Coping with Holiday Get-Together Pressure from Family

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Published on: November 16, 2021

Thanksgiving is upon us and the pressure from family and friends is mounting, but the pandemic is still here—what do you do? A year ago, many of us thought that would be our only “Covid Christmas” but here we are now and there is still no safety guarantee.  If you are unsure of what you should do and are struggling with pressure from family or friends to continue with plans, as usual, you are not alone. You must check-in with yourself and determine what you really want to do. What are you comfortable with? What will cause you the least… Continue Reading This Article

The Healing Benefits of Kindness

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Published on: November 2, 2021

World Kindness Day is approaching on November 13 and it got me thinking about all the benefits of being kind — not just to the receiver of kindness but to the giver. We could all use a little more kindness these days, that’s for sure.  We are born into this world biologically wired to be kind to others. As children, kindness is part of us and it is something that can be further developed with repetition and practice—just like any life skill. As we have grown up and been exposed to society, life stressors, and other outside influences being kind… Continue Reading This Article

What Not to Say to Someone with Depression

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Published on: October 19, 2021

It is hard to navigate support for someone with depression. You want the person to feel better and you don’t want to make things worse but you might not know how to approach them or what to say. Without even realizing it you might be tempted to say some things that are not helpful or are even hurtful. Before we go into what not to say to someone with depression we must talk about what depression is. When someone is depressed they aren’t just feeling sad or sorry for themselves, generally, they are impacted by a chemical/hormonal brain imbalance, faulty… Continue Reading This Article

Why You Should Be Taking Mental Health Days

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Published on: October 1, 2021

Your mental health is as critical as your physical health, some may even argue it is more critical depending on the situation, so why are we not taking mental health days? If you have a stomach bug or a migraine you probably aren’t thinking twice about calling into work. Yet, when we feel stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, or burnt-out we keep on trucking, keep pushing through.  The thing is when we do that, when we keep pushing through our mental health struggles instead of taking the time to relieve them, we only compound what we are feeling, ultimately bringing us down… Continue Reading This Article

Do You Have a Healthy Relationship With Food?

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Published on: September 14, 2021

What kind of relationship do you have with food? Do you have a healthy relationship with food? Is it a love-hate kind of thing? Is it a comfort thing? Is food the first thing you turn to when you are feeling stressed, sad, bored, or anxious? Do you deprive yourself of the things you love? Or is it more of a rollercoaster? Some days, weeks months everything is great, you eat healthily, you feel great, and other days it is a free-for-all—give me all the cookies, candy, and pizza you can find!  Having a healthy relationship with food is important… Continue Reading This Article

10 Suicide Warning Signs: What Should You Look For

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Published on: September 1, 2021

There is no better time than now to talk about the warning signs of suicide—September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a leading cause of death, and sadly it is increasing. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 34-54, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54. It impacts all ages, genders, and nationalities. Half the battle in preventing suicide is knowing what to look for. It can be easy in our busy lives to overlook warning signs, especially when we don’t know they are warning… Continue Reading This Article

Back-to-School Anxiety Tips for Teachers

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Published on: August 17, 2021

Back-to-school is an exciting time for teachers but this year you may be feeling more anxiety than year’s past. There is still so much uncertainty surrounding health protocols with the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine requirements. If you didn’t teach in person last year you may also be struggling with how you are going to engage and help your students through this ever-changing time.  If you are a teacher who is also a parent you may be faced with other issues than your classroom—child care, helping your child through anxieties and fears, and making the right choices for your family.  Self-care,… Continue Reading This Article

Tips for Combating Back-to-School Anxiety

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Published on: August 1, 2021

With the start of the school year just a few weeks away you and/or your child may be feeling some back-to-school anxiety. This upcoming school year will again be different than past years bringing a whole flood of emotions. Not to mention, for those who spent all of last year at home learning, the transition back might be a bit challenging.  The underlying emotion of anxiety is uncertainty. And, boy have we had a lot of that these past many months. It is hard to know what things will look like come New Year’s or next Spring. What we do… Continue Reading This Article

How to Live a Simpler Life in Pennsylvania 

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Published on: July 13, 2021

Burnout has become a way of life in our society. We are constantly feeling stressed, bogged down, and overwhelmed. We are forgetful, plagued with anxiety over all the things, and struggling to be happy. What if you could live a simpler life in Pennsylvania?  Changing your life to be more simple can have several health benefits — reduced anxiety, slower aging, and stronger immunity (the less stressed we are the better our immune systems are). But, it can be difficult to get off the “hamster wheel,” as some would say, and get on with an easier existence.  Here are some tips… Continue Reading This Article

Why Decluttering is Good for Your Mental Health

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Published on: July 1, 2021

Have you ever looked at a space in your home and instantly felt anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed? Have you ever cleaned a room and felt relieved, calm, and more focused? This is the difference between a cluttered, messy space and an organized, cleaned space. Decluttering can have major benefits for your mental health.  When things are out of our control in our lives, often we feel anxious and overwhelmed. Cleaning and decluttering a space is a way of putting you back in control. It can be extremely cathartic and helpful for your mental wellbeing.  Some of the benefits of decluttering… Continue Reading This Article