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Emotionally shutting down: Ways to prevent it from happening

Emotionally shutting down in difficult or challenging times is a defense mechanism of the nervous system to protect us from further harm. This develops unconsciously when we carry the burden of trauma from childhood. “Emotionally shutting down during difficult moments is not something you – or other people – choose to do consciously,” wrote Therapist Sadaf Siddiqui. Here are a few ways to prevent emotional shutdown.
Published on Jul 09, 2024 06:00 AM IST

How dissociation is often misunderstood: Therapist busts myths

Daydreaming or lack of attention: Dissociation is often misunderstood as a person’s lack of attention. However, it is more complicated than that. In dissociation, a person is not able to come back to his/her surroundings and feels out of control.
Published on Jul 05, 2024 06:53 PM IST

Adult loneliness: How is it connected to childhood trauma?

In many homes, it is a popular belief that if a child is provided with the necessities such as food, education and a home, they will turn out fine. However, they forget one of the main ingredients of emotional growth – emotional connection and safety. That’s why when these children grow up to be adults, they feel overwhelmed with a sense of loneliness. “We subconsciously keep repeating what we are most familiar with (mostly it's linked to our upbringing). Only when we become aware of our learned and subconscious patterns and beliefs, we can break free from them and make healthier and better choices for ourselves (present and future self),” wrote Therapist Caroline Middelsdorf. The expert further noted down a few signs of adult loneliness and how they are connected to childhood trauma.
Published on Jul 05, 2024 05:00 PM IST

Nourish the nervous system: Therapist shares 5 tips to beat stress and anxiety

When we experience stress and anxiety, the nervous system goes into the fight or flight mode as a stress response. This can further make the body feel alert. “This is a state of action and chaos, which is vital for your survival. You naturally move in and out of this system often.⁠ But when there are constant stressors, anxiety or past trauma present, this heightened state can impact the function of your nervous system, body and mind,” wrote Therapist Anna Papaioannou. Here are five ways to nourish the nervous system.
Published on Jul 05, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Hold your friends close: Here’s how they are good for your mental health

Friends are the ones we go to when we are distressed. They help us to have fresh perspectives – this can reduce stress levels and increase happiness.
Published on Jul 01, 2024 06:46 PM IST

Sarcasm to hypervigilance; are you aware of these signs of trauma?

Often the behavioural and lifestyle patterns develop based on the trauma that we have been exposed to since an early age. More so than ever, it can be difficult to distinguish the signs of trauma from normal behaviour. Psychologist Caroline Middelsdorf shared a few signs of trauma which may not even look like signs of trauma, but they seep into our behavioural patterns and become a part of our daily life.
Published on Jul 01, 2024 04:42 PM IST

Mental health tips: 5 things to avoid doing in your daily routine

Often, we like believing that when we treat things as urgent, we get more done. However, sometimes, the habits we practice to accelerate the process of getting things done can actually come in the way of doing it right. Our daily routine decides the way we behave, live and feel. When we avoid certain negative practices, we can live a healthier life. Therapist Israa Nasir shared a few habits that we must avoid in our daily lives.
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:10 PM IST

Common cognitive biases that we should be aware of: Psychologist shares insights

Negative cognitive bias: When we start to see ourselves as someone very negative, we also tend to grow a lot of bitterness for the world around us. This further causes distorted thinking patterns. 
Published on Jun 30, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Breaking the chains of C-PTSD: Therapist shares tips

Complex PTSD or C-PTSD is a condition where a person experiences all the symptoms of PTSD, along with additional symptoms such as bouts of anger, mistrust towards the world and flashbacks of trauma. "Overcoming C-PTSD is a complex and challenging journey, fraught with emotional hurdles and setbacks. The path to healing often involves confronting deep-seated fears, unraveling years of ingrained patterns, and rebuilding a sense of safety and trust," wrote therapist Linda Meredith as she shared a few tips by which we can break the chains of C-PTSD.
Published on Jun 21, 2024 06:00 AM IST

What is scapegoating? How can it impact us?

The dysregulated nervous system gets stuck in the fight or flight or freeze or fawn mode – this further triggers the stress hormones and makes it difficult for children to focus on their studies or engage in relationships outside their family.  
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:00 PM IST

5 ways to develop self-belief and confidence: Psychologist shares tips

Sometimes we may feel that we are running low on self-belief and confidence. This comes from having doubts on our own abilities. Self-doubt can have a significant impact on the way we look at ourselves. "Want to develop more self-belief and confidence in yourself? Here are some tips you may find helpful," wrote Psychologist Sam Frerer.
Published on Jun 18, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Emotionally neglected people face difficulty in sharing emotions; here's why

When a person is emotionally neglected for a prolonged period of time, they develop a sense of silence and refrain from sharing their thoughts, emotions, and feelings with others. Emotionally neglected people are good listeners usually. "Work on changing negative thoughts and core self-beliefs stemming from your past trauma. Replace self-critical thoughts with compassionate and affirming statements about your worth and the value of your experiences," wrote Psychologist Caroline Middelsdorf.
Published on Jun 17, 2024 06:00 AM IST

5 signs that you are self-sabotaging: Here's how you can break the pattern

Often, we self-sabotage with behavioural patterns that do not align with ourselves and leave us feeling frustrated and low. "Recognising the signs of self-sabotage (and any behaviour pattern that does not align with you and leaves you feeling stuck) is the first step towards change," wrote Life Coach Anna De Freitas. The Life Coach further shared a few ways by which we can break the pattern. 
Published on Jun 14, 2024 05:13 PM IST

5 ways by which self-talk impacts us: Therapist explains

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Published on Jun 13, 2024 10:50 AM IST

Thought patterns that increase anxiety: Psychologist explains

Often we feel more anxious at night. People who struggle with anxiety have a difficult time dealing with it at night. Excessive worry and the sense of fear creeps into the mind and people have a tough time managing their thoughts. Overthinking makes things worse. But why do we experience more anxiety at night? Psychologist Avi Sanders shared a few reasons.
Published on Jun 12, 2024 02:05 PM IST

Trigger management skills to remember when we are activated: Therapist explains

Sometimes we may feel activated and may need to manage our emotions and responses at the moment. "These practices have helped me move through an activating emotional moment safely. Most of them are ways to regulate a dysregulated nervous system, or a way to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us relax). These practices will help you feel safe in your body, so that you don’t react on impulse or from a place of survival, so that you don’t get trapped in fight/flight/freeze. These practices will help you feel more empowered in the face of intense emotions," wrote Therapist Israa Nasir.
Published on Jun 11, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Signs of emotional monitoring that we should be aware of

Emotional monitoring happens when we go into the hypervigilant mode. "Emotional monitoring is when you’re scanning the emotions of others and trying to determine how to respond based on what you perceive. It's a type of hypervigilance - different from empathy or people-pleasing (but they can coexist)," wrote Therapist Carolyn Rubenstein. Here are a few signs of emotional monitoring to know about.
Published on Jun 07, 2024 06:00 PM IST

Impact of nightmares on mental health: Therapist explains

Many people suffer from nightmare disorder, also known as ‘dream anxiety disorder’, where sleep is hampered by frequent nightmares.
Published on Jun 06, 2024 06:00 AM IST

From clutter-free zen to cosy comfort: The mental health benefits of home decor

Interior decoration taps into powerful psychological influences related to our perceptions of color, nature, organization, light, space, and visual appeal – all of which can profoundly impact mental health and emotional well-being when designed intentionally. Danielle Mathews, co-owner of Reborn Renovations, delves into the science behind how different interior styles can influence our emotional state and provides expert insights on curating living spaces that promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.
Published on Jun 03, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Chronic shame: Developmental causes that contribute to it

When we are brought up in dysfunctional families, we grow up and develop chronic shame as a part of our personality. "Childhood experiences that can lead to feelings of shame in adulthood often involve situations where a child feels deeply embarrassed, unaccepted, or invalidated. These experiences can imprint negative beliefs and feelings that persist into adulthood, often requiring therapeutic intervention to resolve. Stay tuned for tips and tricks for coping with shame. One of the most isolating, yet common human experiences," wrote Therapist Andrea Evgeniou. Here are a few developmental causes that contribute to chronic shame.
Published on Jun 01, 2024 04:42 PM IST

ADHD and waiting mode: What is it? How to combat?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, refers to the condition where a person experiences hyperactivity or difficulty in focus. In ADHD, a person faces difficulty in getting anything done if they have an activity scheduled at some point in the day – this is referred to as waiting mode. Here's all that you need to know about ADHD and waiting mode.
Published on Jun 01, 2024 03:00 PM IST

Effects of growing up in a home full of arguments and tension; therapist shares

Being brought up in a home full of tension makes us sacrifice our own emotions and needs and instead prioritise the happiness of others to maintain peace at home. 
Published on May 31, 2024 06:03 PM IST

Do you have a mood hoover around? Here's how you can protect your energy

Prioritising self-care: We must remember to love and take care of ourselves before everything else, and prioritise ourselves on a daily basis.
Updated on May 31, 2024 05:04 PM IST

C-PTSD and suppressed emotions: Here's how it can impact us

When we stop sharing our emotions, we tend to isolate ourselves from others. This can lead to loneliness. 
Published on May 25, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Psychological flexibility: 6 ways to develop it

Psychological flexibility refers to the practice of being open to experiences as they happen to us. "This flexibility enables us to adapt to changing circumstances, make healthy choices, and lead a richer, more fulfilling life. It’s a skill that can be developed and enhanced through practice and reflects a holistic approach to mental health and well-being," wrote Therapist Andrea Evgeniou.
Published on May 23, 2024 06:52 PM IST

Hidden rules of dysfunctional family dynamics: 5 toxic principles

When we are brought up in dysfunctional homes, we learn to abide by certain principles that hold us from having positive personal growth and development. In dysfunctional family dynamics, there are certain hidden rules that come across generations and can traumatise people. Therapist Linda Meredith shared a few toxic principles of dysfunctional family dynamics that we should be aware of.
Published on May 17, 2024 07:00 PM IST

Do you need a digital detox? Here are a few tips to follow

Scrolling social media updates, looking at reels for hours, checking notifications instantly and being on the phone all the time can give us a Dopamine rush, but it is addictive in nature and can cut down our productivity. One of the best ways to combat digital addiction is by going on a digital detox for a period of time. Here are a few tips shared by Therapist Rebekah Ballagh to start your digital detox journey.
Published on May 16, 2024 06:57 PM IST

5 things to let go of to stop people-pleasing; therapist shares tips

In order to break free from the cycle of people-pleasing, we need to initiate certain changes in our behavioural patterns, thought process and our habits. We need to bring a shift in our perspective and our attitude. "First, let go of the need to be understood by everyone. It's more important to understand yourself and know what’s best for you. Second, release the urge to fix others' moods. Instead, learn to be comfortable in your own discomfort, recognising that you are not responsible for everyone’s happiness," wrote therapist Klara Kernig. Here are a few things that we need to let go in order to stop people-pleasing.
Published on May 14, 2024 08:10 PM IST

5 ways to set boundaries to prevent burnout: Therapist shares tips

Burnout refers to the sense of low productivity and no interest in things that we need to do. This happens with prolonged exposure to the same things on a regular basis with no boundaries or breaks. "Are you agreeing to unrealistic deadlines? Are you allowing chatty colleagues to affect your productivity? Do you let your holiday days go unused? Are you taking on others’ work? If so, it might be time to set some boundaries at work to prevent burnout," wrote Therapist Abby Rawlinson. Here are a few tips.
Published on May 13, 2024 03:39 PM IST

4 aspects of change that we should learn to embrace for a better life

For personal development and emotional growth, we should learn to embrace change. Change is constant throughout our lives but when we choose what changes we should make, we gain more perspective about ourselves. "By examining change through different lenses, we gain a more holistic perspective that considers all these dimensions. This allows us to address the full range of challenges and opportunities that come with change," wrote Therapist Israa Nasir. Here are four aspects of change that we should learn to embrace.
Published on May 09, 2024 07:00 PM IST
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