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As the 20th Anniversary Nears… is this Really Normal?

April 20th is the 20th Anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School.  The anniversary of any loss or traumatic event can bring back memories that stir up emotions again.  People may experience a variety of feelings and reactions.  Renewed feelings of fear, sadness, and anxiety are common. Feelings of embarrassment are common for some people because they think they should "be over it" by now.  Some may have feelings of guilt for being a survivor.  In some cases, new trauma-related symptoms occur, while many others will feel fine.  Remember that you are a unique individual and your feelings and reactions [...]

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Trauma|Comments Off on As the 20th Anniversary Nears… is this Really Normal?

9 Snooze Worthy Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Are you familiar with hearing the alarm go off and hitting snooze several times before you get up for the day? We thought so. We all do this, don’t we? We all want more sleep, but find ourselves trying to get by with less and less. Turns out, getting more sleep is more important than you might think. In fact, our physical and emotional health relies heavily on the amount of shut eye we get each night. Your brain and your body are hard at work, doing amazing things, all while you sleep. What are those amazing things you might ask? [...]

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on 9 Snooze Worthy Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Tips to Help Nurture Healthy Relationships

Relationships can be a source of joy… and a source of frustration. Some relationships are very easily maintained, while others take work and effort to be fruitful and enjoyable. Whatever efforts you make toward nurturing and nourishing your important relationships will have far-reaching benefits. Here are 3 tips to help nurture healthy relationships and strengthen your connections with others: Breathe into a difficult conversation Breathing into your diaphragm actually switches you into a calmer mode which makes communication a lot easier. If you hold hands with loved ones and family members when having difficult conversations it makes it easier to stay [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Relationships|Comments Off on Tips to Help Nurture Healthy Relationships

4 Things to Remember for a Healthier, Happier, Holiday Season

It is that time of year again; the days are getting shorter and the to-do lists are getting longer! With good times ahead, there are so many reasons to celebrate. For some, this time of year can often mean stress lurking behind every celebration. Triggering family dynamics, the expectations of socializing, and the finances of trying to plan and provide the absolute perfect holiday experience for the family can bring about unwanted stress for many. We all go into this season with the best of intentions and then we are slowly worn down by the long lines, hectic schedules and demands [...]

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Mindfulness|1 Comment

Helping Your Child Navigate Change – Advice for Back to School Anxiety from our School Based Clinicians

Remember how you felt when you started that new job? When you moved to a new city for the first time? No matter how big the change, it can be a challenge for many of us. We sat down with our School Based Clinicians to learn how parents can set the stage for a healthy, successful school year. We asked - what advice do you have for parents, whose children face back to school anxiety, that can be useful throughout the year? 1. “My advice for school anxiety is first off to normalize that response.  First days ARE anxiety provoking.  I'm [...]

By | September 6th, 2018|Categories: Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on Helping Your Child Navigate Change – Advice for Back to School Anxiety from our School Based Clinicians

How Flexing Your Creativity Can Benefit Your Health

Many people take part in creative activities simply for casual enjoyment and to engage in a hobby. From painting to writing to cooking, there are many ways that creativity is a part of the human experience. But art is far more than a hobby or a vocation: creativity has played a role in many aspects of human life throughout history. The development of new tools is creative work that allows us to make technological advancements. Art is often directly used to promote spiritual wellbeing through song, dance, poetry, and more. It’s clear that creative expression is central to humanity, but what [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on How Flexing Your Creativity Can Benefit Your Health