Flourishing Despite Anxiety & Depression

A foggy window with a small heart on it represents that it is hard to love someone with anxiety and depression, and how important it is to stay healthy

Why Loving Someone With Anxiety And Depression Can Make You Depressed (& How To Stay Healthy)

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 1, 2021 |

To watch someone you love suffer is painful – whether the suffering is physical or mental, or a combination. When someone you love has anxiety and depression, you may feel particularly helpless and wonder how to offer support. Especially because their pain is not visible in the way it would be with a physical wound…

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5 Surprising Inspiring Facts About Anxiety and Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 25, 2020 |

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in America? About 40 million Americans have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Depression is also common, affecting about 20 million adults in this country. Despite being so common, anxiety and depression aren’t often talked about. Here are some inspiring and surprising facts about…

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3 Signs It’s Time For You To Seek Psychotherapy For Depression And Anxiety

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 6, 2020 |

How do you know if it’s time for you to seek psychotherapy for depression and anxiety? What are key signs for you that it’s time to get help for depression and anxiety? If you want to be in therapy, go ahead! For any reason! Just think about what you are looking for from therapy, and…

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How To Keep The Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety And Depression From Derailing Your Life

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 1, 2020 |

There is nothing wrong or unnatural about feeling anxious or depressed. If you are a human being, you inevitably experience anxiety and depression.  That is life. Anxiety and depression have physical symptoms associated with them. Knowing how to keep the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression from derailing your life is an important part of well…

Four Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | August 29, 2020 |

How can something as easy as breathing exercises for anxiety and depression be helpful? Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, first, keep in mind the utterly amazing fact that your body automatically knows how to inhale and exhale. Even when you are asleep.  Breathing is one of many cool things your body…

Teflon to Velcro: How To Make Habits Stick

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 31, 2018 |

How many times have you said, or heard others say, they want to develop a habit or get rid of one?  ​Habits such as going to bed earlier, consuming less alcohol, exercising more often, or saving more money each month are examples of habits people tend to deem  worth having.  Habits like driving too fast, eating…

Want happiness? Top 10 Don’ts

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 25, 2015 |

Happiness. Ahhh. The elusive pursuit. “I just want to be happy!” say friends, family, and strangers. Magazine headlines, book titles, websites, FB posts, BLOGS (hello!) – all promise happiness. “Do this!” and you will be happy, the lists say. Advertisers suggest that if you use their product, you too will be happy (and beautiful, and successful, and fill-in-the-blank).…

Comfort Zone

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 18, 2015 |

“All deliberate change first comes from denying the logic that most gives you comfort” What is Mike Dooley, the author of the quote, saying? My take is that he is reminding us that change is hard, and that we tend to take our thoughts as fact, especially when those thoughts have become automatic. It is…

Gratitude as one of nine choices

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 1, 2014 |

Greg Hicks and Rick Foster set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. The began to study happiness in 1995, and they eventually traveled to all 50 states, 7 continents, and over 40 countries, finding and interviewing hundreds of extremely happy people. Their initial research uncovered a system of nine choices that’s…

Got happy?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 7, 2014 |

I was listening to a TED Radio Hour on happiness recently.  The host, Guy Raz, asked his guest, musician Pharrell Williams, to reveal the secret to happiness. Williams was perplexed. Here is what he said:  “I’m not some guy who’s walking around smiling every day.  We all have our ups and downs, lefts and rights, and diagonals.” ​This,…

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