What is your ikigai?

What is your life’s purpose? The answer to this question refers to a Japanese psychological concept, ikigai. Ikigai refers to what makes life meaningful. Having ikigai is associated with longevity and wellness (Sutton, 2021), reduced cardiovascular mortality (Hiroyasu et al., 2022), and longevity (Koichiro, 2022). Mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are less…

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Flying Phobia Treatment

Do you fear flying on airplanes? Does avoiding flying cause significant problems in your life? Do you experience panic attacks when flying? Do you worry about catastrophic events when you are in the air? A flying phobia is experiencing intense fear or anxiety about flying, typically on an airplane. Even thinking about boarding a plane…

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Animal Type Phobia Treatment

Do you have a fear of dogs, bugs, snakes, rats, spiders, or worms? An animal type phobia refers to extreme anxiety triggered by creatures, such as dogs, insects, mice, and snakes. The emotional reaction is unrealistic or excessive but causes intense anxiety. You may feel heart palpitations, increased sweating, muscle tension, confusion, dizziness, and shakiness.…

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How to Overcome Negative Thoughts and Feelings

A negative thought refers to a thought that makes you upset. Thoughts can trigger feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness, frustration, guilt, embarrassment, irritation, jealousy, or fear. These feelings then may make you behave in unhelpful ways, such as avoidance, procrastination, or outbursts. This chain of thoughts triggering emotions triggering behaviors originates from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…

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Why Self-Compassion is the Answer for Psychological Suffering

Self-compassion means being loving and accepting towards ourselves despite any perceived flaws or failures. This perspective extends to others as well. Self-compassion encompasses acceptance, self-love, mindfulness, and connections with others. Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, addiction, or any other mental health disorder, using self-compassion can foster significant emotional healing. Certainly, other work will be…

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