How to Help Your Child with the Disappointment of Having Everything Canceled

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Published on: March 31, 2020

Schools are closed and workplaces but that is not all — birthday parties, sports games, the school play, extracurricular activities, playdates, trips to visit family are all on hold for now. The major life alterations that have had to happen because of Covid-19 are disappointing both for parents and their children. How do you explain things to your children? How do you help your child through this mound of disappointment?  It is a difficult situation, to say the least. We have all dealt with the occasional snow day or telling our children they can’t attend a birthday party because of… Continue Reading This Article

Coping with Anxiety and Staying Connected During Covid-19

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These are days many of us never expected to see. We are in unprecedented/uncertain times. They feel a little crazy and surreal. Our lives are literally on hold while this Covid-19 global health emergency threatens our families, careers, our world as we know it. It is all very scary and can stir up a variety of uncomfortable feelings.  How do you cope when you haven’t been faced with anything like this before? How are you supposed to get through?  First things first—breathe. It is not all bad. Think about the positives in your life and then focus on taking things… Continue Reading This Article

How Do You Know When To Start Therapy?

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Published on: March 17, 2020

People have a lot of questions when it comes to therapy. When should I start? How do I know if it will help? Do I have to have a lot to talk about? Are my problems big enough? What will I have to do? Will people think I am crazy? How will it help?  These concerns are understandable. If you don’t know much about therapy, it can be difficult to know what to expect. It is different than when you schedule an oil change for your car, or even a regular doctor’s appointment. That tends to have some degree of… Continue Reading This Article

Your Guide to Accessing Telehealth Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Published on: March 15, 2020

Our lives as we know it changed rapidly last week with the detection of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. Now that the schools are closed and some counties are on quarantine, your options to continue or start mental health treatment may appear to be limited. But there is another way for people to continue to receive services, even while they are at home, and that is through online therapy or “telehealth.” Fortunately, another change happened this week that was a positive response by the insurance companies in light of the coronavirus — they lifted the barriers for healthcare providers to offer… Continue Reading This Article

Ending the Social Media Comparison Game

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Published on: March 4, 2020

Have you ever felt inadequate, unsuccessful, discouraged, or just plain bad about yourself after getting off social media? Maybe you don’t feel like you are enough. Maybe you feel like you aren’t doing as much as your friends or family. Or, maybe you are wondering why your relationships don’t look the same as others.  The rise of social media over the past decade has led to a culture of comparing and contrasting. We are so used to seeing the “successes” of others on the internet that we fear we aren’t living our best life. We are constantly questioning our life… Continue Reading This Article

Avoiding Workplace Burnout: The Modern Health Concern

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Published on: February 19, 2020

As a culture, we have been conditioned to think that we should be working all the time. Our phones are constantly with us. We respond to emails the second they come in. It never stops. Ultimately leading us to exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, stress, anxiety, and depression (because all we feel like we are doing is working). We are suffering from burnout.  Workplace burnout has become so common that the World Health Organization recently classified it as an “occupational phenomenon” on its International Classification of Diseases. WHO classifies burnout as a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has… Continue Reading This Article

What Do You Do When You Realize You’ve Stopped Caring?

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Published on: February 5, 2020

The other day I came across a social media post, it said — what do you do when you realize you’ve stopped caring? It got me thinking. This is the time of the year, the cold, dreary, winter months when we tend to lose touch with ourselves. We stop caring. We might feel stuck, bored, and unmotivated to do anything to make a change. Some of us might get pulled into a vice of our choice — comfort food, alcohol, trashy TV, etc. These moments in life are normal. We all have times when we are “in a rut,” moments when… Continue Reading This Article

How to Support a Loved One With Depression

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Published on: January 20, 2020

When you love a person, you want to be able to help them. When that person has depression, it can be hard to know exactly what to do or say that will make things better. It can leave you feeling discouraged and helpless.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Educating yourself on what depression is and how it manifests itself, and learning ways to show support can help.  Educate Yourself Depression is an internal battle. It is a disease that can come and go. There are times when it is in full gear and other times when symptoms… Continue Reading This Article

Tips to Help You Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

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Published on: January 6, 2020

We have all heard the phrase before, “don’t cry over spilled milk.” But, just because we have heard it doesn’t mean we are doing it. We spend a lot of time worrying about the small things in our lives, the things that really aren’t worth the time and energy they take up. Does it really matter if you are five minutes late for dinner? Did that traffic jam this afternoon destroy your mood for the rest of the day? Are you having a bad hair day?  We know these things are not really important in the grand scheme of life,… Continue Reading This Article

Why It Is Ok To Say “No” This Holiday Season

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Published on: December 18, 2019

I saw a social media post the other day that said, “It’s almost time to switch from my everyday anxiety to my fancy Christmas anxiety.” This time of the year evokes a lot of different emotions, and if you are already an anxiety-prone person it can make things that much more difficult. But, no matter who you are, I think we can all agree that the holidays are stressful. To make things less stressful this year, consider saying “no.”  Embrace the fact that you are in charge of your own life. Set boundaries with your friends and family. YOU are… Continue Reading This Article