Managing Fear and Anxiety of Uncertainty: Maranda Interview with Aren Lord

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…

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Men’s 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, however, is men’s mental and emotional health. This is an area…

DBT Skills: ‘Four Choices’ Strategy For Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

DBT Skills: ‘Four Choices’ Strategy For Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

One if the most fundamental concepts taught in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is referred to as the “Four Choices.” It provides a simple, but effective, model anyone can used when responding to serious life problems.