mental health

Overcoming a Fear of Flying

Does the idea of taking to the skies make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you envision a catastrophe before you’re even airborne? You’re not alone. More than a quarter of Americans suffer some degree of flight anxiety or aerophobia, the fear of flying. Overcoming a fear of flying takes courage and practice, but it is possible. Once you conquer your fear of flying, you’ll have the confidence to jet anywhere your heart desires, filling your life with adventures and memories — and your passport with stamps. Second-guessing or canceling vacations due to your fear…

Why Do Women Hesitate to Learn Self-Defense?

A few months ago, my daughters and I took a two hour class on self-defense. I wanted my eldest daughter to take the class since she’s going to college next year. I’m not sure why, but she was incredibly upset we pushed her into taking this class. I didn’t want to take the class either, but my husband pushed me, explaining that I should learn the skills and set a good example for our girls.  Fortunately, our youngest daughter is already a black belt in karate. Not surprisingly, she was the only one…

Stress! Calming our Minds in Today’s Busy World

With so many modern improvements to our lives today, it’s ironic that we still live under so much stress. Stress not only affects our quality of life, it impacts our self-esteem, mindset and our general health. Yet, there are ways to eliminate the stresses and strains of daily life in order to feel happier and healthier. The following tips can hopefully help you to manage your daily stress and achieve optimum mental health…

Coping with Life After a Losing a Parent

Last March, my dad, who had been fighting stage IV pancreatic cancer, passed away. I was with him the last twelve hours of his life and saw him pass peacefully in the middle of the night. (Read my earlier post about pancreatic cancer here.) Even though his death was expected (as his chemo wasn’t working and his body was slowly deteriorating), but I realized that people are never really prepared to see someone they love die and the see life leave the body. So even though I am grieving the loss of my dad, I’m also…