Reducing Stress

Delta Disappointment

(August 30, 2022) Just a few short months ago, COVID 19 seemed to be all but a thing of the past. Mask mandates were being lifted for those who were fully vaccinated, get togethers were resuming in safe ways, hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients, and overall COVID 19 numbers were dropping. Then came…

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Academic Burnout

(August 4, 2021) 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…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

(August 2, 2021) 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. …

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Anxiety or Panic?

(July 23, 2021) What is this feeling? Anxiety or panic can strike at any age. It can be especially hard to handle and cope with for  children or teens. The gut wrenching feeling slowly moving its way into your throat; making it hard to breathe, think, feel, or even speak. The big questions are always: …

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Tips for Taking Control of Your Sleep

What is “Revenge Sleep”? I recently read an article in the Washington Post entitled, “Tips to stop ‘revenge bedtime procrastination.’” I was fascinated that yet another side effect of the recent pandemic has led to something harmful to our health. Time and time again, we are inundated with news reports and magazine articles about what…

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In Person Learning After Covid-19

In just about one month, most local schools will be kicking off the start of the 2021/2022 school year. With lower positivity rates and a significant portion of the population being vaccinated, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is encouraging all schools to return to in-person learning if at all possible.  But what exactly…

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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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A Study in FOMO

If you haven’t heard of FOMO, you’ve been missing out (pun intended). FOMO has been widely experienced (and even researched!) and refers to the Fear Of Missing Out. It can affect anyone for multiple reasons, but the phenomenon is largely due to social media use: seeing pictures of our peers doing fun things makes us…

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Dear Class of 2020 Parents

Dear Class of 2020 Parents, As we recognize and celebrate the class of 2021, we are also continuously reminded of all the activities the class of 2020 either didn’t get or looked remarkably different than anticipated.  There were canceled field trips, proms, senior awards, graduations and activities.  And while those activities may not look like…

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Managing Re-Entry Anxiety

Since March of 2020, most peoples’ lives have been completely turned upside down. Everything that we considered normal and safe, we had to reevaluate. Masks have become a normal part of day-to-day life, and hand sanitizer is ubiquitous in every business and household. We, as a society, have adjusted to life with COVID 19. Many…

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