Monthly Archives: March 2016

Panic Away

Panic attacks are an extreme form of anxiety that is accompanied by strong emotional and physiological responses. It can leave the person feeling vulnerable, alone and unsafe. It adversely affects the person’s life because they feel incapable of doing daily activities, as they fear getting these attacks in public. In this video, find out how anxiety can seize a person...[ read more ]

Are there any benefits of worrying?

New research has shown that anxiety and persistent worries (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) can actually be a protective factor because one is protecting oneself against huge negative swings in emotions when something goes wrong. However more research needs to support this evidence. Read: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/managing-worry-in-generalized-anxiety-disorder-201602179172

What is emotional hygiene?

Guy Winch a psychologist talks about the importance of teaching emotional hygiene to children, just like parents teach their children dental hygiene. The questions he asks is why we take more care of our teeth then our mind, why the physiological trumps the psychological and what we can do about this- take care of our minds with the same diligence...[ read more ]

Anxiety can impact your walking

People experiencing anxiety and inhibition have more activity in the right side of the brain, causing them to walk in a leftward trajectory. New research has linked the activation of the brain's two hemispheres with lateral shifts in people's walking trajectories. Read: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160119141749.htm

Social anxiety and negative automatic thoughts

Experiencing the occasional nerves, feeling self-conscious in social situations such as when talking in front of the class, meeting new people is normal. However, it becomes a cause of concern if one avoids social situations because they worry they will embarrass themselves. People who experience social anxiety develop negative automatic thoughts that maintain their anxiety for example, "People will think...[ read more ]

How can I manage my team’s anxiety?

Managing a team also involves managing the anxieties of the members of the team. The article below gives some practical tips to managers on how they can effectively manage their teams stress, anxiety and burnout because happier team members mean better engagement and better outcome for the organisation. Read: https://hbr.org/2016/01/help-your-team-manage-stress-anxiety-and-burnout

When I got caught crying in the bathroom

"If you struggle with a mental illness at the workplace, you are not crazy, and you should never be made to feel like you are. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and you shouldn’t doubt whether you are worthy of the job." This article is a personal story of an employee who managed her anxiety disorder at work by trusting...[ read more ]

Why separation anxiety happens?

Anxiety manifests in various forms and one-way children experience it is when they separate from their primary caregiver which is usually the mother. This is a normal phenomenon in a child’s development and is usually experienced at 8 months when the child becomes aware that they are a separate entity from their mother and that they are dependent on their...[ read more ]