The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

I've been assuming that there is a link between stress, anxiety and depression for years now, recommending that strategies to counter an anxiety disorder be used to fight depression, that approaches to lessen depression can work on anxiety, and that all of these strategies should be tried on plain old stress. This has been based … Continue reading The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and Depression

For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

In case you didn't have enough incentive to bring your stress down already, researchers have just announced that the most anxious and depressed people have the highest risk of heart disease. So, if you want a healthy heart, follow the immortal words of the song: "Don't worry; be happy." Of course, this is always easier … Continue reading For a Healthier Heart, Just Be Happy

What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti

The devastation in Haiti from this week's earthquake is all over the news. Clients, colleagues, family and friends are all talking about the suffering there, wanting to understand and find ways to help. This is normal and can bring out the best in people. But what do you do if you seem to be obsessed … Continue reading What To Do If You Keep Thinking About Haiti

Exercise and the Stressed Brain

I've been recommending exercise to stressed out clients (and depressed clients, for that matter) for years. Those in the know suggest that you get aerobic exercise -- i.e., exercise that raises your heart rate enough that it is a little difficult to talk, like running or dancing -- for half an hour, three times a … Continue reading Exercise and the Stressed Brain