Self-Care for Stressful Times

Self-Care for Stressful Times

Self-Care for Stressful Times
Life is extraordinarily challenging this year, so it’s more important than ever to be intentional about your self-care. Not to be confused with selfishness or self-indulgence, self-care allows us to be resilient in stressful times AND be there for those...

Be Mindful Today; Live Better Tomorrow

Be Mindful Today; Live Better Tomorrow

  “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” — Eckhart Tolle Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has been lost in today’s modern…

Managing Stress Related to Political Change

Managing Stress Related to Political Change

Political uncertainty can be challenging, regardless of your beliefs or where you fall on the political spectrum. For many Americans, the transition of power and the rapid speed of change may cause stress and anxiety about the political environment and…

Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically

Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically

Navigating hard conversations surrounding sensitive topics like politics, racism or religion can cause strain on any relationship, whether it be with friends or acquaintances, co-workers, family or even a spouse. Knowing or discovering that you have different ideologies or beliefs…

Psychological First Aid: Helping Children Better Manage Stress

Psychological First Aid: Helping Children Better Manage Stress
No school, no church, no playdates with friends, no summer vacation trips…life has been and continues to be extremely stressful for everyone—including children. Adults can often identify what is stressful in their life and talk about it. Children, on the...

Spending Time Outdoors Improves Mental Health: Women’s Lifestyle Interview With Christine Mushlock

Spending Time Outdoors Improves Mental Health: Women’s Lifestyle Interview With Christine Mushlock

Stressful home, school or work environments can contribute to muscle tension, elevated blood pressure and increased levels of stress hormones in the body, which over time, can contribute to elevated symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research shows that spending time outdoors, in natural environments, can reduce these symptoms as well as improve cognitive functioning, energy and mood.

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

A Guide to Practicing Sitting Meditation

I like to think of practicing mindfulness meditation as being like walking a labyrinth. This labyrinth, however, begins at the center and spirals outward, then returns to where it began: the center. Come to a comfortable seated position. If you…

Tough Economic Times: Lessons From the Tank

Tough Economic Times: Lessons From the Tank

By Bob VandePol, MSW COVID-19 challenges many areas of our lives in many frightening ways. It threatens the health and safety of ourselves and loved ones, forced us into social isolation and resulted in radical shifts in education and work….

Getting Things Done: Tips on Overcoming Procrastination

Getting Things Done: Tips on Overcoming Procrastination

We have an uncanny ability to find new and inventive ways to avoid taking action. Our moods can rob of us of motivation just when we especially need it to feel better. On the other hand, we also encounter avoidance…