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The holidays are right around the corner! And that means many of us will begin losing our minds, patience, and good cheer. Well, can you blame us? The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping, decorating, and keeping your drunk aunt away from your recently widowed neighbor, it’s enough to pull your hair out!

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience anxiety. It’s actually a natural reaction to many stressors such as starting a new job, taking final exams, and becoming a new parent.

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, life may feel overwhelming most of the time. But know that there is help out there for you.

Did you ever play the game called “telephone” growing up? Often the final message sounded nothing like the original message. That’s because every person has their own way of hearing and sharing information.

It is normal to feel anxious, fearful and worried from time to time.

Yoga is a major confidence-builder because it works to strengthen the body and mind at the same time. The practice includes body postures and breathing techniques, along with ancient meditation approaches, and combined, these can help a person feel calm, centered, and able to handle any situation that crops up in their life.

One of the most powerful ways people can lift themselves out of the darkness of depression is to change their thinking patterns.

Thinking positively means you are re-training your brain to think and feel good. Every time you have a negative thought, stop, recognize it as negative, and immediately flip the switch and create the positive opposite thought in its place.

It is the time when clinicians and their communities come together to spread awareness and combat mental illness. By working together, we can all promote the importance of mental health screenings while reducing the stigma associated with mental health illnesses.

Recovery from depression is a complex process but you don’t need to go it alone. By surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones, you can continue to feel genuine connections, and each one of those connections is a light that can pierce through the darkness.

Is moving fun? Nope. But if you give yourself plenty of time, stay organized, ask for help and accept the fact that things happen, your move will go much more smoothly. If you have a big move coming up, here are some tips to help you reduce the stress:

Teachers tend to be the kind of people who always put their students’ – and other people’s – needs first. But now is the time to put your needs first, so you have the energy and mental clarity to give to your students throughout the rest of the year.

The emotions you experience during an episode of depression are created by negative thoughts and perceptions. If you eliminate distorted, negative thoughts, you will find it easier to cope with the negative event that triggered your depression.