Self Care

Online vs. Traditional Therapy

Online vs Traditional Therapy If you are a consumer of media, you are likely familiar with online therapy platforms. At first glance, there does not seem to be a downside. What are the benefits and drawbacks to traditional therapy? What can traditional therapy do, that online therapy cannot?  Let’s break down some of the key…

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Delta Disappointment

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 the Delta Disappointment.…

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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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Anxiety or Panic?

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:  Where does it…

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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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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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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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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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The Courage to Love Ourselves

“…celebrate ourselves for our courage to birth. The real question becomes not, ‘Have you done your breathing exercises?’ but rather, ‘Can you love yourself no matter how you birth, where you birth, or what the outcome?’” –Claudia Panuthos I have a badge of honor across my belly.  It reminds me of the pride and power…

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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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