Something I hear over and over again from clients is, “It feels so selfish for me to worry about myself when other people have it worse,” or, “Well, I know I really shouldn’t feel this way when other people are suffering more.” Some variation of this has come up dozens, maybe hundreds of times in the years I’ve been practicing, and before that, it was something I ran up against on a personal level.
Do you feel disconnected sometimes? Maybe you’re so busy with everything in your life that you barely have time to see the world around you. Maybe the only time you notice nature is when the weather interferes with the things on your to-do list. Maybe you can’t remember the last time you were able to just breathe and sit outside.
A lot of times we hear the word “anxiety” used interchangeable with “worry.” It’s true that anxiety has a lot in common with worry and often involves feeling worried, but anxiety is more than that. People who frequently experience high levels of anxiety will often notice changes in the way they think, the way they feel (both emotionally and physically), and the way they interact with people and tasks. This kind of anxiety can become a roadblock to living a healthy, happy life.
I’m so pleased to share this timely article in Bustle with my input on how to manage trauma related to the news.
When I started reading Johann Hari’s Lost Connections, I was already a convert. I knew depression and anxiety weren’t solely caused by chemistry or biology, despite growing up in the age of Prozac. While it was clear to me that antidepressants could be effective for people with moderate to severe depression, I suspected that for many people they weren’t solving the problem per se, but instead...