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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 effects we feel, and that’s what is most important.  To prevent those events from dominating our days, and those of our children who are out of school and home, some precautions are helpful. Avoid most of the news coverage, especially on TV. In other words, don’t [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on When Upsetting Events Happen, Take Care of Yourself First

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 with that again.   Now is that time when it seems we have a few hours left to do things even after the workday is done.  More time to eat outside, sip summer beverages, watch the sunset over the mountains, and just play in what feels [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Enjoying Summer Season Benefits – Getting Outside for Your Health and Self-Care

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 every other year or shaving every day whether you need it or not. Perhaps you’ve started school or a new career and you go to the lake every other weekend like you promised yourself during those long nights in the guard tower during your second deployment. [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Veterans|Comments Off on A Letter from One Veteran to Another

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.  However it is important to take care of yourself so you can take care of your child(ren). Have you ever spent an afternoon or weekend away from your kids (doing something for yourself) and then come home with an immense amount of patience and love for [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on Mom to Moms—Tips to Cope When Your Emotional Tank is Running Dry

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 quite popular and references to the show are buzzing all over social media. While this series is focused on an older and more mature audience, younger students have been watching as well and might be quite impressionable and not be in a position to accurately deal [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Suicide Prevention|Comments Off on 13 Reasons Why – Be Informed About the Latest Buzz

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 person.   The Need is Growing By 2020 the 60+ population will more than double.  Many of our seniors have little or no support from family and friends.  Even those who do have supports are not aware of the resources available to them in their community.  Connecting [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Senior|Comments Off on It Takes a Village – Reaching Out To Care For Seniors