How to Fight Anxiety

Fighting anxiety is a continuous effort. The first rule to lead a happy life is to eradicate anxiety all in all. That definitely calls out a war between you and anxiety. You have to fight for it right off the bat so that you do not lose out on great opportunities in life ahead.
Win the War against Anxiety
The truth often revolves around a myth that fighting anxiety may bring more stress to your life. But always remember fighting it like a warrior makes you stronger each day diminishing the stress level to its ultimate end.
Below are few helpful practices to adapt to beat anxiety.
Wipe Out Anxiety for Good
You do not want anxiety to plunge in your life goals again and again. If all the time you keep battling with anxiety when you are going to focus on the happiness in your life? You want to fight it once for all. You need to trust me on this! There is no gain in running away from your fears. Facing them will give you courage and they will eventually begin to fade.
For instance, you had a fear getting in the lift earlier today; you should get back into it until your fear is gone. Panic is just going to make it worse. So come on, let’s face it!
Spend Some Time Exercising
You have got absolutely no idea how important it is to exercise to sustain your mental health. It could not be emphasized enough. It is the most reliable and powerful tool to control and diminish anxiety. If you are not considering it, you are doing the least to become free from anxiety.
Take Deep Breaths
If you start feeling anxiety; your palms all sweating and your heartbeat getting faster, the best option does not rest in fighting.  Put your palm on your stomach and start breathing deeply and quite slowly. This will make you calm at the moment and will help you to overcome anxiety.
The Worst Thing to Happen
If you tend to imagine the worst thing that could happen to you, you have already won the half battle through. Imagining the worst does not shape up as reality but it makes you face your fear. The fear itself runs away when you tend to chase it.
Take Out Time for Yourself
Your mind does not perform the way it should perform when enveloped with anxiety. The first thing to do is to take out time for you to peace out. Distract yourself from all the worries by walking around the corner, making your favorite dish or chewing a gum. This will assist you to calm down physically.
Tips to Remember
Just remember you live only once so it is totally your choice; do you want anxiety to control your life? Or you are ready to face your fears with a courageous attitude. You certainly have the power to handle your fears and crush them down forever. You do not merely have to fight anxiety but you have to cure it forever. As beating anxiety will help you diminish it for the time being but curing it will leave it dead for the rest of your life. And let me tell you the warrior is right inside you!

Tips to overcome Depression

Life has become so hectic that out of 10 people 6 of them are leading a depressed life. Daily we deal with different types of situation. A death of someone whom you love, relationships, divorce, poor health etc can put anyone under depression. No matter how hard life can be, it continues to move on. If you are sad due to some problem and continue to think of that problem then it is only you who can fight back and live a happy life. Fighting with depression is not hard. If you have determined to fight depression then here are some tips to overcome depression.
Exercise mindfulness
Everything looks wrong when you are depressed and worry without cause about the negative possibilities that may arise in future. It is better to focus on the present moment. Someone rightly said that we should forget the past, live in the present. The more you focus on your present moment the less you worry about our future. Exercising mindfulness about different things leaves less time to worry about different things.
Listen to music
Music has the power to uplift your mood and soul. A sweet tune creates a positive vibe and changes the atmosphere quickly. Listen to happy music and think of the happy times. This will alter the chemistry of your brain and improve your mood.
The Magic of Touch Therapies
It has been proved that touch therapies can help to overcome the depression by increasing the good hormone oxytocin. Acupuncture, massage, reflexology, acupressure, and reiki are such therapies that can help to depression.
The Power of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Research says that lack of fatty acid such as EPA can lead to depression. This can lead to sleep disorders, anxiety, sadness and much more. Therefore, it is important to have Omega 3 fatty acids rich diet. Include flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon or tuna.
Connect with Friends
Who doesn’t like to spend time with their close friends? Yes, it is the best activity when you are feeling depressed. Go out with friends and spend time them. Talk about your life or relive some old memories. This will put a great positive effect on your mood.
 
Get Enough Sleep
There is a close connection between sleep and mood. Inadequate sleep can lead to stress, irritation. Taking a healthy sleep enhance mood and also lead to well being. Therefore, it is recommended to sleep 7.5-8 hours a day.
Do Exercise
Exercise is good to remain healthy. It also helps to fight depression. To improve your mood, d regular exercise as it releases endorphins that make the mood positive and also provide many health benefits. It protects against cancer, heart disease, and boost self-esteem. 30 minutes or brisk walking or some stretching is a good way to start your day.
Don’t Give Up
Lastly, don’t give up. Depression can make you feel isolated and you want to hide yourself from the world. To fight depression, you need to be strong and determined. Follow these tips to overcome your depression and live a happy life.

Aim towards the GOAL

Hindrances we see when we take our eyes off the goal ~anonymous
We should put all our efforts and aim at our goal and should not be affected by small obstructions which come in the way. By doing so we produce energy which helps us to aim at our goal. When ants leave their colonies, their aim is to return with food for them. All day ants stay focused on collecting food and does not give up until they find enough food. They are driven by the goal of providing for their fellow ants. Google’s statement of philosophy lists ten things the company must be true to. It is clear and has brought Google success.
  • Focus on the user and all else will follow your footsteps
  • It’s best to do one thing really, really well
  • Fast is better than slow
  • There’s always more information out there  Be ready to absorb as much information as you can.
  • Great just isn’t good enough. By staying focused on our vision and purpose, we are able to achieve success despite facing obstacles.
Hindrances are part and parcel of life. When we aim at the goal, hindrances doesn’t matter. In fact, they help us challenging ourselves and become opportunities. Every time one door closes, there’s always another door just next to it. So, where are we going to keep our eyes? Well, the answer is simple, we need to keep our eye on the opening door and not the closing door. Such is the case with corporate life.
If we find that things are getting unmanageable, we can break our tasks into smaller pieces. Our goals can be semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, or weekly.We can even further break down our weekly goals into daily goals.

Fidgets and Autism – How it helps?

Fidgets Spinners is new trend that has taken the world by storm. Parents with special kids have embraced these toys. From children to adults, there is a new trend of spinning fidgets is going around the world. The motion of this small toy provides a great sensory experience. It is reported by Washington’s Top News (WTOP) that fidgets are small toys that can be spun fast with fingers and meant for those kids with autism. Some companies are even advertising it as stress relievers.
What are Spinners?
A small toy called fidget spinners are three pronged devices. They have bearing in the center where you hold them. You need to flick one of the prongs and they will spin just like ceiling fan. This small device is made for kids with autism. These devices help such
kids to focus and help them to enhance their power of concentration.
Fidgets are perfect toys for kids who can follow rules. But are they really helpful for kids with Autism? Well, we know that kids who have autism often have difficulty in learning, focusing and it is hard to ignore these things. Every parent wants best for their kids. If the use of fidgets can be directed towards learning, then it will put a positive impact on both sides of the brain and help kids to improve their learning abilities. No doubt, people use fidgets mainly for play but if they are used for right things like focusing or learning them kids with autism can benefit a lot.
In research and different case studies, it has shown that learning is highly enhanced by sensory input and movement. When fidgets are introduced in the market, learning is quite enhanced that lead to the broad understanding of student learning and human cognition.
For instance, a study conducted in Georgia in the sixth-grade classroom and it shows positive effects of spinning fidgets. The students have shown great improvement and their writing score increased from 73% to 83% with the use of fidgets. Even students who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown great progress and their writing score increase to 27%.
In short, the user of fidgets gets an opportunity to hold something in their hands and focus on the task at hand. They are useful for students to improve their concentrating power and manage more tasks, remember information and plan work. The right use of fidgets really makes a positive impact to someone with autism.
Overall, fidgets are small in size and easy to use the toy and have attracted people of all ages. Kids with autism really benefit from them.

Happiness is about being positive!

Someone has rightly said “Happiness is about caring and being positive”. If you see things in positive manner you would be far away from negative energies and your inner self would be happy.
Some tips for being positive
  1. Balance Work-Life – Work life balance is an art of managing time. Channelizing your time by setting priorities can ensure you strike the right balance. As an employee we constantly think about work. It’s an integral part of our lives – like a fresh cup of morning tea. We work all around the year, but also ensure that we spend quality time with family.
  2. A happy and fit state of being – Being fit is all about carrying yourself well in body and mind. Few activities like running and yoga keeps us fit. It helps us in giving inner peace and a lot of patience to get going.
  3. Happiness High – Solving complex problems gives you high energy. Yes you read it right! When we start solving complex problem, we put lot of efforts to solve the problem and when it’s solved we are happy from within. It brings out positivity and confidence in you.
  4. Life challenges – I once read in a book that the road to success is through commitment and one needs strength to drive through the commitment when the road is rough.
Joy and Contentment can come from small and most unexpected things if only we program our mind to enjoy these little things.

Have a positive start of the day!

“Wake up with an attitude of gratitude.”
It’s still dark as your alarm bell goes off. You pull up the curtains and the cold winter is waiting for you outside of the window. As you stumble out of bed and into the shower a new day begins. So how can you make it more likely that it will be a good or even great day?
Well, in my experience, what you do early in the morning often sets the tone for the rest of the day.
One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day as each new day holds so much potential. The possibilities that today offers are so endless, so eagerly anticipate wonderful happenings.
Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
4 positive ways to start your day
Take decisions in the morning as the mind is clear. It is imperative to begin the day on a positive note, and this sets the base for a productive day.
Balance Your PH levels – The nature of the body is acidic. The safest way to balance it is by starting your day. By drinking a warm glass of water with a dash of lime. Start your morning with meditation and visualization.
Meditation is a powerful activity to focus our energies in the right direction.
Visualize your goals. Also, visualize the day ahead and see two most important goals achieved vividly in the mind. Everything does happen twice. First, in the mind and then in reality. By creating a clear picture in our mind, we can be closer to achieving it in reality in more or less the same manner.
Practice this and you will see your life change. Make sure you exercise an hour. It builds good hormones which can fuel the day towards positive things.

Open the Window and let the light enter

 

If someone has been a victim of violence, group conflicts, loss or abuse, the core experience is trauma. The sufferings one goes through surely leads to stress and trauma. These events leave deep scars on our soul, which continues to bleed for a lifetime.
 
Life seems to be stuffed with darkness and one finds the survival difficult. The victims always question themselves that why this has happened to them only and what they did to invite this misery. However, this can change if we adopt a spiritual attitude.
 
When things get difficult in adult life, the neural wiring developed from a love-filled childhood leads to increased emotional resilience in adult life. Conversely, those who grow up in an environment where loving care is unstable or absent are less likely to be resilient in the face of emotional distress.
 
If we can manage to be receptive to divine light despite being in a devastated state, the light will enter our being and resurrect us. Not only will it heal us, it will also transform us into an evolved being who has an unshakable faith in the Divine, and is prepared to take on challenges of life. One must be patient and never give up. If one can keep the faith and call intensely and repeatedly, the prayers will be heard.
 
Reaching out to and helping people who are suffering, heals us vicariously and gives a sense that we are not alone and singled out for misery. We need to constantly remind ourselves that there is so much more to our existence than just being helpless victims. Even in darkness, there is always a ray of hope; all we need to do is just open the window and let the light enter.

Autism Behavior Therapy

Autism Behavior Therapy

Children with Autism have the potential to learn, but they require teaching methods that are optimized for their needs. The most effective teaching methods available today for people on the autism spectrum have been developed within the science of ABA.Applied behavior analysis is the most researched intervention of autism. It is highly structured, scientific approach that teaches play, communication, and self-care, academic, and social living skills.There are a number of recent studies which confirm that applied behavior techniques are important for building life skills in teenagers and adults who have autism.It can also help children learn to replace the difficult behavior with more appropriate behavior, like using words to ask for an object rather than screaming. For example, the skills children learn might include using words and language, following instructions, taking turns, playing with others, toileting and dressing.At Therapeutic Alliance we provide support programs for children to learn necessary skills to be successful in home, school, and community and for adults to transition successfully into independent living and employment.Contemporary ABA programs emphasize positive reinforcement and include concern for the quality of relationship and social interaction.Therapeutic Alliance employs a spectrum of well-researched methods and programs that have their origins in ABA. Originally focused on speech acquisition, cognitive development, and behavior problems, various ABA programs and methods now incorporate concern for the ~quality of the relationship, social skills, leisure skills and other dimensions of the child’s life.

National Autism Awareness Month

April is the National Autism Awareness Month and April 2, 2017 is the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day. This month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. In the United States 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) are having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). And more than 3.5 million Americans live with this disorder.
Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.
What can we do for the kids and people with Autism?
  • Accept them as they are - Feeling unconditionally loved and accepted will help your child or family member more than anything else. Rather than focusing on how our kids and family members are different from others and what he or she is “missing,” practice acceptance. Enjoy the time with them, celebrate small successes, and stop comparing them to others.
  • Learn about autism - Figure out what triggers your kid’s or family member challenging or disruptive behaviors and what elicits a positive response. What does your child or family member find stressful or frightening? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable? If you understand their behavior, you’ll be better at troubleshooting problems and preventing or modifying situations that cause difficulties.
  • Don’t give up - It’s impossible to predict the course of autism spectrum disorder. Don’t jump to conclusions about what life is going to be like for your child or family members. Like everyone else, people with autism have an entire lifetime to grow and develop their abilities.
  • Love, rejoice and make breakthroughs - Once you get in sync with your child’s or family member’s world, find ways to gently broaden it. Enrich their experience. Give them physical activities they might not choose on their own so they can feel how their bodies move in space. Help them channel their special interests into skills. Build bridges between your way of experiencing and theirs. Help them expand their comfort zone and means of communicating. Give them room to find their own inner rhythms and feelings. Then step back, let their creativity flow, and celebrate.
We, at Therapeutic Alliance give complete support to families who have members with autism in order to improve the functional behaviors by integrating multi-disciplinary clinical and medical services.
Let’s support together the National Autism Awareness Month!

Parent- Child conflicts

 Parent and child conflicts can occur for many reasons. There is a generation gap between parents and children. Parents should understand the psychology of today’s children and children should understand that their parents are their caretakers and well-wishers and are way more capable and insightful.
As a child, you must not be obdurate and rigid while asking for something and should try to respect what their parents say. If you really think that they are being over indulging and not much practical, you should talk to them patiently and make them understand what do you think and why! I am sure if things are done in the right manner, you will get a way out. Sometimes when they do not say a yes, in spite of your attempts, you should embrace them. They sure want the best for you.
As a parent, we must uphold the fact that our child has started thinking and having their own opinions which you must not try to repudiate instantly and must not impose our thoughts onto them. They may have different viewpoint on different things which must be respected and given enough attention to. They have started taking on the world and it is very important for them to develop their wisdom power. However, you must be vigilant not to allow them something just because you love them. You have to say a NO when you know what they are demanding is not right.
“Let’s raise children who won’t have to recover from their childhoods.”