8 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Negative Thoughts

PsyBlog

It’s one of the irritations of having a mind that sometimes bad thoughts get stuck going around in it. It could be a mistake at work, money worries or perhaps a nameless fear. Whatever the anxiety, fear or worry, it can prove very difficult to control.

The most intuitive method for dealing with it is using thought suppression: we try to push it out of our minds.

Unfortunately, as many studies have shown, thought suppressiondoesn’t work. Ironically, trying to push thoughts out of mind only makes them come back stronger. It’s a very frustrating finding, but one that’s been replicated experimentally again and again.

8 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Negative Thoughts — PsyBlog.

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Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For

By HUFFPOST LIVING CANADA

According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months.If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.

While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.

Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we’re dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to“calm down” or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.

Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For.

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 Symptoms | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

 Stress and anxiety: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

 

Tips on how to survive a midlife crisis …

| Life | Life & Style | Daily Express

Midlife is a time of transition for women: our children no longer rely on us and will soon leave home, leaving us to wonder “who am I now?”; we may face separation or divorce; our parents are ageing and we have health scares.

We can face all these challenges with heavy hearts and resentment, or we can embrace this new phase in our lives with enthusiasm.

One miserable day after the end of my 21-year marriage, years of tears and grief came flooding out of me. Then a text came in from a girlfriend with the words: “All I can say is it gets better. Go gently, be kind to yourself, and best knickers always.

Tips on how to survive a midlife crisis | Life | Life & Style | Daily Express.

Ways to help working caregivers balance responsibilities ….

Based on The Globe and Mail report

We see that many middle-aged workers who juggle the demands of their jobs with the care of an elderly loved one are choosing retirement over the emotional stress of being torn between their professional and private lives. But, with the economy facing labour-market shortages and as an aging population straining the social security system,what could be done?

“There are currently 6.1 million employed Canadians who are providing to a family member or friend,” Ms. Alice Wong, the Minister of State for Seniors said a news release. The federal Conservative government is searching for ways to keep Canadians working for as long as they want to be employed. “Our government will work with employers through the Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan to help identify cost-effective workplace solutions to support employed caregivers, helping them to achieve a better balance of work and caring responsibilities.”To that end, the Minister of State for Seniors, will announce a Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan that aims to find ways to accommodate workers who are caregivers during their off hours.

Ottawa to seek ways to help working caregivers balance responsibilities – The Globe and Mail.

related: Caring for my sick husband, I am going through untold suffering

Depressed? Then improve how you cope with stress ….

The Globe and Mail

We’ve all had the “blues” at some point or another, but real depression is complex. Not all symptoms of depression can be explained by a person’s genetics; some clinical depression stems from a person’s life choices. Psychosocial risk factors also can play a role. Depression negatively effects neural circuits that control mood, thinking, sleep, appetite and behaviour to the point that important neurotransmitters are put out of balance. .

Depressed? Then improve how you cope with stress – The Globe and Mail.

How Mindfulness Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain

| IdeaFeed | Big Think

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While many studies have focused on how mindfulness meditation affects newcomers to the practice, a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh examined the brains of long-time meditators specifically when they were not meditating. “MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s ‘fight or flight’ center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.”

How Mindfulness Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain | IdeaFeed | Big Think.

How rising housing prices are breeding a new form of inequality

The Globe and Mail

Treating the $990,000 asking price as a mere suggestion, the buyers would eventually pay $1.3-million for the house – a 53-per-cent premium over what it sold for just three years ago.

This is part of the new reality in frothy markets, such as Toronto and Vancouver, where an average home will set you back more than $1-million.

The Bank of Canada fretted last week, in its semi-annual review of the health of the financial system, about all the various risks that could cause the country’s housing market to unravel. Among them: rising long-term interest rates, a sharp rise in unemployment, a condo price crash in Toronto, and a Chinesebanking crisis.

How rising housing prices are breeding a new form of inequality – The Globe and Mail.

Private corporations helping widen inequality gulf: study

The Globe and Mail

Income inequality in Canada is more pronounced than previously believed, a new report reveals, because many of the country’s wealthiest people are funnelling their income through private companies that are not included in standard measures of individual earnings.

A study by three leading academics says Canada’s top 1 per cent ofincome earners took home an average of $500,200 in 2011 – including income from private corporations they control directly or indirectly through holding companies. That is 39 per cent more than the $359,000 figure calculated when traditional individual income tax data are used.

Private corporations helping widen inequality gulf: study – The Globe and Mail.

Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction and depression

The Globe and Mail

Music therapy became a clinical profession in the 1940s, after doctors and nurses noticed that war veterans suffering emotional and physical trauma responded well to musicians who gave volunteer performances in hospitals. Nevertheless, the profession spent decades on the fringes of medical science, until the early 1990s when advances in neuro-imaging technologies confirmed that musical activities had profound effects on the brain.

Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression – The Globe and Mail.