Self-care has to become a habit, so that when we’re dealing with stress, we remember that, “Hey, I need to take care of myself in this situation.” Fortunately, there are several pathways to self-care, and none of them need be difficult or take a lot of planning.
I don't like the way I look. I’m too fat to exercise in public. Ever have thoughts like these? You're not alone. Embarrassment is an often overlooked reason people don't exercise. Follow these tips to shed your self-consciousness at the gym.
Do you feel self-conscious in social situations? Are you plagued with self-doubts about how you come across to others? Do you feel physically sick with worry about certain situations that involve interacting with others? Do you make excuses, or even lie to avoid the social situations you dread? You may have social anxiety disorder. Take this test to find out.
Sensitive and quiet children often have trouble with situations that aren't predictable and routine. This means that holidays, traveling, and visits with relatives can be fraught with tension and potential stress overload. Here are some do's and don'ts.
"This is just how I am," or "I don't want to change," or What's the point?" Sound familiar? While we typically think of change as happening when we’re actually “doing” something, a lot of critical steps take place beforehand. Even if you're not quite ready to make a big change in your life, there are still some simple things you can do to move in the right direction.
One reader wrote: "Hearing introverts so vehemently distancing themselves from any hint of shyness feels like a knife in my gut." Others felt differently. Read more reactions on the shyness/introversion distinction.
We cover topics including shyness, social anxiety and introversion. We write about children and adults. In all cases, our focus is on greater understanding and acceptance of each person’s unique strengths.