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Starting freshman year of college? Here’s how to deal if you’re stressed.

You finished high school, summer is quickly coming to a close, and you find yourself feeling anxious. Not only are you making decisions for yourself about what’s next, but your friendships are changing as people head in different directions. Change is inevitable, but starting this new chapter can be a lot to deal with at once. “The leap from high school to college can be a big one,” said Katey Parsons, M.Ed, LPC, Behavioral Health Counselor, Red Rocks Community College. “One of the biggest changes is the independence and freedom that is expected of you, both in your personal life and [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Comments Off on Starting freshman year of college? Here’s how to deal if you’re stressed.

3 helpful back-to-school to-do’s for parents

The start of a new school year can be both an exciting and intimidating time for your student. Remember how you felt when you moved to a new city for the first time? When you started that new job? No matter the size of the transition, it can be a challenge for many of us. And for your children, this transition may be one of the toughest points of their life so far. Whether your kid is starting at a new school or just getting ready to start a new grade in a new classroom, patience and understanding can go a [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Categories: Parenting|Comments Off on 3 helpful back-to-school to-do’s for parents

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