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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|0 Comments

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

The Write Stuff – 5 Ways to Practice Expressive Writing

Whether you use pen and paper, keyboard and computer, or thumbs and a touchscreen, most of us spend our days writing. If you add up the minutes that you spend composing emails, text messages, Google searches, social media posts, calendar entries, and grocery lists, you might be surprised by how much you rely on the written word in your daily life. As a tool, writing has become so ever-present that we often don’t pay attention to the process of writing itself. But perhaps we should! More and more research shows that expressive writing can be a helpful way to process emotions, [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Mind & Body, Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Write Stuff – 5 Ways to Practice Expressive Writing

4 Ways to Become A Mental Health Ally

There are 1 in 5 adults who have a mental health condition in America. While mental health conditions are widespread throughout the United States, there is still a longstanding stigma that exists. Stigma that often stops people from getting help when they need it. Together, we can make strides to break that stigma. Here are 4 ways that you can be an ally to the mental health community throughout the year: 1 . Educate yourself and those around you It’s important to understand that mental illness takes its shape in many different forms. Learning more about the variety of mental health [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Stigma|Tags: , |Comments Off on 4 Ways to Become A Mental Health Ally