Growth

Problem Solving Skills for Kids

Problem Solving is an Important Skill According to biglifejournal.com, when faced with a challenge, kids with problem solving skills manage their emotions, think creatively and persist until they find a solution.  Kids who are able to solve problems on their own tend to be happier, more confident and more independent.  All things we want for…

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Academic Burnout

Whether you’ve experienced it personally or not, the mention of burnout usually brings out a sense of dread. Those who have yet to start their careers may be less familiar with the concept or feeling, even if they recognize the term. Burnout is classically considered an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization, which means…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

Let’s start with what the coping toolkit is: Therapists and other mental health professionals often talk about the “toolkit” or “toolbox”.  The purpose of this coping toolkit is to help with anxiety or depression symptoms. This is a wonderful metaphor if you know what it means and how to use it appropriately.  A coping toolkit…

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Tips to Manage a Mental Health Crisis

What can you do to help someone else in crisis? A crisis can be anything that we define as more than we can handle in that moment, requiring backup or additional help. A mental health crisis is an event or episode that causes someone to feel as though their mental health is out of control.…

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My Three-Year-Old is Acting Like a Teen!!

Typical Three-Year-Old Behaviors and How to Adjust to Your Threenager. We are all familiar with the “terrible twos” concept; the tantrums and struggles a 2-year-old may present can be challenging for sure. You are a brave, strong parent when you realize you and your family have survived the terrible twos. There is a sigh of…

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It’s Time to Revisit Your Boundaries

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us had to decide what our boundaries were for ourselves (and our households) to social distance while continuing to run errands and maintain a social life. With half of the country being vaccinated and the recent guidelines from the CDC, now is a good time to reassess…

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Savoring: A New Mindfulness Method

Research has shown there are many benefits to mindfulness. It can decrease stress and improve overall mood and increase creativity and focus.  It improves your overall health and, specifically, your immune system.    Mindfulness can also slow aging and memory loss.  Honestly, the benefits of mindfulness almost seem too good to be true.  We should all…

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Sleep and Mental Health

Rest has tremendous implications for our mental and physical health. We need sleep to survive, but we also need sleep to thrive. We can tolerate a lack of sleep to an extent, but, eventually, our bodies will take over and we will fall asleep. Our bodies and minds need rest to function in the ways…

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

When you look at a list of benefits of meditative practice, it almost sounds too good to be true. If you hear the word “meditation” and think “that’s not for me,” “I can never get my thoughts to quiet down,” or “I don’t have time for that,” you are far from alone. You might picture…

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The Dangers of Toxic Positivity

Chances are you’ve seen a meme saying something along the lines of “Positive Vibes Only” On the surface, this mindset sounds pretty great. In reality, it’s what is sometimes referred to as “Toxic Positivity”. Toxic positivity is when you ignore negative aspects of your life, using exclusively positive affirmations and not allowing negative thoughts or…

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