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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. [...]

9Jun, 2016

What Mental Health First Aid Taught Me: How to be a Better Friend

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Class, Depression, Mind & Body, Recovery, Relationships, Resilience|Comments Off on What Mental Health First Aid Taught Me: How to be a Better Friend

A few years ago, I was walking with a friend - someone who I had just met a few months earlier - and she began telling me how she was going through a rough patch. She was self-harming, misusing pills and skipping work. I remember a lot about that conversation: it was a warm summer night and we were walking along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. I remember I hated my job and contemplated skipping work somedays too. Mostly I remember I froze; I had no clue what to say or how to react. In spite of me being an incredibly [...]

23May, 2016

Why mental health matters on the job

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why mental health matters on the job

If you’ve been following our blog or newsletters, you know we’ve been talking a lot about how mental health affects all other aspects of life: physical health, sleep, relationships with family and friends, nutrition and exercise ... the list goes on. (Read all our Mental Health Matters posts here.) But one thing we may not always think of is how neglecting our mental health affects our work. It can affect attitudes, relationships with co-workers, productivity, absenteeism and earnings on the job. 200 million days are missed every year in America because of depression and anxiety alone. Along with that, nearly 60% [...]