Climate Change + Mental Health: 8 Ways to Take Action

This is a guest article by Abigail Dean | ecofairytales.com. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.”  – a quote commonly miscredited to Charles Darwin  Evidence supporting climate change is now undeniable and many people are already starting to see the consequences.  The 2019 United Nations Climate Summit in New York identified climate change as “the defining issue of our time.”  The International Psychoanalytical Association recognizes climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.”2 I’m an average millennial with feet craving distant soil, a mind wandering through a digital age, and a passionate heart for making the world a better place.  As a child I nurtured …

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

If you have a fear of going to the dentist then you’re not alone. It’s estimated that one in six adults has a fear of visiting the dentist. This figure reduces to one in ten for children. The truth is that the figures don’t matter, if you’re anxious about the dentist then you’re going to miss out on the basic treatment you may need to look after your teeth and preserve them for life. That’s why you need to overcome your anxiety.   It is worth noting that consistently elevated anxiety levels have been linked with a variety of age-related diseases.  It’s another good reason to overcome your dental anxiety. Choose The Right Dentist There is probably more than one dentist in your town …

4 Ways to Overcome Anxiety and Learn to Love Your Doctor Visits

Fear keeps many people from going to the doctor — fear of the unknown, fear of a bad diagnosis, fear of feeling vulnerable, etc. But for about 3% of the population, going to the doctor is an actual phobia. Whatever the reason, fear of physicians causes far too many people to take a reactive, hands-off approach to maintaining their health. Before I had a major health scare, I was one of those people. I made every excuse to avoid visiting the doctor. I was a 37-year-old CEO with young kids. I didn’t have any chronic or debilitating conditions. I would have plenty of time to prioritize my health later in life. I ended up in the hospital with chest pains and …

Overcoming Atelophobia, the Fear of Being ImperfectPick the Brain

What is your biggest irrational fear? For many, it’s the fear of snakes, spiders, heights, or closed spaces. But for others, their greatest fear is not being perfect. If you are constantly stressed by the pursuit of perfection or find your perfectionism to be paralyzing, you may have atelophobia. Learn how this extreme form of perfectionism can diminish your life and health, and what you can do about it. What Is Atelophobia? Atelophobia is defined as the morbid fear of imperfection in oneself. (1)The word atelophobia is derived from the Greek words atelès which means “imperfect” or “incomplete” and phóbos which means “fear” or “panic.”Atelophobia, like other phobias, is an anxiety disorder. People with this disorder are called atelophobes. Atelophobes …