Self-care

Coping With Traumatic Events During the Holidays

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Published on: December 1, 2021

The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. For those with a history of trauma, it can be a major trigger, causing many trauma-related symptoms. Besides closing yourself off from the world and ignoring the season altogether, what are some healthier ways you can cope with traumatic events this holiday season? First off, if you are struggling with traumatic events or mental health consider seeking the help of a licensed counselor, therapist, or mental health professional. Online therapy can be a great tool to access the help you need from anywhere. At Move Forward, we serve clients from around… 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

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

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

Tips for Combating Post-Pandemic Anxiety

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Published on: June 1, 2021

As Pennsylvania, and the world, begins to re-open after over a year of being shut down it is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. It is no wonder that many of us are struggling with anxiety, grief, and uncertainty as things change—yet again. We have all just been through a traumatic event—the world as we knew it dramatically changed. Post-pandemic anxiety is very real. If you are nervous about returning to work after working from home, waking up earlier to face long commuting times into Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, or your Pennsylvania city, or attending obligatory social events like birthdays and weddings,… Continue Reading This Article

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

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