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Continuing the COVID-19 Conversation with Children

Continuing the COVID-19 Conversation with Children

Continuing the conversation with your children regarding COVID-19 can seem confusing and stressful at times.  With as much fear and anxiety as adults feel, remember that children have their own concerns that they need help processing. With mindful, age appropriate conversations and positive behaviors, some of the fear and anxiety your children feel can be … Read More

Improving Mental Health with Healthy Relationships

Improving Mental Health with Healthy Relationships

As social creatures, we depend on contact with others to survive. Our self-awareness drives us to connect with others and form caring relationships. This desire isn’t limited to romantic relationships, but also includes our relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Since we spend the majority of our time around others, its important to maintain positive … Read More

The Interplay Between Health & Financial Wellness

The Interplay Between Health & Financial Wellness

Believe it or not, financial stress can have an impact on your physical health. The connection between the two can have a larger effect than you might think. While we’ve all faced stress in various aspects of our lives, financial stress can often be chronic. Connection of Physical & Financial Stress Financial stress is an … Read More

Why is Mental Health Important

Why is Mental Health Important

What is mental health? Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act as you cope with life. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. … Read More

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Understanding Gratitude

Gratitude is a positive emotion that occurs when you understand and acknowledge that the positive experiences you have in life, small or large, are not owed to you but are gifts. It is the opposite of taking things for granted. The experience of this emotion on a regular basis has been shown to have very … Read More

Battling Stress and Depression During the Holidays

Battling Stress and Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — shopping, cleaning and baking, to name just a few. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have drastically changed any holidays plans. With some practical tips, you can minimize the … Read More

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Reasons to Go Tobacco-Free

When a strong craving hits, it can be easy to lose sight of the benefits of quitting. You might lose your focus, but there is no good reason to use tobacco. Remind yourself of the rewards of quitting to help yourself stay on track. 20 minutes: heart rate and blood pressure drop 2 weeks-3 months: … Read More

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Owning Your Feelings

It can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with, but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. The following are some tips for success: Allow yourself to … Read More

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World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues and creating positive changes that support people, improve mental health outcomes and eliminate stigma. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better … Read More

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Maintaining Connections While Social Distancing

Connecting with other people is a part of our biological programming. We seek out human interaction when we are stressed or challenged. Our instinct is to gather in groups to shield us from mental and physical harm. Now, we are faced with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is recommended for the health … Read More

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Preserving Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

The attention of the world is focused on measures to lessen the transmission and economic effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to this rapidly changing situation, media and social conversations are dominated by the pandemic. Children are exposed to so much information and high levels of stress and anxiety in adults. At the same time, … Read More

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COVID-19 Blues or Something More?

Coronavirus restrictions continue and we have yet to return to our previous normal, despite attempts. It’s easy to feel lonely when so many people are staying close to home, avoiding gatherings and many businesses are shuttered. For people who experience anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, the strain of isolation is particularly heavy. A … Read More