Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Originally intended as a day for relaxation and celebration of the American worker, Labor Day today is very different from the first Labor Day in 1882. Back then, a largely industrial and agricultural workforce could disconnect from work on Labor…

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

When we feel stress and anxiety, two effective ways for bringing relief are breathing and prayer. For centuries, faith traditions have combined these two common, everyday human actions as a means for caring for oneself and getting through tense times….

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health
Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men. Often overlooked is men’s mental and emotional health, an area that can take...

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!
John*, who was struggling with crippling anxiety, was one of my first patients during my second year of residency rotation in the Loeks Residency Center at Pine Rest. Unfortunately, John and his wife were very limited in what they could...

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger
Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one. Anger is a natural human experience, and sometimes there are valid reasons to get mad like feeling hurt by something someone...

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities — a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems, your thoughts, attitudes…

Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships When You Experience Intense Emotions

Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships When You Experience Intense Emotions

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who struggle with emotion dysregulation or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) experience symptoms and behaviors that often challenge their ability to make and keep healthy relationships. Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms can include:…

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays
What do you get when you struggle with anxiety and/or depression and combine lots of family time, a little too much entertaining and a dozen Christmas cookies? The opportunity to make a Christmas Cope Ahead plan to help you take...

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” For most of us, Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people…