One definition of stress is, “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation” (Merriam-Webster). Stress can be good (planning a wedding) or bad (losing a loved one), but stress of any kind is hard on the mind, body and spirit.
I could write at length about what I have experienced in my various relationships over the years. Instead, I am going to try to extract from my past and current relationships the most important things I have learned.
Relationships can be highly rewarding or extremely difficult. Sometimes, they are both of these things at the same time. There is no question human beings long to connect with others, be loved and feel a sense of belonging in the world. However, life does not come with a relationship manual. Much of what we learn […]
Years ago I was having dinner with a friend. The time of year was spring. I asked her how she was doing and she replied, “I have been feeling depressed”. She shared that over the last couple years she noticed that in the spring she starts to feel down. My friend does not have Bipolar […]
By the year 2020, the World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the second leading cause of reduced life expectancy due to suicide and to other related medical conditions, like heart disease (Preston, 2011). Depression can occur any time of year, including the spring. As the air turns warmer and flowers bloom, people may […]
Published in the Southwest Orlando Bulletin 5/2011 Many people experience anxiety in social situations. Social anxiety occurs equally in men and women. A healthy level of anxiety is normal and is necessary to keep us all motivated and working to achieve our goals. People with social phobia are scared they may embarrass or humiliate themselves […]