When it comes to anxiety the world of work can be an unforgiving place. Everyone accepts a little nervousness, but people who experience anxiety during business interactions, presentations, or social exchanges often send out the wrong message. If anxiety is the cause of obstinacy, defensiveness, rudeness or aggression in yourself or someone else, something needs to be done.
In most work environments people follow a code of behavior. Some codes are overt and may even form part of company policy - never swearing or shouting for example. Others are more subtle and unwritten, such as the raising of an eyebrow from the chief executive meaning, ‘I'm displeased'.
The thing about a successful interpersonal environment is that it represents a form of trade. You offer me something and I will offer something back. So, if I offer you a coffee, you accept or decline graciously. These standardized forms of interaction lubricate our social wheels and encourage us to believe ...
When your child has an anxiety disorder, chances are there are times when it interferes with school. A few examples of how anxiety disorders can make school more difficult :
When children have social anxiety disorder (SAD), they might feel uncomfortable answering questions in class, going up to the board or making friends
When a child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he might need to complete rituals, even if those rituals interrupt the school day. He might feel anxious if unable to complete certain rituals.
Children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry endlessly. They might worry about an upcoming test, forgetting their homework, whether they are going to be called on. They might be inattentive in class (because they are worrying rather than listening) and have a hard time focusing on schoolwork.
If your child has anxiety, he might try to hide it from others. He might be embarrassed or worry about how others will react. Teachers mi...
Wake up. Stretch. Get your bearings and stretch again. Walk to the kitchen and put up some coffee (thank goodness for Keurig!). Walk to the bathroom and wash up for the day. The beginning of each morning is the same every day. The day begins the same and ends the same. It’s what happens in between waking up and bedtime that defines who and what we are. One line from The Mary Tyler Moore Show tried to sum this up. When Mary says she’s bored with her life, her crusty boss Lou Grant tells her, “We’re born, we die and everything in between is just filler.”
What happens in between can be stressful at times. I wake up feeling happy in the morning. This time of year – springtime - brings sounds of birds outside of my window and lawnmowers cutting lawns on our street (somehow that sound, to me, signals warmer weather is here, something I look forward to all winter long) an...
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