Stress

Making Mental Health a Priority in the Midst of Financial Uncertainty

According to a recent Gallup poll, 50% of Americans say that their financial situation is getting worse.  The unemployment rate is sitting at 14.7%, the highest rate this country has seen since the days of the Great Depression.  According to nerdwallet.com, a stock market downturn may escalate into a stock ...

Conversations in Isolation

For most, regional stay-at-home orders have created an opportunity for unprecedented amounts of time at home with our partners. This scenario will unequivocally yield to more time to interact with one another. Interactions vary in some degree. Perhaps there is more emphasis on completing household tasks together or engagement in ...

Tackling Family Challenges: A teen’s guide to surviving and thriving in the midst of conflict

Conflict is inevitable.  As long as we have relationships, we will experience conflict.  Research even shows that conflict can be a vital part of strengthening relationships, as we work to rebuild the connection together relationships can go on to be stronger than they were initially.   For many of us, ...

Supporting Your Teen Through the Quarantine

For most of us, it has been more than six weeks of practicing social distancing.  Six weeks of learning a new normal, of experiencing the missed events and connections, and of coping with drastic, unexpected changes in our lives.   As we have learned to navigate our current reality as ...

Can Kids Learn Mindfulness? 6 tips on how to do just that!

In simple terms, mindfulness is being focused on the present moment and yes, kids can learn how to implement mindfulness into their daily lives.  Mindfulness is a learned skill that can be taught.  Parents can educate children on what mindfulness is and what it looks like by speaking about it ...

How Internal Dialogue Influences Your Daily Life

Studies show that we have an average of around 50,000 thoughts per day. Wow, we really are in constant dialogue with ourselves. Those thoughts can be positive, negative, or neutral. Many, if not most of those thoughts go unnoticed. As we drift along in our busy lives, we certainly are ...

How to: Effectively handle crisis situations using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

So you just discovered your spouse is having an affair. The doctor just disclosed a diagnosis of a serious medical condition you thought was just a cold. Your life has been turned upside down within seconds and you don’t know what to say, think, or do. A crisis situation is ...

8 Strategies to Show Yourself Some Love: Learning the Art of Self-Care as a Teenager

Years ago I heard an analogy that has stuck with me.  We are all buckets, containers in which water can be put into.  As we move through life, our buckets get little holes and the water begins to seep out.  This is normal as we experience the stressors of school, ...

“Into the Unknown”: Welcoming the Interruptions

Imagine taking a stroll down a beautiful green forest with wonderfully scented flowers, creatures of different types making their calls to each other, a calm stream of water to your right and on your left is a blank wooden sign pointing to nowhere. You see the path, but it is ...

5 Easy Ways to Start to Find “Normal”

I never realized how heavily I relied on “structure” until now.  I knew I liked it, I knew it was a part of our routine, but it has been over this past week that I have realized that structure not only regulated the things that I did during the day, ...
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