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Lose This Mental Habit, Gain Peace of Mind

  As an anxious kid, I picked up the habit of pre-emptive worrying. Much in the same way happy-go-lucky kids absent-mindedly pick a dandelion, blow and make a wish while walking home from school. Wait…kids nowadays don’t actually walk home from school, do they? Helicopter parenting and visual appeal aside, when I blew on the […]

The Headshrinker’s Guide to Writing for HuffPost and Psychology Today

  “Do not let us despise the word. After all it is a powerful instrument; it is the means by which we convey our feelings to one another, our method of influencing other people. Words can do unspeakable good and cause terrible wounds.”—Sigmund Freud A privilege and perk of being a psychotherapist is promoting the […]

Attack Anxiety: 6 Steps to Deactivate Your Body’s Alarm System

Whether you’re an occasional worrier or you suffer full-blown panic attacks, executing a solid action plan means finding your calm place quicker. Here’s the catch, you have to intentionally practice self-regulation strategies daily. Too often we neglect our calm plan and then scramble to problem solve when we’re hijacked by worries. No matter if you […]

3 Simple Reasons for Why You’re Still Anxious

Nobody is born calm. And life gets messy from that first breath on. If you’re fortunate enough to be raised by stable, loving parents, you may grow up with heightened expectations about how life should be, which could cause you to fall short in the thick skin category. And if your parents were Fly-Off-the-Handle Harry […]

3 Easy Breathing Exercises to Calm an Anxious Mind

A secret to feeling relaxed also happens to be one of the simplest techniques for improving mental health. In fact, you’re doing it right now. But are you doing it right? Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must-have for optimal physical health and emotional well-being. Why is deep-breathing so […]

3 Tips For The Best Sleep Ever — Plus, Free Relaxation Mp3

Many of us are stressed about the current social and political climates. Last year is in the books, and it’s a new era. It’s also the time of year when resolve diminishes. After a flurry of activity, our stress levels rise and our energy diminishes. As a result, sleep deprivation contributes to increased anxiety. Racing […]

Setting Goals: Less Stress, More Joy

Nothing like the New Year and a clean slate to refresh, rejuvenate and recharge. Talk about unleashing a new you. But there’s a catch—becoming a different person, or a better version of you doesn’t come by wishing. Like the euphoria that comes with having a baby or getting a puppy for Christmas, it’s easy to […]

Wired for Happy’s Most Popular Posts

A special note of gratitude to all of you who continue to make Wired for Happy an inspirational and insightful place to share mental health tips. We still have a long way to go toward ending the stigma of mental illness, but I assure you each time you practice healthy mental health habits, you’re doing […]

52 Important Mental Health Questions To Ask Yourself As 2016 Draws To A Close

1. What were the best experiences you had this year? 2. When were you the most happy? 3. What people, situations or events caused you to feel sad or depressed? 4. What were the most important things you made happen this year? 5. Did any activities lead to new relationships, partnerships or opportunities? 6. What […]

The Worst Kind of Anxiety (and what to do about it)

Imagine you’re going about your day, a bit frazzled—because let’s face it, you’ve always been anxiety sensitive—when you suddenly fear that you’ll contaminate your family with an incurable disease if you touch them. Or you’re driving to work and out of the blue you have a panic attack on the freeway. You hastily pull to […]

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