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Supporting Others: Are You Being Helpful or Dismissive?

December 12, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Seeing a loved one suffering from stress, anxiety, grief or depression can be heartbreaking. It can be difficult to know what to do or how to react. You may wish to fix the situation or take on some of the burden to improve your friend or family member’s mood.

It is very common to compare their situation with one that is worse off as a way to provide perspective.

“I know you are mad at your mom for ruining your sweater. At least she didn’t ruin your graduation dress.”   More →

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Giving Thanks: Six Easy Ways to Live a Healthier Life

November 27, 2013 · Leave a Comment

giving thanksBoth intuition and research have shown that feeling grateful makes people feel good, physically and emotionally. Gratitude, as defined by psychologist Robert Emmons  studying this positive emotion, is a two part emotion. First, gratitude is when we affirm that there are good things in the world. Secondly, gratitude is when we recognize and acknowledge that goodness is brought into our lives by other people or a higher power. More →

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Mindful Eating

October 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment

FoodIt is the end of a stressful week, and you reward yourself for a job well done by eating your favorite dessert.  You are unaware of the delicious food disappearing as you continue to browse the net or watch TV.  Suddenly, you look down.  Where did that dessert go? Disappointment and dissatisfaction set in. “That one just vanished! I need to have another one.” Then you hear your inner voice, “What are you thinking? One treat is enough! You know you’re trying to lose weight by eating better.”  Thus begins the struggle over the simple and pleasurable act of eating.  Eating food should not be a source of unhappiness but a source of pleasure.  This can be achieved by mindful eating – focusing on the when, why, and how we are eating.  More →

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Five Ways to Reduce Anticipation Stress

December 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

imageWaiting for a college acceptance letter, an interview call back, preparing to propose to your partner, or a bid on a house, the anticipation of the outcome can be more stressful than the result itself. People have a wide range of physical and emotional experiences while they’re anticipating an event. You may find yourself unable to sleep or experiencing stomach problems. Your mind might be racing and you may find comfort in eating junk food. Your whole body might feel tense, your hands cold and clammy or just feeling terrified in general, all while you sit and wait. More →

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7 Ways to Minimize Holiday Conflict

November 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

holiday-stressHolidays can be a stressful time for many. These visits may not always look like the Hallmark cards or the commercials that plague the TV for weeks prior to the holidays. Everyone may not necessarily be happy, joyful and on their best behavior. South Asians may be worried about being lectured on their major or they may feel pressure to get married or have a child. More →

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The Importance of Self-Care for Caretakers: A Story of Devoted Husband

October 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

image“The whole car smells like Chinese food!” Kunal exclaimed as he and his brother drove home. “I am starving!” Ashish simply smiled as he drove in the dark. His mind was on Preetika, wondering what condition she’d be in when they got home and if she was able to withstand waiting the 15 minute drive to pick up their dinner. More →

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Take Better Care of Yourself So You Can Better Care For Others

October 12, 2011 · Leave a Comment

South Asian culture is a collectivistic culture, meaning that individual needs and wants are pushed aside for the benefit of the whole group. Generally, people who are raised in a collectivistic culture are taught that it is best to sacrifice oneself if that means the group as a whole will be happier. Overall, it is emphasized that others are often more important than yourself. More →

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How to Reduce School Anxiety

September 2, 2011 · 3 Comments

school anxietyFor some children and teens, going back to school can be a highly anxiety provoking experience. They may count down the days as the first day of school approaches, losing sleep with each night, worrying about how it will go and dreading the day they have to walk into a new classroom or lecture hall.

Sometimes this anxiety stems from years of being behind if they have special needs, learning disabilities or academic challenges. Other children might have experienced bullying or other difficult social situations that they dread going through again. More →

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South Asian Emotion: 7 Tips to Increase Happiness

July 25, 2011 · 1 Comment

Akshay is one of those typical South Asian young professionals who spends most of his days at work. In the evenings, sometimes he will meet with friends, go out with his partner, or work until very late at night. He has several friends nearby, he takes trips when he can take time off. At a young age, he is able to buy a condominium and nice car. He sees his family once in a while, as they live a few hours away. He has a good relationship with his older sister and her husband. He loves his girlfriend and is looking forward to marrying her in the near future. More →

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Improve Your Mental Health: Everyday Objects Exercise

April 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

MindfulnessLiving with stress, depression, PTSD, an unhealthy relationship, etc can severely limit your life. When we are not feeling happy or healthy, we forget to take care of ourselves and tend to isolate ourselves, choose unhealthy foods to eat or rely on substances such as alcohol or other drugs to mask the emotions that we feel. Another effect of experiencing emotional health issues is that we tend become consumed by our emotions, focusing on our negative thoughts or our body reactions to situations and we stop noticing things around us. More →

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