Don’t Let Depression Hold You Back – Take These Steps to Break Free

Depression makes you feel like the whole world is on your shoulders, dragging you down. It feels like gravity gets the best of you most days. All you want to do is lay down. Sleep. Escape.

Depression makes you feel powerless. But there is hope. You can break free from the grasp of depression. If you feel like the task is too overwhelming, remember this: Every. Little. Step. Counts. You don’t need to go from the worst you ever felt to feeling ecstatic. You are not moving from valley to mountain top. You can, however, take firm steps towards balancing your mood.

These are the steps my clients took to get rid of depression:

Break Free from Depression Step #1:  Recognize the Signs 

Have you lost your enthusiasm for activities that you once enjoyed? Does it seem like you just don’t […]

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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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Genetically Predisposed for Cancer: Now What?

Next Steps, When Find You Are Genetically Predisposed for Cancer

I knew they would ask me all kinds of questions about my family health history during my initial appointment at a new gynecologist. But the news my doctor gave me after going through my forms was completely unexpected. She explained to me that I was at risk of having the BRCA mutation.  “The what mutation?”  I asked, totally confused and concerned about what she would say next. My doctor then explained how my family history of pre-menopausal breast cancer indicated a high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.  This pattern was somehow related to a genetic mutation.  She referred me to a genetic counselor who would help me understand the whole thing better and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Genetic Testing

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