So long Summer! See You Next Year:
When summer begins the air is full of excitement and possibility. Vacations, cookouts, swimming, and fun in the sun are right around the corner. 
As summer draws to a close it's easy to feel depressed or overwhelmed. May be your summer was amazing and you're sad to see it go. Maybe you didn't accomplish a fraction of what you had hoped. Maybe you sat and watched everyone else go on vacations and you were stuck picking up their slack at work.
If these disappointments and anxieties go unchecked, they can morph into much larger behavioral health issues. Finding healthy coping mechanisms and a positive outlook is essential for every moment of the year. 
Don't put off finding the help you need. No stress is too small. Call 888-828-7826 today. We can assess your situation and place you with the care you need.
Anxiety: The New Normal

The New York Times recently published a piece on the increasing role of anxiety in shaping our culture.
" "If you're a human being living in 2017 and you're not anxious, there's something wrong with you." states Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder.

But what is anxiety?

  • "At its core, Anxiety is simply the body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. Worrying about a job interview or stressing out over a test is healthy, normal anxiety - this kind of anxiety encourages us to properly prepare for situations we're uneasy about, and helps us stay alert and aware. 
However, for those suffering from an Anxiety Disorder, anxiety feels far from normal. It can be completely debilitating. 
  • Anxiety disorders keep people from sleeping, concentrating, talking to others, or even leaving their home. 
  • Anxiety that may need treatment is often irrational, overwhelming, and disproportionate to the situation. It makes sufferers feel as though they have no control of their feelings, and it can involve serious physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, or trembling. 

When normal anxiety becomes irrational and begins to recur and interfere with daily life, it's classified as a disorder."(source)

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect around 40 million adults in the United States.

Don't suffer in silence! Call 888-828-7826 today.
Ten Free Ways to Destress You Can (Probably) Do Today:

1.Take a Walk for at least 10 minutes. Focus on breathing deeply.

2. Take a Hot Bath,
 for added relaxation add in milk, oatmeal, or coconut oil. No need for fancy products!
3. Write! Journal your thoughts, make up a story, write haikus for all your friends, even if you never show them.
4. Clean! The satisfaction of a job well done and the joy of a comfortable space are worth the work. Channel negative energy into being productive.
5. Listen to music
6. Chew Gum! One study showed it can boost your mood.
7. Laugh. Watch a viral video, check out your favorite meme page, nothing boosts mood like laughter.
8. Check out calm.com for some free meditation exercises
9. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Actively dwelling on the good things in life boosts mood and helps combat stressors.
10.   Unplug. Take intentional time away from your phone, computer, and TV. Allow your brain a break from the stimulous of screens and the pressures of social media. Be present.

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