Social Anxiety Disorder is a fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. People who have social anxiety often fear that they are being watched, judged, and evaluated by other people. It is often mistaken for shyness or low self-esteem. There are many different causes of social anxiety, however, the cause of social anxiety in some people simply cannot be explained.
People think that meditation is hard and that you need to be a full time monk to be able to meditate properly.
That's simply not true.
Absolutely anyone can learn how to meditate quickly and easily. You don't have to go through an elaborate ritual to be able to meditate. Put simply, meditation is way to get in touch with your inner self.
Here are some tips to make your meditation even easier:
One thing that is coming up more than ever is the condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some were aware of it before this became the common name and remember it as shell shock. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder suffered by rising numbers of people today.
It starts with events that are so traumatic for those suffering, that they can't deal with it all at once, and shouldn't be expected too. In wars, many soldiers experience horrors that were extremely beyond anything they could ever prepare for. This has been a strongly noticed issue on the rise since the many soldiers returned home from the Vietnam War.
We all know that it is in one's highest good to grieve the loss of a relationship. Healthy grief releases feelings rather than allowing them to get stuck in the body. Healthy grief allows the griever to heal the loss and move on with life.
Yet grief is not always healing. Many of us have known people who were stuck in their grief, seemingly locked into the past and unable to move forward in their lives.
What is the difference between those who feel their grief and move on and those who get stuck in it? The difference lies in what they believe they have lost. When people believe they have lost their source of love, their grief will feel unending.
Today I took a yoga class, which has become my new favorite self-care and meditative activity as part of my weekly routine. Yoga has become a means of not only finding balance and poise in my body, but in my mind as well. And today’s class was especially stimulating in that department! Today in class, my yoga instructor, Mackenzie, shared about the Asch-Conformity Experiment and a brief overview of this fascinating study on group-thinking really opened my mind!
Do you trust your feelings and take action for yourself based on your feelings? Many of us grew up learning to mistrust our feelings. "Don't be ridiculous," my mother often said to me when I asked her why she was angry. "I'm not angry," she would say with anger in her voice. "Don't be ridiculous" was what I often heard in response to many of my feelings. So I learned to mistrust my feelings. It took me many years of inner work to regain trust in my feelings.
Feelings are information. Our feelings such as anger, anxiety, depression, and hurt are letting us know that we are telling ourselves something that is not true, or treating ourselves in unloving ways. Our uncomfortable or lonely feelings around another person may be telling us that the other person is being judgmental, needy, angry, blaming or inauthentic.
Are you aware of your inner voice? Do you pay attention to it? I'm not talking about the one who puts you down by the way! I'm talking about the one that softly whispers ideas and suggestions to you; the kind that the other voice might shout down, crying, "Are you mad?" That requires stepping out of our comfort zone, and that is to be avoided at all costs! (even if the cost is living a life of mediocrity instead of the one of your dreams)
Sadly, the latter voice is the one most of us are aware of and pay attention to. The more gentle one, that is our intuition, is often ignored; that is if we're hearing what it tells us at all. The great pity here is that it's our intuition that really has our best interests at heart. Our gremlin (the louder, more aggressive voice) does have our welfare at heart too, but in a protective way. The intuition's way is more expansive.
This article and infographic were made by Rethink Mental Health Advocate, Aza