Emotional abuse can be incredibly damaging, increasing a person’s chances of developing depression and anxiety. But these behaviors can be subtle and difficult to spot, both from within and outside a relationship. It also often makes people doubt their perceptions of their own mistreatment. How can we recognize these patterns in real life?
It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need – at points – to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise on how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation and to appreciate the role of self-care in a good and fruitful life.
What goes on inside a body that is chronically stressed? Our hard-wired stress response is designed to give us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. However, when activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body.
Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain.
There are science based techniques we can use to treat emotional injuries that can help soothe the distress they cause and prevent them from impacting our short and long-term psychological well-being. Guy Winch makes the case for practicing emotional hygiene— taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
In order to be calm and at ease with ourselves, we need regular periods where we do something rather strange-sounding: process our emotions. The School of Life provides a guide to this essential psychological move.
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions.
ven after writing eleven books and winning several awards, Maya Angelou couldn’t escape the doubt that she hadn’t earned her accomplishments. This feeling of fraudulence is extremely common. Why can’t so many of us shake feelings that our ideas and skills aren’t worthy of others’ attention?
Yoga is a blend of physical and mental exercise is widely believed to have a unique set of health advantages. But is yoga actually beneficial to your health? Krishna Sudhir examines how this ancient tradition impacts the body and mind.