears hold you back from living the life you wish you were living.

Try These 10 Tips For Conquering Your Fears:

1๏ธโƒฃ Recognize fear is present (be mindful that it exist)

2๏ธโƒฃ Declare you are going to conquer the fear (don’t let shit keep you from your goals)

3๏ธโƒฃ Expect to feel anxious, awkward and scared (it’s ok to feel scared, but do it anyway)๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

4๏ธโƒฃ Consider copying a style you like until you find your own style (imitation is flattering)

5๏ธโƒฃ Focus your attention (stop ๐Ÿšซwith all the distractions)

6๏ธโƒฃ Motivate yourself with affirmations (you all know I love affirming myself)๐Ÿ’ž

7๏ธโƒฃ Step into the fear with abandon

8๏ธโƒฃ Let go and have fun! Remind yourself to keep breathing. ๐Ÿ˜

9๏ธโƒฃ Pat yourself on the back when itโ€™s over (you did it)๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿ”Ÿ Notice how much easier it gets When you have time, take a personal inventory of the fears keeping you from living the life you want. Then make a commitment and challenge yourself to face and conquer one them that’s been holding you back.

Use the tips above to guide your way. To get started, see if any common fears from the list above fit you:

Have a Terrific Tuesday…๐Ÿ˜˜

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Happy Monday….๐Ÿ˜Š

Good morning ๐ŸŒž and welcome to a new week…

New week, new goals, and a new attitude…
Remember you have made through other weeks, you will get through this one!!!

Get up, get dress, and hold your head high…no matter what the week throws at you, remember You Got This๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜˜

Have an awesome and productive week…

Olivia B Shepherd

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Wellness Wednesday…Overcoming Anxiety!

Having trouble overcoming anxiety? Try some of these tips I was taught and now share with you...

In the United States alone, millions of people are recorded to have been suffering from anxiety disorders every year. This only proves that anxiety is one of the most common psychological illnesses today; actually even more prevalent than depression.

Anxiety disorders come in a number of forms. These include fear, phobia, extreme nervousness, and pathological anxieties. What is really alarming with anxiety disorders is that these oftentimes attack or trigger without any warning at all. Although some cases of anxiety conditions are only short term, there are some cases that can go on for years, especially among individuals who refuse to seek treatments for their conditions.

Unlike what some people think, overcoming anxiety is not that difficult or complicated. With the proper diagnosis and treatments, one can totally free himself/herself from the hassles and complications of having an extreme case of anxiety.

Apart from the basic therapies regularly recommended by doctors to patients suffering from anxiety, the following are some effective and simple treatments that help reduce or manage anxiety:

   1. Make sure to get enough sleep.   ๐Ÿ›

When a person lacks enough sleep, he/she becomes even more prone to develop anxiety disorders. Sleep is really important to help the body rest and recharge for another busy day at work or at home. Frequent lack of sleep can heighten a personโ€™s susceptibility to acquiring anxiety disorders.

   2. Maintain a regular exercise regimen.๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ (not my favorite one ๐Ÿ™„)

Exercise definitely has a lot of good effects on the body. It does not only make the body fitter, but it is also an effective therapy for anxiety conditions. Apart from regular exercises, aerobics and yoga are also perfect therapies to treat anxiety.

   3. Munch on healthy meals and snacks.๐Ÿฅ’๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฅฆ

A healthy daily diet keeps a person from experiencing too much stress and anxiety. Hence, doctors always advise patients to include vegetables and fruits in their daily diet. (besides the healthy stuff isn't all that bad๐Ÿ˜)   
 

  4. Avoiding drugs and alcohol.๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅƒ(still a little hard for me as I'm a recovering alcoholic)

There are some people who think that alcohol and drugs can take away all their worries and problems. In fact, these only worsen a personโ€™s anxiety condition. Instead of freeing one from anxiety, too much alcohol and medication consumption will most likely lead to addiction.โœ”

   5. Seek emotional support from friends and family members.๐Ÿ’–(couldn't have done it without my close friends)

Sometimes, the only thing that can free a person from too much anxiety is to be around the people who can give strong emotional and spiritual support. If a person has a strong social support system, he is less likely to develop anxiety disorder and stress.

   6. Try meditating.๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ(learning more about this now)

Many studies claim that meditation is a great way of reliving oneโ€™s stress and anxieties. Among the popular forms of meditation are walking meditation, transcendental meditation, and mindfulness. With the treatmentโ€™s ability to reduce anxiety, specialists recommend patients to enroll or join in meditation classes.

   7. Try practicing relaxation techniques.๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Another good technique for overcoming anxiety is to practice relaxation routines. One of the most commonly practiced relaxation routines is visualization and breathing. These practices really help in reducing and even eliminating the feeling of anxiety.Hope these techniques work for you as well as they did for me.... Happy Healing...๐Ÿ˜Š

Wellness Wednesday…Don’t Let Depression Continue To Control You!!!!!

  
Depression has had control over me for more years than I care to remember...I no longer let this illness get the best of me! I'm determined to be in control and so should you...here are 5๏ธโƒฃreasons why you need to put depression in its place!!!
1๏ธโƒฃFamily โ€“ It can be very vexing to loved oneโ€™s when you are depressed. On one hand they want nothing but the best for you, but on the other they sometimes get frustrated and wonder why you canโ€™t simply snap out of it. It can be particularly hard on children of someone with depression as it may affect their outlook on life for many years to come. Having experienced this myself, I can say definitely this is the number one reason to fight your depression.

2๏ธโƒฃWork – Work life generally suffers when in the throws of depression. It is more difficult to concentrate and not as easy to create and maintain good professional working relationships and partnerships. Furthermore, it makes being a โ€œSelf-starterโ€ more unlikely. Rather than moving forward, maintaining the status-quo becomes more acceptable, even if only unconsciously.

3๏ธโƒฃLove โ€“ The love life of a person with depression can suffer tremendously. Regardless of How much someone may profess their dedication to another person, if the other person can never see the bright side, it can wear on them. Life is short, right? Love conquers A WHOLE LOT, but it doesnโ€™t conquer everything. Sometimes we must add internal fortitude to love to truly be invincible. Besides isnโ€™t it better to fight, not just for you, but for this person that you love as well?

4๏ธโƒฃHealth โ€“ University studies have proven that people who are depressed are more likely to get sick, and more likely to die of an illness than those who are content. It is in your benefit, health wise, to fight your depression as well. A recent New York Times article, citing a University study, indicated that persons who have been diagnosed as depressed have more hospital visits, and a shorter lifespan.

5๏ธโƒฃProsperity โ€“ The depressed person sometimes lacks clarity of thought, and may miss golden opportunities to improve their lives if only they had been paying attention. This may be, perhaps, the most important point, since many people believe they would be happier if only this part of their life, or that part of their life, etc was different. Allowing good things to happen in your life might just give you the jump start needed to end the cycle of depression and self imposed-isolation( even if only figuratively ). This one is my fav๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค‘

Fighting depression can help your life in many ways. In some ways, the fight in itself is also a reward. You become stronger, do better at work, have better relationships, and can focus on what is really important in life so that you can improve it, for yourself, your family, friends, and loved ones. Depression for me was a blessing in disguise…

Hope these tips help you beat the hell put of depression as well….

Wishing you good mental health,

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Mental Health and Why Seeking Help is Important

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