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5Oct, 2016

The Great Balancing Act

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body, Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Great Balancing Act

Welcome fall and all its beauty.  The gold and red leaves against a stunning Colorado blue sky, summon the feeling of change. With fall, we surrender the chaos of summer and settle into routine and finding a sense of balance.  This balance is demonstrated with the fall equinox, one of two days each year where the world experiences equal parts day and night, each 12 hours. The perfect balance. When our lives are in balance we can feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated. Who doesn’t want that!  Often, the pressures of work, relationships and life, pull us out of alignment where [...]

1Sep, 2016

5 Tips to Ease Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Ease Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety

Time to go back to school! Many kids are energized by the possibilities of going back to school, but others may be anxious about the unknown. A new teacher, a new school or going to school for the first time can shake even the most resilient child. "One of our biggest fears as humans is the unknown, and starting a new school year involves a lot of unknowns," says Laura Markham, PhD. She is a clinical psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. There are steps you can take to make going back to [...]

29Jul, 2016

Looking at Your Living Space: When External Clutter Reflects your Internal Struggles and How to Overcome and Let Go

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Recovery, Stress|1 Comment

Summer is in full swing, flowers are in bloom, and as I look around my house, a shocking realization flows through me; my life is in disarray! People always talk about spring cleaning and decluttering as if it is some kind of ritual. But I’ve never really been the type to stop everything and deep clean once a year. I try very hard, like most I presume, to keep a tidy environment all year long, but this time it’s different. So what happened this year? I’ve been reflecting on this daily as I slowly tidy up, throw away trash and reorganize [...]

22Jul, 2016

Double Duty: 25 Tips for Caring for Both Mental and Physical health

By | July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Double Duty: 25 Tips for Caring for Both Mental and Physical health

“Without mental health, there can be no true physical health.”– Dr. Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) It’s becoming increasingly more common to talk about mental health and physical health together. And, as Dr. Chisholm stated, you really can’t have one without the other. Both mental health and physical health make up a person’s overall wellness. (Technically, there are seven dimensions of wellness, but we’ll get to that another time.) Poor physical health can lead to increased risk of mental health problems. And vice versa – poor mental health can negatively impact your physical health, leading [...]

19Jul, 2016

Pikachu, Where are You?

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mobile Health|Comments Off on Pikachu, Where are You?

“No, you need more candy to level up!” “I’m a Level 5.  What level are you at?” You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard something about the interactive augmented virtual reality game - Pokémon GO -that is getting everyone off the couch and walking into poles in the local shopping center.  For those of you that are not quite as up-to-date on the gamer world, to play Pokémon GO you download the app to your mobile device and use its GPS and camera to find Pokémon characters that are shown on the screen as you walk [...]

28Jun, 2016

Supporting a loved one struggling with addiction

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Substance Use|Comments Off on Supporting a loved one struggling with addiction

It seems like we all know someone who struggles with drug or alcohol consumption – a father, child, aunt, close friend. And often, when we have someone dealing with substance use and addiction in our lives, it’s our natural tendency to want to help. Addiction destroys families as much as it destroys individuals. At times, it can seem so overwhelming that it would be easier to ignore it and hope it goes away. But in the long run, denying it or minimizing it will be more damaging to you, other family members and friends, and the person you are concerned about. [...]