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Money, or the lack of it, is often a source of stress and anxiety.Stress and Money It can lead to arguments between couples, stress in families, and a sense of anxiety for those making it on their own. It is a facet of modern living that greatly influences our relationship with ourselves and others and yet it is a subject that very few people are comfortable speaking about openly.

In many cases, our associations with money have become such a negative influence in our lives that it can be challenging to shift our negative beliefs into healthy ones. There is also a huge amount of pressure from friends, family and society to succeed, or at least display the material symbols of success. Thus, for many of us, success doesn't exist without money.

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As scary and lonely as it may feelTeen depression when a teenager is lost in depression it is important to know that there is a way out of the darkness and that they don’t have to go it alone. It is important for a parent to be comfortable with talking with their teenager about the intense feelings that come up when depression is present in their teen’s life.

Rather than talking down to their teens parents should validate the feelings that are being expressed and simply acknowledge the sadness and pain that is being shared.

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Sometimes it's fun to go it alone.Therapy and Counseling for depression in Pasadena  To be a pioneer and take on tasks all by yourelf.

But sometimes the feeling of alone can alter into the feeling of lonely, morping into an energy that can make you feel isolated, depressed, and unworthy.

Isolation has the ability to hamper our ability to feel good about ourselves and the lives we lead.  It can make us question our value, our ability to give and receive love, and our place in our family and community. Isolation is often driven by a vague feeling of not belonging that then leads to a lack of desire to encounter rejection.

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As the summer progresses there are lotsStress reduction from www.JohnSovec.com of activities to participate in and many people find themselves out in the sun: running, biking, swimming, hiking, and in general enjoying lots of physical activity.  An interesting byproduct of this increased level of exercise  can be a lift in mood (especially for people facing depression or anxiety)  and a general feeling of well being.

We all know that exercise is integral to physical fitness and assisting in the prevention of  high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. A growing volume of research is now suggesting that exercise can also help improve mental wellness including the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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A guest blog from my colleague Elizabeth Gordon, professional organizer, on the importance of getting the clutter out of your life

The beginning oClutterf the school year is an exciting time. New classes, new faces and a chance for new experiences. But what is going on in your physical environment that may be affecting your personal and/or professional life? Clear that clutter for some renewed energy!


There is so much I can say about clutter. Just looking at a pile of junk is enough to raise your blood pressure and heart rate, increase stress and anxiety and make you feel depressed. Things that are neat and orderly have the exact opposite affect. You will feel lighter, have more energy and have peace of mind.

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A recent experience reminded me of theDaily Stress power of paying attention to the challenges that present themselves in our daily lives. I was on my way to the store, going over my grocery list in my mind as I drove. As I pulled into the busy parking lot, I saw a space and pulled in to park. I opened my car door and a man started barking obscenities, ranting furiously that I had taken his parking space.

At this point, as in any moment that involves the presence of intense emotion, I had a choice...

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On this, the longest day of the year, signs ofGrowth Through Self Awareness from www.JohnSovec.com growth and change are everywhere. From tomotoes ripening on the vine to marigolds bursting forth in brilliant orange, change is in the air and new growth is all around us.

Growth and change are intertwined in our lives. Though it is often uncomfortable and sometimes frightening, the changes that confront us in our lives are integral to our ability to grow and develop as people. Change is one thing that is constant in our lives, so fighting against it is not only futile, but it also inhibits our ability to shed our fears and insecurities.

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Having big dreams is one of the catalyst that’sDream Big helps us to grow and develop as human beings.  In therapy, we often uncover those big dreams and they become a goal, a beacon that provides inspiration for action and movement.

It is a vital part of personal development to have a dream that keeps us involved in our own life experience. Yet sometimes blocks, barricades, and hurdles slow our progress and make us question if our dream is even attainable. Rather than interpreting this energy as the universe saying NO!, to your dream perhaps the message is a more subtle, Not Yet.

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By now you have started to build Meditate to Relieve Stressan awareness of how stress and anxiety can infiltrate you life and influence how you experience your life. The use of these tools can assist in building your ability to recognize when stress is effecting you as well as giving you specific guidelines to help manage and release your stress.

The final tool that can be of great benefit in reducing streets in your life is the use of meditation.  I know, some of you read that word and want to leave the room.  But meditation doesn’t have to be a difficult process that involves hours of your day or a trip to an ashram to escape.

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Keep your sunny side up. It sounds like an1340045_french_sunflowers old maxim shared by our grandmothers to buoy their sprits when things got tough.  But there is some truth to this adage that can be a powerful weapon in the war on stress.

Optimism is a powerful tool that can affect our long term mood and in turn relieve stress and anxiety.

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