Loneliness is one of today’s major public health crises, affecting 30% of us, and can lead to mental health issues as well as addiction. The link between loneliness and addiction suggests that the use of substances can disguise feelings of loneliness by providing a brief absolution from the mental and emotional distress that loneliness brings. Also, loneliness and substance misuse can mutually influence one another.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

The National Institute of Mental Health states that “OCD is a common, chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over in response to the obsession.”

Finding Hope In These Chaotic Times

During this fearful time and not knowing what to expect, I found these words comforting and inspirational. I don’t have the correct citation for who wrote this but will use quotes where appropriate.

When is it time to leave your therapist?

What happens when the client feels it is time to leave your therapist, but the therapist is making it difficult to end things?

Forgive Yourself

To forgive someone else seems much easier than forgiving yourself. You can accept their apology, or not and move forward. When you are the person to forgive, how do you move forward?

What does it mean to have self love and why is it so important?

To have self love means taking care of your own needs and not discounting your welfare to please others.

3 Ways to Combat Insomnia

People with insomnia tend to have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, or they wake up too early in the morning.

Back To College

For many parents, saying goodbye to a son or daughter headed off to college can be one of life’s heart-wrenching moments, especially a child who’s been a primary focus in your life.

Adrenal Fatigue

I never had back issues until 2007. I was sitting at my desk paying bills and suddenly my back froze-up. I dropped to my knees, slowly fell to the floor and couldn’t get up.

What does Independence mean to You?

I believe that being independent means being able to take care of yourself, your own needs and making your own decisions while considering the people around you and your environment.

Summer solstice hits June 21 – Lessons we can learn

When summer solstice hits June 21st, the sun is at its height. The warmth and light help us to nourish and grow the plants in our garden.

Happy Mother’s Day! Heal Your Mother Daughter Relationship

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday May 12th, as this day approaches have you thought of how you will honor your mom?

New Beginnings

The buds on the trees were pink and abundant, indicating soon the trees will be filled with flowers. Themes of spring are rebirth, renewal and the promise that everything can begin again. Letting go and embracing something new.

5 Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

The pressure to achieve this target can be difficult and enormous, even to the point to cause anxiety. So, why not look at your goal to help with the symptoms of anxiety?

Heart Chakra, Anahata, Improve Your Emotional Life

Many associate the month of February with love and romance, probably due to Valentine’s Day, and for women’s heart health.

Anxiety and Shame: Breaking the Stigma

Many people who suffer from anxiety do so silently. Shame can be the main cause of this pain.

Year in Review and Grateful For You

Self-reflection is important if you want to live your best life. Even though you should review your life throughout the year, it’s important to set some time aside to evaluate the whole year and reflect on it.

What Does Autumn Teach Us?

Summer season is drawing to a close, as fall is just around the corner to greet us on September 22nd. With the season approaching, you can count on deciduous trees coming aflame bursting with orange, red and bright yellow.

Anxiety and Acupuncture: How to Balance your Chi

Using acupuncture for anxiety is a common and effective treatment that helps to calm nerves and promote a sense of peace, balance, and restoration.

Millennials and Depression: Four Signs for Parents to Watch out for.

As a parent of a millennial, I have been concerned about my son’s future and how it affects his mental well-being.

Melissa Woods Tips and Advice Blog

Getting Past Travel Anxiety

Getting Past Travel Anxiety

“Aerophobia: the fear of flying” is estimated to affect 6.5 percent of the population according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Travel delays, plane crashes and the threat of terrorism after 911 can make the fear of flying worse for individuals.

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Anxiety and Public Speaking

Anxiety and Public Speaking

I was awakened this morning with a pit in my stomach going over the dream I had that night.I was at a local bookstore getting ready to give a speech when I suddenly forgot what I was going to say!

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