When the Holidays aren’t so Happy

For many adults and children, the holidays are anything but merry and bright. Whether they resurface past trauma or leave you panicking on the drive over to your mother-in-law’s home, the holidays can wreak havoc on mental health. Bringing Up Past Trauma The holiday season can be filled with triggers of past trauma, from the sound of traditional Christmas carols to the smell of turkey cooking...

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Keep Your Kids off the Naughty List this Holiday Season

Holiday shopping is one of the most stressful parts of the season, and it’s even more stressful when you have to bring children along. To help your children stay on the nice list and steer clear of coal in their stocking, managing your child’s behavior and routine is essential. Stick to a Routine Whenever Possible During the holiday season and winter break, it’s easy to throw routines by...

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Beyond the Turkey

Thanksgiving is about more than wrangling the turkey out of the oven and politely chatting with your aunts and uncles. In fact, the true reason for the holiday is in the name—giving thanks. While it’s great to be thankful for the many blessings you have one day a year, the practice of gratitude is essential for the remaining 364 days as well. What Is Gratitude? Gratitude is a way of life...

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Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s!

If you’re a high school or college student, how do you feel when you get a C? If you’re like many students you feel frustrated, wish that it was a B and resolve to do better on the next exam. However, if you are a perfectionist, a less-than-perfect score on an assignment can mean depression, anxiety and a whole host of other negative feelings. Academic Perfectionism Academic perfectionists...

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Did YOU See What She Was Wearing?

Comparing your accomplishments, appearance and belongings to those of others is an age-old problem, but social media makes it easier than ever before. On a Friday night, you’ll see tagged photos on Facebook, filtered images on Instagram and getting ready videos on Snapchat, all before the events you are missing out on even begin! It’s hard to be comfortable with yourself when you are so...

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Cause of Death: Boredom

When was the last time you were bored? Sitting at a red traffic light waiting for it to turn? Waiting in line at the coffee shop? Now more than ever, teenagers and adults are unable to deal with brief periods of boredom without pulling out their phones to open an app. In a world of more information than ever before, the boredom epidemic is growing. Our Minds Are More Active Than Ever The boredom...

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Mommies and Daddies get Anxious too; The Two Way Street of Separation Anxiety

Fall is here, which means that children are boarding buses headed to school while college students move into their dorms. While the back to school period is very exciting, it can also lead to separation anxiety for both parents and students. A new year is full of optimism and uncertainty, which means proper separation anxiety management is essential. Parents and Children Both Experience...

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Fill ‘er Up!

  “Optimists build aeroplanes, pessimists build parachutes” The glass half empty or glass half full conundrum has been asked to generations of adults in the office, at home and at restaurants. We’re joking about the last one! It’s widely accepted that we should all see the glass of water as half full, but putting that mentality into practice is easier said than done. Many...

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Technology – a Double Edged Sword

Even though it’s called social media, apps like Facebook and Instagram might be negatively impacting your mental health and relationships. It is important to have family time without technology every day to boost your social connections and improve your overall well-being. If technology has taken over the way that you interact with the world around you, it’s time to unplug and...

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Take Back Control of Your Summer Plans

Summer is the best time of year for cookouts, catching up with family, barbecues and pool parties. However, if you are one of the thousands of people coping with Social Anxiety Disorder, it can feel like one scary event after another. Instead of letting Social Anxiety Disorder dictate your summer schedule, use these tips to manage your anxiety and enjoy your summer.   Prepare Before going to...

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