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  • How to Sit With Uncomfortable Feelings and Why We Need to

    January 10, 2022 by

    When we experience emotions that are uncomfortable it’s common to push those feelings away. We distort them, deny them to ourselves, and push them down inside. We use all sorts of coping strategies to help us to do this.

    It seems like our feelings just aren’t acceptable to us unless they are ‘good’ feelings, like happiness, satisfaction, or hopefulness.

    However, no feeling is actually good or bad. We tend to judge our feelings and label them either positively or negatively, depending on our past experiences. And when we judge our feelings, we are judging ourselves for feeling that way. This creates an inner turmoil that can lead to mental distress, such as depression…

  • Coping Strategies for Panic Attacks

    January 14, 2022 by

    Originally posted on Ryan Grey Counselling:
    Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how crippling and debilitating they can be. Panic attacks can come on suddenly and for no apparent reason at all. They can be extremely scary and overwhelming. Symptoms of panic attacks include: a racing heartbeat feeling faint sweating nausea chest pain…

  • Self-Care isn’t Selfish

    August 25, 2021 by

    The term self-care is thrown around a lot, often without people really knowing what it is. It can be hard to know what to do for self-care, or if you are doing enough or even doing the right things.

    Self-care is anything you do for yourself that is good for your health and well-being. It is an act of love for yourself and the greatest gift you can give to yourself, and to the others around you…

  • Understanding Toxic Shame

    March 30, 2021 by

    What is the difference between healthy shame and toxic shame?   Imagine you are at a party and you accidentally spill a drink on your host’s nice white carpet. If you have a healthy sense of shame, you feel bad about it, you sincerely apologize and maybe offer to clean it up. Once it’s put right,… Read more

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