Category: Mental Health

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The Power of Journaling

There is a strong connection between mindfulness and wellness. Mindfulness is the act of calling the mind to attention in the present moment, focusing on what is happening in the now. This process involves switching from passively engaging with thoughts and actively observing and experiencing them. Journaling is a mindfulness activity with multiple benefits including processing experiences, increasing self-awareness, improving self-confidence, all of which … Read More The Power of Journaling

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How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

Social restriction due to the pandemic is already challenging for many, and can be even more isolating if a loved one tests positive for COVID. How can you support someone who has tested positive for COVID? 1.        Make a call. One of the easiest first steps to help someone connect is to reach out and call them to see how they’re doing. While sending … Read More How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

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How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

Dealing with a breakup is difficult which can result in a resurgence of habits that take a toll on our mental health. Managing a breakup in an empowered way helps us to deal with hurt in a positive and productive way as opposed to taking the pain out on ourselves. Self-care is key. If your best friend called you and told you they broke … Read More How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

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Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

Kids are very intelligent and naturally curious. If you or someone in your family struggles with a mental illness, there is a good chance that your child has some understanding of what that means. It is important to have conversations about mental health with children early, as confusion, misunderstanding, and misinterpretation can cause them a significant amount of distress. For example, if a parent … Read More Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

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Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health

An emotional support animal is any animal that provides comfort by being with a person who needs them. These animals have not been trained to perform a specific task, which means that they are not synonymous with service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. While emotional support animals do not require specific training, they should be well-mannered in public. If they … Read More Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health

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COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

How has COVID-19 affected children? COVID-19 has robbed children and adolescents of predictability, which is an important stabilizing factor in daily life for kids. Uncertainty, social isolation, parental stress, etc. all have an impact on the mental health of our children, especially those with previously diagnosed mental health conditions. There are many new worries that children are now faced with including whether or not … Read More COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

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Depression 101: FAQ, What Not to Say, & How to be Supportive

What are the symptoms of depression and what can cause it?  Depression feels like there is no pleasure or joy in life. It’s so much more than being sad. Depression robs people of things they once loved, and for many people they feel like nothing will bring them joy again. Concentration and focus becomes much more difficult, which can makes any kind of decision … Read More Depression 101: FAQ, What Not to Say, & How to be Supportive

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9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

2020 has been a whirlwind of new challenges and hardship. In a year that has been filled with sad, dark, and at times depressing days we need a resolution remix for 2021. Below are some new takes on an old tradition to help kick start the new year off right. Kick deprivation to the curb. Many of us have tried strict dieting in the … Read More 9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

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6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

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Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

There’s nothing like the holidays and a new year around the corner to remind us that 2020 is almost over. This year let’s try to take nothing for granted. Especially since millions of Americans will soon sit down to a holiday meal with one or more loved ones missing. Those empty chairs are a reminder of what we have endured this year. Whether it … Read More Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

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What Presidential Elections Can Teach Us About Losing Gracefully

For the winner of any election, the moment of victory brings joy, applause, laughter, relief, and often champagne. Losing the presidency, however, is felt like a crushing defeat. The hours of travel, giving speeches, campaigning, fundraising, stress, and sleepless nights are all for naught. The feeling of defeat is experienced by the candidate and their support staff, family, and the millions of people who … Read More What Presidential Elections Can Teach Us About Losing Gracefully

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The Many Firsts of the 2020 Election

There is something special about being a “first.” First to go to college; first to start a business; first write a book, etc. Becoming the first person to achieve something is remarkable because it sets a precedent for what is possible. What once seemed unattainable is now alive and well in living color. Kamala Harris has made history as the first female vice president-elect … Read More The Many Firsts of the 2020 Election