Is It More Than Stress? 10 Signs to Watch For

Everyone experiences stress in their life. But have you wondered if your feelings of anxiety or sadness are more than just stress? Knowing the signs can be helpful to getting the help you need. In this post, you’ll find a checklist therapists use to assess if you are more than just stressed.

Sign #1:  Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is important for our bodies and minds to recharge and operate at peak performance.  The optimal amount of sleep for an adult 18-64 years old is 7 to 9 hours each night. If you don’t get enough sleep, you operate at a less efficient level and incur a “sleep debt.” This type of debt, however, is not that easily paid off. Your body does not recover from say, six hours of sleep, with an extra six hours […]

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7 Powerful Ways to Manage Anxiety

Anxiety affects nearly twenty percent of the U.S. population. Yet, as common as it is, anxiety also highly treatable. In fact, there are many simple ways for you to feel more relaxed, starting now. Try these tried-and-true methods for a calmer life:

1. Get Up, Stand Up

Research shows that sitting can increase anxiety. Sedentary activities such as watching television, using a computer, and playing electronic games can make you particularly vulnerable. The more you sit, the more likely you are to feel anxious.

Disturbed sleep patterns, social withdrawal, and poor metabolic health that result from sedentary behavior may seriously impact anxiety. Researchers suspect that the rise in sedentary behavior may be in part to blame for the high rates of anxiety in our society .

Reducing the time you spend sitting can help […]

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Could Your Child Have Anxiety? Watch For These Key Signs

6 Childhood Anxiety alerts to help you identify what’s worrying your child.

Why is it so difficult to calm your child’s inner alarm? What will soothe her sense of impending doom?

You can see that your child is sad, afraid. Whatever is happening is more than moodiness and deeper than typical childhood fear. Words like “fidgety,” “tense,” “high strung,” or “timid” are fast becoming markers of your son or daughter’s childhood.

You realize that something serious is going on.

Is This a Case of Childhood Anxiety?

Childhood anxiety has an appropriate place in the lives of children, just as it does for adults. When there is real danger, your child’s body needs to activate important inner resources. Her internal alarm communicates to the rest of the body that a reaction is needed. A flood of anxiety, at the appropriate time, […]

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Are You Raising Kind Kids?

This week LaunchPad Counseling  was quoted on cafemom.com  in an article called 5 Ways to Raise Kind Kids.  The reporter contacted me a few days before the blog article came out, and asked for suggestions for parents. I gave her a list of about five things, of which she used two in her article. So, I thought I would share all five suggestions for raising kind kids here.

Kindness is often talked about as something that is going extinct, something rare. Not often do parents mention it as a top priority in their childrearing. Being respectful, smart, of good morals… those are more common. Most parents want their children to “become someone” and be happy. Of course, all these goals are important. But the fact that people are interested in raising kind children motivates […]

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Telling Children About Divorce (Part 1)

Telling children about divorce may be the hardest conversation you’ve ever had, in a long series of really hard conversations. Once you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to divorce, you’re faced with telling the other people who will be most affected – your kids.

Telling your children about the divorce

Following are the first 5 of 10 suggestions for getting through this difficult conversation as gently as possible.

Tell them together

In this scary time, your kids need to see their parents as a united team, working together to get through the rough times. If you can’t contemplate sitting down together with the kids for a civil discussion, bring in a third party – a family therapist is a good choice – to guide the conversation and ensure that […]

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Telling Children About Divorce (Part 2)

In Getting Divorced? How to Tell Children About Divorce Part I, I listed the first five suggestions for telling children about divorce. In Part II, I will share with you another five suggestions that will help your children process the upcoming changes in the most healthy way possible.

Telling Children About Divorce

Following are some more suggestions for getting through this difficult conversation as gently as possible:

Listen

Your children will have a lot of feelings about your announcement, and expressing those feelings will help them cope. Listen to what they have to say and try to understand what concerns lie behind the words. It may not be easy to hear, but this is valuable information for you as you move your family in a new direction.

Provide a sense of control

Your children have to come to terms […]

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Helping Your Child Battle Anxiety

Childhood anxiety is a common challenge that parents confront. Every one of us suffers from anxiety at some point; it’s a natural reaction to frightening or stressful situations. Anxiety becomes a problem, for adults and children, when it is irrational, excessive, and persistent. The sad reality is that at least one in eight children suffer from problem anxiety, and girls are more likely than boys to be affected.

Children with anxiety tend to be clingy, shy, complain of stomachaches, and have trouble sleeping in their own beds. Because of their difficulty in managing emotions, they can be impulsive, and lack social skills.

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem for children, although it is often undiagnosed. That’s unfortunate, since there are many effective treatments and, if untreated, anxiety can stifle a child’s social […]

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