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Health & Wellness

Centerstone offers advice and education on a variety of current health-related topics and trends. We have articles – most written by our experts in their fields – to help our readers stay informed on new and ongoing mental health issues.

Read about things like:

  • how to fight addiction
  • easy ways to relieve stress
  • recognizing anxiety and depression and how to overcome them
  • what to do if a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts

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Physical Health

Understanding self-injury

Putting oneself in a situation where they will be hurt, physically or emotionally, is against our basic instincts. Most of us do everything we can to avoid pain and unpleasant circumstances. However, for people who struggle with self-injury, this is not always the case. Self-injury is intentional, physical harm a person inflicts on themselves to ...

Physical Health

Body Image: Effects and Representation

Body image is a person’s subjective mental image of their own body, how they see themselves when looking in the mirror. This includes how you feel about your height, shape, and weight and how you sense and control your body as you move. Body image is impacted by your memories from your own life and ...

Physical Health

Strategies to Promote Well-Being at Holiday Gatherings

For many, the holidays mark the most joyful time of the year. The last few months of the year serve as a time to slow down, take a break and enjoy the company of friends and family. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic persisting, the holidays are still a special time, though they may look different ...

Physical Health

How to recognize and respond to opioid overdose

The U.S. opioid crisis has become a more prominent issue over the last few years, and for good reason. Since 1999, more than 750,000 people have died in the U.S. from drug overdose. In 2018, more than 67,000 overdose deaths occurred with opioids contributing to nearly 70% of those deaths. Fortunately, from 2017 to 2018, ...

Physical Health

Parenting school-aged children during COVID-19

As COVID-19 spread and schools closed their doors, parents of school-aged children had to adjust quickly. For many, the idea of trying to work full-time, remain a dutiful employee and also now educate their children was overwhelming. Many of these feelings have only increased as quarantine has continued. With no foreseeable ‘end in sight,’ this ...

Physical Health

Dealing with Mask Anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

One of the biggest adjustments we have all made during the COVID-19 pandemic is the incorporation of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) into our daily lives. Hospitals, businesses, and several entire cities require people to wear masks, and those that don’t strongly encourage it. No matter where you are, if you leave your ...

Physical Health

Three Ways Elected Leaders Can Change Healthcare

We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960s as a result of overdoses and suicides. This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities, and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70% of employers reported their business had been affected by ...

Physical Health

Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Pencils and paper? Check. Back-to-School time is here with the usual book and supply checklists for students. Beyond that ritual, I recommend parents have a different sort of checklist in mind as their children and teens get used to classroom life again. It’s really a check-in list to help manage a ...

Physical Health

Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider our mental health along with physical health and recognize how they impact each other. Mental health is more ...

Physical Health

What Is a Health Home?

Navigating our health care system can sometimes feel like being bounced around in a bumper car. You’re bombarded by appointments, tests, suggestions and prescriptions from multiple providers in every direction. A doctor treating you on your right may not know what the one on your left is doing, while some other issue could be barreling toward you from the front. This disjointed environment can be incredibly frustrating. And if no one is taking a broad look at your total wellbeing to understand how all of your conditions, providers, medications and medical advice fit together, it also can compromise your health. ...

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