6 Stages and 16 Tips for Developing Good Habits

Want to develop healthy habits? Here's your go-to guide.

How to Keep a Thought Diary to Combat Anxiety

One of the most powerful things you can do to manage anxiety is keep a running record of your thoughts on paper. Learn how to make this CBT technique work for you.

Seven Types of Self-Care Activities for Coping with Stress

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.

Are You Too Embarrassed to Exercise?

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.

How to Overcome Anxiety & Shyness: Real Life Success Stories

Learn to overcome anxiety and shyness with these strategies. Four inspiring women show you how.

Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder?

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.

Helping the Sensitive Child Cope with the Holidays

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.

Fear of Blushing

Sometimes the best suggestions go against common sense. Find out what happens when you "invite the symptom."

Ninety Ways to Thrive in College

From dorm living to finding your passion, this list of college tips has you covered. See what advice popular blogger, Erin McNaughton, shared with her younger, college-bound sister.

Decrease Social Anxiety in Just Minutes a Day

Learn some quick and simple things you can do to lessen social anxiety.

What to Do When Your Child Won't Go to School

Does your child complain of a stomachache right before going to school? If your child stays home, do the symptoms vanish, only to reappear the next morning? Does your child have a tantrum when you try to make your child go to school? If so, your child may have what’s known as school refusal.

Powerfully Shy: Lessons from Leaders

What happens when a painfully shy girl grows up? She becomes powerful, becomes head of Yahoo, and takes over Tumblr!

Back-to-School Worries

Back-to-school worries are common for kids of all ages. Here are some top concerns and what you can do to help.

But I Don't Want to Change

"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.

13 Reasons Why Setbacks Should Never Stop You

While no one enjoys them, setbacks don’t have to deteriorate into a vicious spiral of shame. Learn what you can do to make setbacks a positive part of your self-improvement efforts.

The Shy Spectrum in Kids

Shyness and social anxiety exist on a continuum. Here's how to tell if you should be worried about your child.

A Quiet Rant on Shyness and Introversion: Readers React

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.

Must-Have Coping Strategies for Social Anxiety

Social anxiety doesn't have to hold you back. Try these seven strategies.

Is Social Anxiety Getting You Down?

Social anxiety and depression often go together--a doubly whammy. Here are 7 ways to cope when you have both.

Stop Fighting Your Negative Thoughts

The difficulty isn’t that we have negative thoughts. The problem comes when we believe our thoughts. Here are 7 techniques to defuse them.

50 Ways You Can Be Brave Today

Bravery isn't only about heroic acts in unusual situations. It can also be as simple as the risk of trying something new.

3 Reasons Why Facing Your Social Fears Might Not Work

Many people I've worked with tell me they force themselves into social situations every day, but it doesn't get any easier. Or they tell me they’ve already tried “exposure therapy” and it didn’t work. Why is this so? What’s going on?

What You Should Look For In a Self-Help Book

Here are tips for selecting a self-help book that works, plus a list of the 10 top-rated books on depression and anxiety.

Women’s Worry Talk: What It Means and What They Want

When women say, “I’m worried,” it can mean several different things. Here's how to crack the worry code.

The Social Anxiety Spiral

Why is the fear of disapproval so chronic and unrelenting? Here are five key factors that keep social anxiety going.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

Do you have social anxiety? Here are the three categories of social anxiety symptoms.

Job Hunting Tips for People with Anxiety

Try these 6 tips for how to manage anxiety while job hunting

Motivating Your Child

Wish you could get your child do his homework without the usual hassles? Would you like your child to pitch in with some help around the house instead of acting like you're the maid. Here are some tried-and-true tips on how to motivate your child.

How Cognitive Distortions Maintain Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety tend to overestimate both the probability and severity of negative social experiences.

Six Ways to Be Kind to Yourself When Trying New Things

Many people are harsh with themselves when trying new things. They critique themselves in a way that makes them feel anxious and distressed, and less likely to try again. Here are six ways to be kinder to yourself.