Overwhelmed, stressed and self-critical?

By Nicole Urdang | September 17, 2013
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Some days, it may seem as if you are boxing with your brain. The hits keep coming, and it’s all you can do to fend them off. Perhaps, you are orchestrating a life that is overflowing with responsibilities. Do you put a ton of pressure on yourself thinking everything has to be done perfectly? Maybe, […]

Demons: Befriend Them If You Want To Change & Grow

By Nicole Urdang | November 5, 2011
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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment. Eckhart Tolle If you are reading this, the demons haven’t won. Facing your demons is part of life. From […]

Emotional First Aid

By Nicole Urdang | August 17, 2010
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Ten ways to handle bad news: 1. Breathe deeply and slowly. Use grounding techniques (see Grounding Techniques). 2. Remember: This will pass. 3. Don’t take it personally, no matter what happened. 4. Allow all your feelings; yes, all of them. 5. Have faith in yourself. You are more competent than you think right this moment. […]

Suicide: What to do with suicidal thoughts

By Nicole Urdang | April 13, 2010
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Don’t give up before the miracle happens. Fannie Flagg. The main thing to understand about suicide is: DON’T DO IT! Life may seem darker than an oil slick and bleaker than a bad diagnosis, and still be precious. When you are mired in misery, it’s best to remember that your most important job is taking […]

Frazzled & Overwhelmed: Post Divorce, or Any Other Time

By Nicole Urdang | October 23, 2009
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During major life changes it is easy to feel raw, brittle, and overwhelmed by all the details that need your attention.  Some people become numb when faced with a tsunami of decisions and tasks, and some amp up their activity. It’s not so much how you manifest your inner frenzy, but what you can do […]

Grounding Techniques To Calm Anxiety & Panic

By Nicole Urdang | April 22, 2009
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When overwhelmed by life, it is easy to feel as if you are walking on quicksand.  One manifestation of rootlessness is depersonalization, feeling separate from your body. It is often a result of post-traumatic stress, but can also be triggered by an abundance of current stress. This disjointed feeling can create a fair amount of […]