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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

Youth Transitions – Mixing Celebrations with Uncertainty

Kids are already counting the days until school's out and they are free! Well, at least, that's what they're feeling. Getting outside and having fun, heading for the pool, or enjoying longer times with friends are high priorities.   But these times of transition can also carry an undercurrent of anxious uncertainty too. Simply stated, it's a whole mix of conflicting emotions all at once. It's important, as adults, that we recognize that anxious feelings can be running below the surface, and the more we are sensitive and aware of those hidden emotions, the better we can help guide our children [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Kids|Comments Off on Youth Transitions – Mixing Celebrations with Uncertainty

A Good Belly Laugh Can Help Your Brain…and Your Belly

We all have a bad day now and then. You know, those days when you wake up grumpy and nothing seems to go your way--remember Alexander and his “terrible, horrible, no good very bad day?” But then your pet or your kid does something really cute that makes you laugh and your whole outlooks brightens!  Well, there’s actually science behind that reaction--scientific facts reveal that a good belly laugh can improve our mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Lee Berk, an immunologist at Loma Linda University, has studied the effects of mirthful laughter on the regulation of hormones. Berk and his colleagues [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Mind & Body, Stress|Comments Off on A Good Belly Laugh Can Help Your Brain…and Your Belly

Stressed? Tired of Sitting? Try Desk-ercise!

It often hits as the mid-afternoon slump.  More yawns, more thoughts of nap time, or just the desk blahs. It prompts lots of people to hustle for the double-C pick up:  Caffeine and Candy.  Despite the fact it’s not too healthy, it also doesn’t last very long, and the later crash can be worse than the original state. What to do?  Most experts make it simple:  get up and move. Here are some suggestions—simple ones—but moves that will deliver some natural stimulation and vigor. Stand up—Yes, sounds simple, but if you can get a desk device that allows you to stand [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Stressed? Tired of Sitting? Try Desk-ercise!