Mental Health Tips for Teachers in Pennsylvania

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Published on: May 17, 2021

What a year it has been for teachers—an occupation held primarily by women— in Pennsylvania and around the world. Teachers have been forced to be more flexible and creative than ever before, not to mention all the complications that come from teaching from home while also parenting. Teachers feel overwhelmed, worried about their student’s wellbeing, and helpless as they face a desire to teach while also wanting to be safe. Stress levels have been at an all-time high, with a Los Angeles Times article reporting teachers experiencing symptoms of secondary trauma. Teacher burnout is becoming more common with anxiety and… Continue Reading This Article

How Counselors Keep Their Mental Health in Check

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Published on: May 3, 2021

Mental health professionals have bad days too. We have days where we feel like a rollercoaster of emotions. We often feel overwhelmed and struggle to “catch our breath.” We face emotional challenges just like the rest of the world. After all, we are human, and things happen.  This past year the need to focus on mental health has been more apparent than ever. Life threw us all quite a curveball, forcing us to change our lives in big ways—whether we wanted to or not. Even the most stable person had times of struggle during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As we enter… Continue Reading This Article

Mom, You Don’t Need to Be a Superhero

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Published on: April 20, 2021

Mom, you are killing yourself trying to be everything to everyone.  You feel like you have to be the master of all your roles. Oh, the roles. There are so many of them: cook, chauffeur, nurse, teacher, authoritarian, maid, personal shopper, talent manager, dream catcher, cruise director, and on and on and on. Well, I am here to tell you otherwise. You don’t need to be the master of all your roles. You don’t need to be a superhero. In fact, being Supermom is impossible. There is no such thing and trying to be one is only going to hurt… Continue Reading This Article

The Many Benefits of Taking a Walk in Pennsylvania

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Published on: April 5, 2021

Have you ever noticed how you feel after you take a walk? If you were stressed before you started moving, chances are you felt much better after. With National Walking Day coming up on April 7 and having just passed the start of Spring here in Pennsylvania, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the benefits of taking a walk.  Most of us know the typical reasons to take a walk— like reducing weight and improving heart health— but the act of walking can do so much more for our lives.  It calms the brain.  Simply… Continue Reading This Article

How Anxiety Isolates Your Teen in PA

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Published on: March 16, 2021

Anxiety can cause your teen to feel a lot of things — excessive worry, agitated, restless, fatigued, unable to concentrate, irritability, unable to sleep, fearful, and isolated. Anxious teens often feel lonely and alone. They fear what they are going through is unique to them—no one else is suffering through the same thing. We know this isn’t true (about 1 in 3 teens struggle with anxiety) but to them, they are the only one in their circle of friends or at their school that is up all night worrying.  Anxiety in and of itself causes the sufferer to want to… Continue Reading This Article

How to Overcome the Stress of Becoming an Adult During a Pandemic

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Published on: February 25, 2021

You graduated from high school, went off to college, or got a job, whatever path you chose—now is the time in your life that you are becoming an adult. It is a time you have looked forward to, planned for, and thought about for many years. You may have been excited and unsure of how to navigate this newfound freedom, and then a pandemic hits.  Now, what are you supposed to do? You are faced with a whole different kind of stress than you have ever experienced. How are you supposed to navigate this time in your life? How are… Continue Reading This Article

An Open Letter To The Friends and Family of a Woman with Postpartum Depression

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Published on: February 12, 2021

Dear partners, friends, and family of a woman with postpartum depression: I know these times are confusing and scary but they will get better.  You are navigating life with a new baby. You are in the midst of sleepless nights, rigorous feeding schedules, and extreme joy as you soak up your little miracle. But the woman who gave birth to this bundle of joy is off, something isn’t right. You look at that woman you thought you knew so well, but suddenly you don’t recognize, and you might be feeling scared. She might be crying a lot, treating you differently… Continue Reading This Article

9 Things Women Who’ve Found Peace Believe

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Published on: February 3, 2021

These days it can feel like we, as women, are pulled in a million different directions at once — caregiver, housekeeper, cook, school teacher, taxi driver, house manager, career, etc. It is no surprise that we often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and anxious. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a way to find peace in your life—it all comes down to your perception and the way you approach the day-to-day.  At Move Forward we have compiled a list of things women who have found internal peace believe. These are rules they follow in their lives to limit… Continue Reading This Article

Doing Postpartum in a Pandemic: What a Pennsylvania therapist wants you to know

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Published on: January 22, 2021

The postpartum period is a time of bonding, beauty, shifting hormones, changing identity, and intense sleep deprivation. The weeks after birth can be an overwhelming and stressful time. Add to that a global pandemic and things can be even more challenging.  What can you do to make things easier on yourself? How do you postpartum during a pandemic with ease?  Establish a Postpartum Community  Humans are social people. We crave community, especially when it comes to motherhood. It is important to have an emotional, physical, and mental support system. This could mean some added preparation to make sure you have… Continue Reading This Article

How to Prepare Your Space for Online Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Published on: January 5, 2021

With all that has been going on in the world, mental health is more important than ever. But, with counseling services moved primarily to online platforms how do you make sure you get the most out of your session? One of the most important things to consider, other than your internet connection, is where you do your session. You want to feel as comfortable as possible in the space you are in so that you can freely open up to your therapist. How can you prepare your space for online therapy in Pennsylvania?  1.) Choose a space you feel safe and… Continue Reading This Article