Despite our dreams many of us fail to achieve our life ambitions. Many of my clients talk about starting a business, becoming financially independent, writing a novel, traveling, furthering their education, getting physically fit, or becoming a nurse, teacher, or lawyer. Most of the time their objectives go unfulfilled.
We know that stress can affect your health, particularly, your mental health. But, did you know that the stress you feel as someone who identifies from a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or sex development can produce the same kind of stress? It can!
Everyone has felt nervous, anxious, on edge, frightened, or worried at some point in time, and none of us enjoy feeling like this. As unpleasant as these feelings might be, most of us can cope effectively with the feelings and the situations that evoke them—at least most of the time. However, for some people these feelings can be so intense and intrusive that they interfere with their life and happiness.
For returning OEF/OIF combat veterans, a diagnosis of PTSD can contribute to a wide range of emotional reactions, ranging from relief to shame. Educating the individual on their PTSD diagnosis is the beginning of an often long journey to recovery. However, it may also be the most essential.
People may experience sleep difficulties due to many factors including inconsistent bedtimes and wake-times, poor sleep hygiene (not creating an environment conducive to sleep) or overall mental well-being.
I recommend exercise as a great natural way to combat depression and/or anxiety. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the mental (as well as the physical) value of exercise. When I ask my patients how their exercise programs are going, all too often they tell me they have not gone to the gym at all or not as often as recommended. When I question why that is, I almost always hear, “Because I didn’t feel like it.”
The visible and hidden aspects of the moon serve as a great metaphor for understanding our personalities. We all have both good, positive qualities as well as bad, negative qualities.