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We often hear the term “depression” thrown around lightly in conversation. We may come home from a stressful day at work and tell our family at dinner that we are depressed. We may have received some bad news about a loved one and tell ourselves that we are depressed. And sure, we may be depressed, but often we are confusing sadness with depression. Sadness is a symptom of depression, and because we associate these together, we often struggle to differentiate between these two common psychological states.
As each state, county, town, employer, small business owner, school district, family, and individual plots a course for the fall, we are inundated with decisions to make. There are big decisions, like whether to move your family out of the city, whether to send your kids back to school, and whether to keep your job. And there are little decisions, like whether to stop to use the bathroom at the highway rest stop or get off the highway to hit a lesser-trafficked gas station. There are decisions we can anticipate and make in advance, like whether or not to hug when we see our friends. And there are unexpected decisions that sneak up on us, like whether or not to step off the trail into the brush when a non-masked hiker comes around the corner.
Somewhat surprisingly, the emotion of anxiety has an enormous variety of antonyms. And which ones best fit all depend on what aspect of anxiety you’re exploring.
If you focus on its uptight facets, “happy-go-lucky,” “carefree,” or “cavalier” could be seen as directly contrasting with it.
If you’re considering its vigilant elements, “apathetic,” “passive,” “disinterested,” “nonchalant,” or unconcerned” would be seen as its most pertinent contraries.
Difficult conversations can lead to flooding. Learn how to set conversational boundaries without stonewalling. During stressful times, it can be challenging to have conversations with friends and family about sensitive topics without getting uncomfortable.
Think about the last time you had a difficult conversation that upset you. Did you want to just leave? Did you feel that you needed to control yourself from saying what you truly felt? Did you choose not to respond? To shut down? Did you want to avoid a fight, but then felt resentful? Did you blow up and say things that you later wished you could take back?
Sarah Schewitz, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Couples Learn, an online couples therapy and marriage counseling service, explained how by focusing on the positive parts of their partner, couples become stronger and more in tune with each other.
Anxiety is a normal response to many life circumstances, and can even be helpful in situations where it motivates us to pay attention, work to meet a deadline, or otherwise step up our efforts in a certain area. In its extreme form, however, anxiety can be debilitating. This might especially be the case if you tend to overestimate the probability of negative events and outcomes.
When our biggest emotions come knocking — anger, sadness, grief, fear — it can be difficult to let them in. It may feel easier to ignore them, reject them, avoid them, or numb them than to face them, welcome them, and address them. But why is that? Why is it so difficult to accept difficult feelings? What happens to us when we come face to face with so much discomfort?
Here's a simple truth: All healthy relationships have healthy boundaries.
You see, boundaries aren't restricting or limiting. They provide the freedom to express your needs and values while also honoring the needs and values of your partner. Setting boundaries is: