Facing Life’s Challenges
Chemical dependency is a treatable, potentially fatal and progressive illness that impacts millions of Americans. Some people have believed the fallacy that controlling drinking (or drugging) is all a matter of will power for the addict. It is no more under the control of the alcoholic than the illness of diabetes is under the control of the diabetic.
As human beings, we are each subject to a range of emotions from elation to rage. While anger is a normal human emotion, it is important to express anger in healthy ways that are appropriate in the workplace setting.
Most of us have times when we feel frustrated, irritable, or grouchy. People tend to prefer these terms to describe how they are feeling rather than acknowledging the actual feeling – anger.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It may signal a tense situation in the office, encourage one to study harder for an exam, or remind us to keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes excessive so that we have an irrational dread of everyday situations; it becomes a disabling disorder.
Get prepared for potential emergencies with this helpful guide.
Our attitude drives our behavior. This is the foundation for resilience; the way we view the world.
Each of us faces challenges and unexpected events in our lives. Some are invigorating; some are devastating. The key is how well we are able to cope with life’s surprises. Resilience is our capacity to adjust to changes and challenges in our life, as well as the ability to "spring back” emotionally after dealing with a difficult and stressful time.
Money has the potential to cause a significant amount of stress in our daily lives. While it may seem overwhelming, spending some time reviewing your finances and setting up a plan to more actively manage them can improve both your financial and emotional well-being. The system presented below is one method for managing your finances. You may need to consult a financial advisor for your specific situation.
All of us will grieve at one time or another. Grief is related to love and attachment; it is love under the condition of absence. Grieving is caring about someone who is no longer present. Loss, death and grief are part of the human experience. To grieve is normal; to not grieve is pathological. We cannot change the fact of the loss; we are left with memories and feelings. For each, there will be a healing process that includes the process of grief. Grief seems to take us through phases that come and go and often confuse us; not often clean or distinct. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined stages of grieving in her work with those who themselves were dying of terminal disease. While survivors don't necessary experience these stages in the same way, those left with the loss may experience similar phases and emotions.
It is natural for organisms in nature to gravitate toward homeostasis or equilibrium. Change, whether positive or negative, requires us to adapt, adopt, alter or accept. Change is inevitable.