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Positive Affirmations:Do They Work?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Positive Affirmations:Do They Work?

You may have heard a lot of buzz lately about positive affirmations, also known as harnessing positive thinking. While there is a lot of talk about using positive affirmations, not many understand what they are or how they work. Here is a quick introduction to positive affirmations and how you can use them daily. Basically positive affirmations are positive sayings, thoughts, or mantras that you can tell yourself to help overcome negative thoughts. Negative thoughts seem to creep up on some people almost non stop, so replacing those negative...

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Ways to Cope With a Depressive Episode

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Ways to Cope With a Depressive Episode

While there are many types of depression, a person dealing with depression may experience episodes of major depression. During these episodes the symptoms of depression become stronger and harder to deal with for the person affected by them. While sticking to a plan that a professional has created is strongly suggested, there are some things that an individual can do to help manage their symptoms and cope with their depressive episodes. Exercise. While getting up and moving may seem like an insurmountable task during these episodes it can...

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Counter-Dependence and What it Means

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Counter-Dependence and What it Means

Counter-dependence is a term that is mostly only used by professionals in the mental health field, but it is more prevalent than you may believe. Counter-dependence refers to a condition where a person has a deep aversion to and avoidance of depending on others. People who suffer from this have a true fear of depending on others and do anything they can to avoid it. This condition can cause many problems for those affected by it for obvious reasons. Never depending on anyone or allowing anyone to help you would be a very hard way of life....

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Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

  The holidays can be an extremely difficult time for those who are grieving, or for those who have lost loved ones in the past the holidays can drudge up the grief they have already addressed. While it is human to grieve and to miss ones that you have lost, grief can actually stand in your way if you don’t know how to properly cope with it.  Here is a quick list of ways to help cope with grief this holiday season:   ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL. If you’re feeling emotions that are unpleasant allow yourself to feel them and allow them...

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A Lesson in Perspective

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A Lesson in Perspective

The idea of the glass being half empty vs. half full is pretty well known to everyone. Often people will say something along the lines of “I’m trying to be positive, you know see the glass as half-full”, or something such as “he is just so negative, always views the glass as half empty”. While this is just a figure of speech, the way and the frequency with which it is used shows an interesting fact about our society. Because in all honesty, who cares if the glass is half full or half empty? Either way there is the...

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Top Relationship Communication Needs

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Top Relationship Communication Needs

Most people know that being in a relationship requires some work and a lot of communication. While communication is a pretty standard part of all relationships, most people struggle with why they need to communicate and what needs to be communicated when. There isn’t a one-size-fits all answer to this, as each relationship is different. However, there are some common threads that will run through most relationships. Keep reading to find out the top reasons communication are a must for a successful relationship and the most important...

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How Anxiety Leads to Anger

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

How Anxiety Leads to Anger

Anxiety has many symptoms beyond just “feeling anxious”. A racing heart, shortness of breath and trouble concentrating are often associated with anxiety. One symptom that many overlook as a biproduct of anxiety is anger. Often times people who have anxiety deal with isolation, feelings of being misunderstood, and other serious issues as a result of their anxiety. Because anxiety can be so hard to control and can cause so much chaos in ones life, it makes sense that someone suffering from it may feel angry. Keep in mind that anger...

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Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble

It is common when entering a new relationship for one or both people involved to have doubts or concerns about their new commitment. While having concerns is normal, there are some signs that are actually big red flags that continuing this relationship may not be a good idea. Here is a quick list of some of the signs that may be an indication to take a step back or  slow down. THE PAST IS STILL IN THE PRESENT. This is one of the most obvious and annoying red flags that can pop up in new relationships. If there is baggage that is being...

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Handling Anxiety

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Handling Anxiety

It is likely that at some point in all of our lives we will have a loved one, friend, or coworker that deals with anxiety, or deal with it ourselves. One of the hardest parts of anxiety is that there is a huge breakdown in communication between the afflicted and those surrounding them. Often the people who are around the person dealing with it try their hardest to “make things better”. They often feel that they must walk on eggshells or change how they act to aovid triggering anxiety. The individual who is afflicted with the...

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Recognizing Depression

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Recognizing Depression

While it is recommended and most beneficial for anyone with a suspected mental illness to seek professional help, some may not even know how to recognize that they have a problem. While everyone handles depression differently, and mental illnesses can manifest in a multitude of ways, there are some warning signs that someone is dealing with or even knowingly hiding their depression. This quick checklist gives some of the most prevelant warning signs of possible depression. Struggle with maintaining any good, healthy intimate...

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