Persistence Tops Perfection – | Hope To Cope With Anxiety & Depression

Coping with depression, a habit of perfectionism, and unhelpful thinking patterns has made my life challenging. Learning to process these through talk therapy helps me every day. Pamela Joe McFarlane/Getty Images Depression & Brain Differences She enters my room biting her lip, eyes darting around the table. She barely meets my gaze as I introduce … Read more

7 Tips to Cope with Thanksgiving Blues

  ‘Tis the season of gratitude, when the calendar marks the holiday of Thanksgiving, and we gather to give thanks. Messages and reminders of practicing gratitude are highlighted as themes on television shows, in news stories, and commercials, and digitally on your social media networks. In schools across the country, chalk talk at this time of … Read more

How to cope with ADHD: What about brown noise?

How to cope with ADHD? Whether it’s for you or your child, therapy and meds may work well. But we can’t ignore complementary interventions. For instance, brown noise. ’If you are drowsy (low arousal) or panicked (high arousal), then your attention and focus will be poor. Arousal has to be just right to maximize performance.’ … Read more

Introverted? How to Make the Most of It – | Hope To Cope With Anxiety & Depression

Even if we’re prone to depression and social anxiety, we can use these tips to make the most of our introversion. Photo: Extroversion vs. Introversion Some people feel energized when interacting with others, and some restore their inner energy with much-needed time alone. The former are extroverts, and the latter are referred to as … Read more

How to cope with diabetes caregiver blues.

Let’s start with the truth: caregiving can be tough! Whether you are responsible for the care of a family member in the home, keeping watch from around the corner, or caregiving from a distance, diabetes caregivers have to accept significant added stresses and challenges as part of everyday life. It’s not surprising that these pressures … Read more

How Cooking Can Help You Cope with Depression – | Hope To Cope With Anxiety & Depression

The kitchen can become a refuge from stress and anxiety when we focus on the benefits of making meals from scratch. For instance: mindfulness, creativity, and health-supporting choices. Maskot/Getty Images Creativity in the Kitchen As the fall days grow crisp, it’s time to turn to the kitchen for an opportunity to stimulate your senses with … Read more

Depression & Learning to Smile Again – | Hope To Cope With Anxiety & Depression

When stress became overwhelming and made it hard to get out of bed, I learned that, with depression, it takes time to heal. And, after a while, smiling no longer feels forced. Westend61/Getty Images Failure, Perfectionism, & Depression Morning after morning as I lay in bed, the thought of getting up and getting dressed buzzed like static in my … Read more

8 Ways to Harness the Power of Gratitude – | Hope To Cope With Anxiety & Depression

Healthy habits and recommendations for positive lifestyle changes can sometimes be overwhelming. One that is worth adopting is an attitude of gratitude. Here’s how to get started. Pexels Gratitude, “Grit,” & Goals Over the past decade, researchers have found that practicing gratitude has a positive influence on one’s mood, outlook, relationships, and overall happiness—all of … Read more