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 Boredom is Good for Mental Health

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Published on: June 14, 2021

We hear it often from our kids — “I’m so bored.” As parents, you might dread those words, “you have so much you can do, why are you bored?” As adults, you might welcome boredom or you might dread it.  Generally, boredom is viewed as an unpleasant emotional state, characterized by feelings of restlessness, dissatisfaction, and mental fatigue. We often have a strong desire to escape boredom, to find anything to occupy our mind. There is a tendency to run to outside stimulation — such as watching tv or playing video games when bored.  Despite having the desire to run… 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

This Mindset Shift Could Help You Feel More Peace

Published on: October 7, 2020

We all have different internal struggles that cause us stress and anxiety, making it difficult to find peace. Maybe it is worrying about self-image—our weight, the clothes we wear, our hair color, etc. Maybe it is concern over what others are thinking—did I say the wrong thing? Did I make that person mad? Or, maybe it is a burning desire for something “bigger” in life—career success, family, home, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, wanting things in life is a good source of motivation to make positive changes. But, when we are constantly wishing for something different, it is hard to… 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 Practicing Gratitude Can Help You Be Happier

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Published on: November 20, 2019

We know of Thanksgiving as the holiday of shoveling mounds of turkey, stuffing, and pie into our mouths but it is also about being thankful. Gratitude is a practice that can do wonders for your mood, your outlook on life and your overall happiness when embraced year-round. There is always something in your life to be thankful for, you just have to identify it.  Shifting Your Focus To Joy So much of the time we focus on the bad things going on. We fall into the realm of feeling like a victim even if the bad only took up a small… Continue Reading This Article

Mindfulness and Movement: Disconnecting Outdoors

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Published on: June 3, 2019

I once listened to a podcast about mindfulness running. A frequent music and podcast listener, the thought was a bit foreign to me at the time. I mean, who doesn’t want to escape into a song or a story while doing their workout.  The podcast suggested putting the music away, leaving the earbuds at home, and instead focusing on the movement of your feet, the sound of the birds overhead, the wind hitting the trees, the sun on your face, etc. It stressed the necessity of being focused on the present and not letting your mind wander. It is easy… Continue Reading This Article

The Benefits of Slowing Down

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Published on: February 25, 2019

We are all busy, it seems. Constantly preoccupied with what’s coming next, planning for the next event, the next big life goal, always trucking along, moving forward. While it is good to plan things out and work on achieving goals, sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down. Our lives are happening right in front of us and many of us are missing it. We are so busy worrying about what is coming next, what we should be doing, that we are missing the moments we are part of currently. Slowing down is a challenge for many of us…. Continue Reading This Article

Don’t Let the Food Win: Tips to kick emotional eating during the holidays

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Published on: November 12, 2017

The holiday season can be great—it can be full of happy moments, celebrating, love, and cherished family time. But, it can also bring rise to unpleasant feelings of loss, regret, depression, or being overwhelmed. If you are an emotional eater the holiday season can be a big trigger especially with the abundance of savory and sweet options. Emotional eaters turn to food to numb their feelings—and many times without even realizing it they find themselves mindlessly nibbling during moments of stress. The problem tends to be exaggerated during this season when food is plentiful, and options might be different from… Continue Reading This Article

Getting Motivated: Tips to get you started

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Published on: November 2, 2017

Counselors hear it all the time — “I want to make changes, but I am not motivated.” In order to improve your life and your mental health, you need to put in the effort. A little work can go a long way to a happier, healthier you. Making the change So how do you get motivated to take charge, to make the change? Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Educate yourself on the human brain: The same way the brain produces adrenaline when faced with trouble, it also releases happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine. These hormones… Continue Reading This Article