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Depression

When To Seek Counseling?

Have you ever felt like life was just too hard? Worried that you can’t take the pressure, stress and anxiety anymore?  Sometimes the stressors of life – whether situational or ongoing and dire –can be significant prompters to seek professional counseling.  Having dreams, a vision and motivation for your life is an excellent pursuit. Yet, ...

Family Matters

8 tools for a successful relationship

Have you ever lost your keys and felt helpless to go anywhere? Then when you find them you are relieved that you are no longer stuck. Sometimes we can feel stuck in our relationships. As if there is no one in the driver’s seat and no one knows where the keys are. Feelings of frustration ...

Anxiety

Spring Clean Your Way to a Happy Life

Spring has officially sprung. This means saying goodbye to early sunsets and hello to blooming flowers and chirping birds. For many, spring is when we clean out the clutter that’s accumulated over the long, cold winter months. While this can involve a weekend of chasing dust bunnies, clearing out cobwebs and washing windows, there are ...

Family Matters

Support Sexual Trauma Victims

By the time you finish reading this article, four more Americans will experience sexual assault. The probability that you know someone who has experienced sexual trauma is high. Individuals who are at particularly high risk of sexual assault include children and young adolescents, elderly people — especially those with dementia — as well as individuals ...

Family Matters

4 Tips To Reduce Stress In 2019

Advertisements are filling the mail, decorations are mounting in the stores and the time for planning the events of the season is here. But thoughts of all these activities can bring more stress than pleasure if we lose perspective and allow anxiety to take over. If the holidays are becoming more stressful than joyful, you ...

Family Matters

Don’t “Cold Turkey” Technology

If you’re in charge of making this year’s family Thanksgiving one to remember, a potential recipe for disaster is insisting everyone go “cold turkey” on using handheld devices. No, teenagers shouldn’t be sending Snapchats when grandma asks them repeatedly to pass the cranberry sauce—be in the moment, kids!—but some traditions are bound to change right ...

Family Matters

Maintain Routines During Summer Break

Summer break is in full swing and, for some parents, they’ve started the countdown to their child’s first day of school. Without the routine and structure of going to school, summer break might not feel like a break at all and can present stressful moments for both parent and child. Recent studies have found that ...

Anxiety

31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health in May

It’s May, Mental Health Month, and the weather is finally turning nice. It might seem like a good time for spring cleaning – but not for your windows or your closet. You may have cobwebs and dust bunnies hiding in places you don’t even know about and they may be affecting your mental health. Centerstone ...

Anxiety

Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, designed to raise awareness of mental health conditions and to improve wellness for all. One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider ...

Back To School

Three Steps to a Safer Prom

High school students across the United States are getting excited for the 2017 prom and graduation season. All the fun things parents remember about those days still exist: dress shopping, tuxedo rental, flowers, photographs, parties. But there also remains a strong temptation to engage in underage drinking. According to a 2016 poll, alcohol use is ...

Anxiety

Take These Relationship Goals to Heart

As Valentine’s Day nears, the internet buzzes with playfully captioned pictures (or “memes”) inspiring us toward “Relationship Goals.” But beyond those fun photos of mature couples who still push each other in shopping carts or wear matching Star Wars t-shirts, there must lie deeper efforts to uphold long term commitments. Marriage and family therapists at ...

Anxiety

The Great Thing About Gratefulness

The sights and sounds of the holidays are all around us. It started before our Halloween candy had even been devoured. Turkeys, trees, candles, and lights have popped up everywhere you look and will be with us through the start of the New Year. It can very be easy to get caught up in the ...

Family Matters

Toxic Relationships

You can tell if a relationship is toxic when spending time with someone drags you down, belittles you or makes you feel hurt, angry, and miserable.  Some people think of a “toxic relationship” as the most dangerous kind of relationship – one that only involves abuse or addictions.  These are, in fact, harmful characteristics of ...

Anxiety

The Greatest Gift

Imagine a gift that can increase self esteem, reduce stress, and can be given to anybody. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions.  This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall, or within the catalogues mounting in your mailbox.  It is not something that ...

Anxiety

Six Steps for Shrinking your Stress in a Shrinking Economy

With the soaring fuel prices, job layoffs and a struggling economy, managing money for most families today is a challenge. But there are steps you can take to make the most of your valuable resources. Here are six steps to consider: Realize your relationship with money Money is as much about emotion as it is ...

Depression

Living Beyond the Losses of Life: Hope and Healing in Recovery

Loss is a part of all our lives. At some time we will likely experience the death of a loved one, a shattered relationship or the debilitating effects of illness. How we cope with these significant tragedies is crucial in determining how we will survive, grow and eventually recover.  As the table below reveals, there ...

Anxiety

How to Tame Your Anger and Handle Your Hot Buttons

Anger is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage. With all the stress, pressures and worries of today, there are many things and many people out there to set you off, drive you crazy or push your buttons. How anger is expressed is key to maintaining healthy relationships and ...

Anxiety

How to Manage Your Mood

Are your moods unpredictable, uncontrollable or consistently disproportionate to a situation? You may be experiencing excessive emotional distress due to unmanaged moods. The many challenges of today’s society seem to provoke mood swings for many people, which can debilitate relationships, careers and even physical health. Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion ...

Anxiety

How to Manage Job Loss Grief

Many hard working adults are noticing that good jobs seem to be going, going, gone – including their own. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 2008 was the worst year for lost jobs in more than six decades. If you or someone you know has been affected by this startling statistic, here are six suggestions ...

Anxiety

How to Eliminate Your ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

Do you notice ANTs every time you go in your kitchen? Or do you seem to have more ANTs in your car or at the office? I’m not talking about the tiny social insects that tend to show up at every picnic or can be found in your teenager’s bedroom. I am referring to the ...

Family Matters

How to Deal with Infidelity

Athletes. Politicians. Actors. Many celebrities are making headlines these days, but not necessarily for their professional achievements. Instead, it seems like the rich and famous are becoming infamous for their marital mishaps. We read the headlines, hear the television reports and even gush about it with our girlfriends. “I can’t believe he cheated on his ...

Family Matters

How to Have Fun: Six Stress Relievers You Need to Know

Have you lost something recently? Can you recall the last time you laughed, played or actually escaped from daily boredom and really enjoyed your life? Do you plan activities that bring you joy and laughter and bring delight with your family or friends? You may have lost sight of one particular priority – the priority to have fun in your life! ...

Grief

How to Get Over Guilt & Reduce Regrets: Seven Essential Steps

What would you do differently if you had the chance? Ask a person about something he or she regrets and you will learn a lot. Everyone can think of at least one thing they wish they had done another way. But the guilt over past mistakes or perceived faulty decisions can become paralyzing if it ...

Family Matters

Five Ways to Handle Holiday Hazards

Holidays are a time to enjoy traditions, family, friends and connectedness. However, we often let our behaviors prevent us from making the most of a special season. The likely result may be regret, resentment or simply tons of stress on us and our families. Here are five examples of holiday hazards, with tips to minimize ...

Holidays

How to Let Go of the Past to Free Your Future

Before any great football team plans their strategy for an upcoming big game, they review the events of past games. They decide what to continue, what to stop and what new plays can be implemented. They also assess their weaknesses so they can learn from them and move ahead. Like sports teams, you can assess ...

Anxiety

How to Change Your Life: The Courage, the Risks and the Rewards

Life can be difficult and uncertain, especially when faced with the prospect of change.  Although change is often the key that will positively alter the path of our lives, we shy away from it for fear of leaving behind our comfort zones and entering into the unknown. This fear robs us of our freedom to ...

Family Matters

Senior Wellness: Six Common Concerns

With over 36 million Americans older than 65, and the first of the 77 million baby boomers turning 60 this year, a surge of healthcare problems may soon face older adults. According to APA’s Resolution on the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, 20-25 percent of older adults suffer from some form of mental disorder, ...

Anxiety

Six Tips to Bringing More Balance Into Your Life

These days everyone is really busy, but always remember there is more to life than the daily grind. You may have responsibilities to your family, your work, your children’s activities or your community. All these are competing for your valuable attention.  Sometimes we let our schedule run our lives and railroad our priorities, as opposed ...

Anxiety

Life Choices: Five Ways to Make Tough Decisions

Sometimes we come to forks in the road that call for us to make difficult or perhaps drastic decisions. Our goals change, and we have varied priorities in different phases of our lives. These decisions can impact all areas of our lives, including the lives of those around us. I’m not talking about the dilemma ...

Family Matters

Five Facts about Family Feuds

Are constant feuds causing a lot of drama in your family? Unfortunately, arguments with family members are all too common. You can resolve family feuds by knowing the facts about family relationships. Read the five facts about family feuds listed below, and determine whether you think the statements are true or false. Then, read the ...

Family Matters

Four Facts of Functional and Fun Relationships

Is it possible to have a satisfying relationship that promotes the esteem and delight of both partners? Relationships that thrive and endure hard times are not successful simply because there is love between the couple. Some relationships can provide great fun, yet be very dysfunctional. Some relationships seem to work like a thriving business, yet ...

Family Matters

Seven Ways Couples Add Conflict to Conflict

Money and marriage can be a dicey combination. Research shows that money is the most common source of conflict between couples. So, it is no surprise that financial pressure can disable dreams, wreck relationships and cripple communication between couples. However, good communication can improve relationships and increase intimacy, trust and support. The converse is also ...

Holidays

Five Steps to Reunite a Lost Relationship

Many people have relationships that dissolved due to past differences. Perhaps you had a misunderstanding with your sister or feuded with your parents. Maybe you simply let a friendship slip away. Sometimes a bitter dispute from the past can keep loved ones from reconciling. However, with some effort, you can begin to resolve conflicts and ...

Family Matters

Five Fundamental Life Lessons

Based on the national bestseller and the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, the moving book The Last Lecture is an inspiration to anyone who wants to live each day with purpose and joy. Here are five life lessons that will help you ...

Family Matters

Four Apps to Get Your Kids Ready for School

Parents preparing kids for back-to-school season with fresh pencils and paper should also consider equipping them with the right apps. Nearly three-quarters of teens own smartphones, and 25 percent of those reported being “online constantly,” according to the Pew Research Center. This makes clear that back to school for adolescents today involves more than backpacks ...

Mental Health

Six Warning Signs of Workplace Danger

Every year, 1.7 million violent incidents occur against individuals while they are at work or on duty. With professional stress on the rise and employees dealing with issues like less pay, less job security, more work and more worry, work-related stress can take a toll. But when does a stressful work environment turn dangerous? Here ...

Mental Health

The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

Do you lead a life of constant anxiety, fear of failure and obsess over every little bitty mistake? If so, you may be a perfectionist. Perfectionism is a very unhealthy way of living, masked as the pursuit of being a great achiever and always wishing to reach the ideal. Let’s look at some signs of ...

Mental Health

It’s Never Too Late to Stop Procrastinating

What are you thinking of putting off until tomorrow? What projects have you started but can’t seem to finish? What task on your to-do list keeps rolling over from week to week? Procrastination may be one of your biggest energy drainers, yet we think it somehow serves a purpose to make life a little more ...

Mental Health

How to Stress Less (Not More!)

If you’re ready to get rid of your gloomy mood and pessimism, this article is for you! It’s time to let go of misery and reduce your stress. Here are five ways to stress less, not more: Don’t track your faults Keeping a full inventory of all your faults keeps your stress level high. Don’t ...

Family Matters

Seven Lessons to Learn from Children

If life today were as effortless for adults as it is for some children, I am sure we would have better health, less stress and improved relationships. Think about it: adults don’t get regular afternoon naps, rarely eat cookies without feeling guilty and get no spring break from work and responsibilities. Children can teach adults ...

Mental Health

Six Self-Care Strategies for Women

Self-care is the process of nurturing yourself. But in a fast-paced and often chaotic society, many women tend to put their own needs on the back burner. So many women constantly put everyone else first, allowing their own needs to suffer. Some women may even become resentful because their personal needs have been neglected. Self-care ...