Remembering the importance of self-care all year long

Very often, I need to remind myself that I need to practice better self-care, particularly around this time of the year. Nine years ago in May, I lost my best friend and husband of almost sixteen years. I’ve learned over the nine years since this loss, the importance of honoring the feelings that accompany this […]

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Parenting an Anxious Child

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about parenting with anxiety. As Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was recognized on May 5, I wanted to look at parenting an anxious child. My daughter is still very young but already has a strong personality. She is incredibly empathetic, has intense emotions (what 3-year old doesn’t?) and […]

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Having difficulty getting more zzzs?

I don’t know about you, but since the time changed for daylight savings time, I just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. We’ve all heard how important it is to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night – how sleep increases your energy, makes your skin glow, helps with weight loss, improves your […]

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Parenting with anxiety: Overcoming new barriers and learning to balance it all

My 3-year-old daughter was a difficult baby, at best. She was colicky, didn’t sleep through the night until she was 13 months old and incredibly “spirited.” During the first 18 months of her life, my anxiety was through the roof. Over the years, I’ve learned how to manage my symptoms, but parenting brought a whole […]

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When Spring doesn’t bring sunshine: supporting a loved one with depression or anxiety

Spring has (sort of) sprung here in Colorado. And although Spring is typically associated with flowers, butterflies, and bunnies, many don’t realize that it is actually a time when depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are at the highest for some individuals. It’s overwhelming to suffer from anxiety or depression, but it can also feel overwhelming […]

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Talking to a child in your life about your military service

There we were, coming into the black-sanded beach of Iwo Jima. Bullets whiz by and explosions go off all around us. Were you scared, Grandpa? Of course I was scared. Before we got into our boat, the Captain said that there might not be any ice cream left if we didn’t hurry back. My Grandpa […]

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Using your teenager’s favorite gadget – their phone – to help with their eating

March is National Nutrition Month – a great time to check in with yourself and your family about the importance of healthy eating habits. My teenage daughter, who is a competitive softball player and exercise fanatic, is in great shape; so when she came to me complaining about her “love handles,” I laughed at first. […]

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Yes, you can! Tips to Build Resilience and Emotional Flexibility

How resilient are you? Are you able to roll with the punches life tends to throw at us? Resiliency is an important skill that allows us to be flexible when life knocks us down; it allows us to come back stronger. Resilient people still experience adversity but do not let it define them. They often […]

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Taking a look at friendships: What happens when someone is more of a hindrance than a help?

As adults, we’ve learned that we grow and change from our experiences and stages of our life: high school, college, moving, marriage, babies, divorce, jobs, death of a loved one, etc. With each stage, we change a little and grow a lot. So what happens when those closest to us don’t change at the same […]

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There’s an App for That

Whether your goal is to keep track of your mood, begin a meditation practice, lose weight,  get more exercise or monitor a health condition such as diabetes, mobile health apps can be a useful tool in managing your own health. Why download a health app? There are many advantages of having these apps at our […]

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