Managing Anxiety: Three Important Steps in a Plan Personalized for YOU

anxious and sleepless

Managing anxiety is the topic of today’s entry in the Psychologist Calgary blog. I’m going to share three important steps you’ll want to incorporate into any personalized plan for managing anxiety in your life. Step One – Recognize Your Unique Symptoms Anxiety can be so ingrained into our lives that we may not even recognize it for what it is. For example, when I was studying for my registration exam, I had terrible stomach aches. I tried to figure out what I was eating to upset my stomach, I monitored…

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Lower your Anxiety by getting off the Sugar Rollercoaster

sugar rollercoaster

Have you ever noticed how eating sugary foods can affect your mood? One of the most important ways of preventing stressful and anxious episodes is to keep your blood sugar regulated. Many of us are actually quite sensitive to alterations in our blood sugar levels, but we often do not recognize this as a contributor to anxiety. When blood sugar is high or low, it can mimic or worsen stress and anxiety symptoms. Just take a look at children: it’s all too common to see a child bounce off the…

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Treating Anxiety Naturally with Acupuncture

acupuncture for anxiety is proving effective

Managing anxiety can be a tricky proposition. There are the conventional treatments of prescription medications, counselling and psychotherapy, of course. But, there is also a growing body of research that shows that acupuncture can be a helpful addition in the ongoing treatment and management of anxiety. Chinese Medical Theory states that when the free flow of Qi in the body is obstructed due to injury, stress, nutritional deficiencies, environmental changes, or external pathogens, health problems will follow. So, the fundamental goal of acupuncture treatment is always to bring the body…

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Children and Anxiety

children experience anxiety too...

Did you know that anxiety doesn’t just affect adults? Children experience anxiety as well. It is often thought that children do not experience anxiety or are oblivious to the worries of life, but this really is not the case. Although children may not worry about such things–money, college funds, or groceries–they can worry about other things such as upsetting authority figures, meeting new people, trying new things, the dark, being separated from parents and school work. These issues seem small to adults, but for children, these issues are very large…

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Social Detox: Are the People in Your Life Lifting You Up or Dragging You Down?

social detox

Do you ever have that experience where you dread seeing a particular person in your life?–that person you feel worn out and empty after spending time with them? Do you avoid texts/calls from that person? Do you feel bad about yourself after interactions with this person? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, this could be a toxic person. What do we do after identifying a toxic person in our lives? Well, the answer can be tricky. Sometimes, the person we feel is toxic is part of our workplace, our friend group,…

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Grieving: Death, Loss of a Job, the End of a Relationship, and More

feeling grief

The experience of grief is typically not very comfortable. We might experience a range of unpredictable emotions, we may feel very sensitive or disconnected, and the people around us may interact with us differently. However uncomfortable, grief is an important part of coping with change. It allows us to understand our loss and integrate into our lives. If we resist grief, the loss will continue to exist in a poignant way and can even lead to mental health concerns such as anxiety and/or depression. Often when we think of grieving,…

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Bronchitis, Bloatedness, Eczema, and Pirates: The Story of Emunctories 

the five emunctories

Theo loves pirates but hates being sick, so his mom brought him to see if we could help with the chronic bronchitis he was experiencing every winter. Over the general questions we ask every patient, I noticed that he also had eczema on and off and seemed to get bloated inconsistently. All of those symptoms could seem unrelated and irrelevant because of their irregularity, but for an Osteopathic therapist, these start to make us think. Here is why: The body can clean itself when exposed to undesired elements from our…

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Detoxification: The Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Way

spring: time to detoxify

It’s “Spring” and the energy of spring brings the urge to clear away the debris of winter, to make room for new growth. For many, “spring cleaning” includes a personal detox regime of some sort, to clear the accumulations and stresses that have built up over the winter months. Modern environmental “toxins”, excess ingestion of food and drink, medications and supplements, all put an unnatural burden on the organs and systems in the body including the liver, kidney, lymphatics, digestive tract, and connective tissue. Acupuncture treatment (including guasha, cupping, auricular acupuncture,…

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Itchy, Watery, Leaky and Swollen: Is It Just Allergies or Could It Be Histamine Intolerance?

histamine intolerance analogy

Histamine is a key compound involved in local and body wide inflammatory response. It’s produced and released by immune cells involved in allergic responses. A classic example getting stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito and having that swollen red itchy area – that’s what histamine does. Histamine is made from the amino acid histidine found in many different foods–especially fermented foods–and is also produced by certain gut bacteria as well as your cells. The itchy, watery eyes, itchy skin, and in fact all the things that you associate…

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Recognizing the Limits of What We Are Responsible For

rain requires on real decision to be made

I’ve always enjoyed the changing of the seasons. It feels like a fresh start, a nice kind of change, and something new to look at in the natural environment. There is also something new to look at in the natural environment. There is also something freeing about recognizing aspects of our lives that lay outside of our control. I only get to notice if it’s raining, cloudy, or foggy and respond by making decisions that work for you (e.g. wearing a coat, bringing an umbrella, choosing to drive somewhere or stay home)–I…

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