Calm Your Child’s Anxiety with Back-to-School Tips

Transition times can be difficult for children and parents alike.  Going back to school is often one of those challenges tied to a myriad of emotions.  A good approach might be to instill positive experiences that encourage them to “bloom” like a flower. The base is the STEM and your child’s life is the flower. STEM is also a helpful […]

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Substance Use: How Do I Know When I Need Help?

Using substances that alter our mood, behavior, and thinking is widespread in most societies, and has been going on for centuries. Many of us start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. Our reaction can be anything from feeling more alert and energetic to feeling jittery and irritable. However, in moderate quantities, most […]

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Beat the Summer Slump

The lazy, hazy days of summer are here bringing the call of Summer to get outside and enjoy. Anticipating vacation, or just getting back from time off boosts the challenges to being productive for many of us.  It can be tempting to do, well…nothing. It’s called the Summer Slump. And it can be difficult to […]

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When Upsetting Events Happen, Take Care of Yourself First

Unfortunately, it’s happening too often. Three critical, traumatic events incidents in less than 24-hours with graphic pictures and nonstop news coverage splashed across our screens. While none of us can personally do anything about those horrifying situations, from an emotional health perspective, we can do a lot to take care of ourselves related to the […]

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Enjoying Summer Season Benefits – Getting Outside for Your Health and Self-Care

Some of us have been waiting for it-this is the month for the longest daylight of the year, the 21st, a welcome antidote for the short, dark days of winter, when we go to work in the dark and it’s already dark before we leave.  Cheer up. It’s six months before we have to deal […]

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A Letter from One Veteran to Another

It’s been a few years since you were in the service and your hair is a little longer, you wake up a little later, and you’ve probably called in to skip work once or twice because you just didn’t feel like going in. You’ve got a new routine that doesn’t include missing birthdays and holidays […]

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Mom to Moms—Tips to Cope When Your Emotional Tank is Running Dry

If you’ve ever felt like your emotional tank is running dry, you’re not alone.  The good news is there are ways to fix that weary drain before it drags you down. We don’t have to be “everything to everyone.” Teacher, nurse, chef, maid, financial advisor, chauffer … moms tend to wear a plethora of hats.  […]

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13 Reasons Why – Be Informed About the Latest Buzz

There’s lots of talk going around about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It portrays the fictional story about a 17-yr. old girl who takes her own life and leaves behind 13 recordings explaining not only the reasons why she did it, but also the persons she blames for causing her suicide. The series is […]

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It Takes a Village – Reaching Out To Care For Seniors

We’ve heard the phrase most often applied to raising children, but “It takes a village” can and often should be applied as well to caring for people at the opposite end of the age spectrum.  In either case, the “village” emphasizes the importance of family and community as key elements necessary for promoting a healthy […]

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Youth Transitions – Mixing Celebrations with Uncertainty

Kids are already counting the days until school’s out and they are free! Well, at least, that’s what they’re feeling. Getting outside and having fun, heading for the pool, or enjoying longer times with friends are high priorities. But these times of transition can also carry an undercurrent of anxious uncertainty too. Simply stated, it’s […]

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