Anxiety

11 Natural Ways to Quickly Stop an Anxiety Attack

Do you ever feel a sudden surge of fear? Perhaps you feel anxious about an upcoming major exam, or maybe you’re walking alone on a dark street and are apprehensive of what would happen if a stranger sprang from the bushes. Or you simply feel overwhelmed by a laundry list of tasks to complete. Regardless of the circumstance, many people experience what’s commonly known as an “anxiety attack.” Fortunately, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious when things are uncertain and…

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When You Feel Like You’ve Achieved Nothing in Life

Do you feel like you haven’t achieved anything in life? You think back, you look around, you compare, and you feel like what you’ve done isn’t good enough. You may even look at the life you’re currently living and feel miserable, because you feel you should be doing something else, something greater. Now, I could tell you to stop comparing, because it doesn’t help you. But you know that. So instead of telling you what you already know, let’s dive…

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A Guide to Dealing with the Dark Side of Personal Growth

If you meditate, or do any kind of effective personal growth work, you may eventually run into some sticky territory. Namely, you’ll have to face the darkness within you. Personal development is not just about positivity and utopia. Eventually, if you’re doing the work, you will have to embrace the things you’ve been avoiding. It is only by traveling through this “darkness” that you find peace and equanimity. I’ve written about going through depression and my own dark night of the…

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4 Ways to Relieve Anxiety Before Going to Bed — Purpose Fairy

Image source. Anxiety and stress are horrible for your sleep. Ever done a quick email check before turning off the light–only to see an urgent email from your boss about that project that’s due the next afternoon? Then you know what I’m talking about. Just knowing the fact that something must be done the next day, can already make you feel anxious. And in turn make you sleep less (deep). The irony? Worrying makes you lose sleep, which makes you…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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Tiny Social Anxiety Hacks To Make Your Daily Life Easier and Less Stressful

If you suffer from social anxiety (or you’re just a very shy person), you’ve likely developed little ways to make your day a tad easier and less stressful, whether it’s at school, work, home, or just out walking in public. We all get socially overwhelmed sometimes, and in those situations it can be helpful to have “tiny hacks” to help you get by without causing a scene or going into full-on panic mode. Here’s a comprehensive list of these tiny…

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3 Deceptively Simple Ways to Overcome Your Fears

What are you scared of? Oh, don’t shake your head and say, “Nothing!” We are all scared of something – it could be fear of something real like mice and cockroaches or fear of the possibility of something going wrong – like feeling humiliated while addressing a crowd.  In this article, you will be taken through a three step process of understanding why you are scared of something, what to do about it and finally how to overcome it. 1. It’s…

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The Introvert’s Guide To Public Speaking

So, there’s this project at work you’ve been working really hard on. Your boss loves the idea and everything is going great until s/he tells you to present the idea to the whole team tomorrow. You’ve created the slides and proofread them twice, but every time you think of the presentation, your head feels light and you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. What are you afraid of? That you’re a quiet, reserved person and not…

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My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles From 2018

As we approach the upcoming new year, it’s always a great time to take a step back and reflect on what we’ve learned and experienced over the past twelve months. First, let me ask you an important question: “Are you better or worse than you were exactly one year ago today? Or about the same?” I sincerely hope it was a good and productive year for you; but even if it wasn’t, keep in mind this is just one chapter…

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A Psychologist Reveals How Your Mind Tricks You Every Day

I was once asked if I liked what I wrote. I said I have different phases, I like my writing in some phases and don’t like my writing in some phases. Huh? Let me explain. I’m working on this children’s book, a series of short stories for children. In the beginning, as I was writing the first few stories, I was mentally rehearsing my Booker Award Speech, and I was all like, “Wow, this is going to be SO great!”…

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5 Insanely Helpful Tips to Start Working Out

“I don’t have enough time” “I am too tired” “I will start from tomorrow, definitely!” “Ok, from Monday for sure!” If these are some of the excuses you have for not working out, you are not alone! As human beings, we are hard-wired to do only which is absolutely needed — wired to minimize time and energy wherever possible. Let’s first try and understand why we are spending so much time on this topic. Believe it or not, Science has actually…

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In 2019, I Am Not Letting My Anxiety Win

I don’t want to be the quiet girl anymore. The shy girl. The boring girl. I don’t want to get overlooked while writing party invitations and setting concert plans because everyone assumes I am going to choose to stay home instead. In 2019, I am going to break from my comfort zone. I am going to say yes to adventure, even though my anxiety is going to try to talk me out of trying new things. I am going to…

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