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Five (Attainable) Resolutions for Better Mental Health in 2015
Happy New Year! With all of 2015 ahead of us, it’s a perfect time to examine where you’re at in life, what you learned over the past year, and what you hope to accomplish in the coming year. At some...
Are You SAD? Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Seasonal Depression
Over the past several decades, researchers have discovered that vitamin D is essential for many important functions in our bodies, such as maintaining bone health and a strong immune system, but the benefits of “the sunshine vitamin,” as vitamin D...
Letting Go of Perfect: Coping with Anxiety and Perfectionism
The holidays are not a good time to be a perfectionist. Everyday busyness and stress get ramped up to frenzied levels, and there never seems to be enough time. This year, I’d been putting more pressure on myself than usual,...
What Are You Grateful for Today?
With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I’ve felt more stressed than usual with all of the job and personal responsibilities I need to address before flying across the country to see my family – in a small town with hardly...
Health Anxiety and the Ebola Outbreak: A Reality Check
If you’re able to laugh at the absurdity of a statement like this, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. For many with health anxiety, the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to fears just like this one,...
7 Steps to Breaking Your Worst Habits
Lately, I’ve been over-eating and feeling sluggish because of it, and drinking way too much coffee, which is triggering my anxiety. For the sake of my energy level, I know I need to go back to healthier eating. And I’ve...
Set a Routine and Stick to it!
Mental Illness and the Importance of Routine When my friend Janice returned from vacation in Europe, she joked that she needed another week off from work just to “recover” from vacation. A lot of our friends gave her a hard...
Four Simple Strategies for Managing Seasonal Anxiety and Depression
Is it just me, or is it hard to believe that October is already halfway over? Trees are shedding their leaves, darkness is coming earlier every night, and we’ve swapped our summer shorts for cozy sweaters. Before we know it,...
Six Most Distressing Physical Anxiety Symptoms and How to Cope
Those who don’t understand anxiety often have the misconception that anxiety is “all in your head,” and therefore somehow less real, and less critical, than other illnesses. But as anxiety sufferers know all too well, anxiety disorders cause real and...
It’s Not that I’m Not Trying: I Have an Anxiety Disorder!
It’s time to wake up to the reality of anxiety. In the wake of the death of beloved actor Robin Williams, there has been a lot of discussion about mental illness, the real pain it causes, and the need to...
Five Dangerous Behaviors Brought On by Stress
Stress has long been linked to chronic health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety disorders. But in between the stress and the development of health problems, usually lies some dangerous coping mechanisms. Even if they offer...
Ashwagandha for Anxiety Treatment and Overall Well-Being
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a medicinal herb that has a centuries-long track record of treating a multitude of conditions, ranging from low energy to chronic pain to fertility issues. Additionally, due to the herb’s calming properties, one of the most common...
Don’t Tell Me to “Just Relax” — This is a Panic Attack!
Five Things Panic and Anxiety Sufferers Wish You Understood Although I don’t have a panic disorder, my anxiety occasionally manifests as panic attacks. My first panic attack in more than a year happened in what I would have thought would...
Vitamin D Deficiency Could Contribute to Anxiety and Depression
Did you know that at least half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D? Estimates range as high as 75% of the general population, with an even higher prevalence among African Americans and Hispanics. Despite the common foods fortified with vitamin D...
YOGA! The Benefits of Yoga: Infographic
Here at Tranquility Labs we believe that daily practice of yoga will improve your mind-body relationship and help lower your anxiety. Here is an info-graphic showing that and more!  
We’re All A Little M.A.D…. – How To Keep Financial Stress in Check
In the midst of holiday preparations and year-end work deadlines, more people than ever will find their minds drifting to their bank accounts. In a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll, more than half of respondents reported at least some worry about losing their...