April is Stress Awareness Month

picStress Awareness month first launched in 1992 and has taken place every April since its inception. The goal throughout the month of April is to raise public awareness about stress, including the causes, the effects it has on the mind and body and how to cope with it.

Stress is a normal, natural part of living. In fact, some stress is ever ...

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Brain Injury Awareness Month

photo-1453847668862-487637052f8aMarch is Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is a topic very close to my heart. According to the CDC, 2.5 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury every year, and an estimated 5.3 million Americans are living today with disability related to brain injury. Unfortunately, awareness surrounding Brain Injury and how it affects target individuals is limited. There is ...

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Random Acts of Kindness

sandrachile-686986-unsplashWe’ve all heard such phrases as “paying it forward” and “do unto others”, but it turns out there’s actually a substantial amount of scientific backing behind the principle of doing good for others. We all know that doing good feels good, but there are also a multitude of other benefits that profit not only others, but ourselves as well.

According to research, ...

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Mental Wellness

estee-janssens-396889-unsplashMany of us are setting new goals at this time of year to take better care of ourselves. I want to catch the wave of this annual enthusiasm and encourage readers to set a goal to take better care of your mental health. While people often think about eating healthier, starting a fitness routine, or quitting an unhealthy habit, they ...

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Just Breathe: Deep Breathing Technique

Feeling stressed? Just breathe! Try this 3 second triangle deep breathing guide to slow down your mind and body and bring a sense of calm to your day. Using shapes or images to assist with deep breathing practices is a great way to practice mindfulness! Breathe in through the nose for 3 seconds, hold that breathe for 3 seconds and then breathe out the nose or mouth for 3 seconds. Continue this exercise for 5-8 rounds.

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3 Fun & Easy Holiday Crafts

Chocolate Bar Snowmensnowmen

Great for a holiday party or thank you gift!

You will need:

  • Hershey Chocolate Bars
  • White paper
  • Markers/ Crayons
  • Ribbon

How to make Chocolate Bar Snowmen:

  1. Cut each piece of printer paper in half.
  2. Wrap each candy bar like a present.
  3. Tie a piece of ribbon around the candy bar closer to the top than the bottom (this is the snowman’s scarf)
  4. Draw a carrot nose on each “snowman”.
  5. Draw on ...
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15 Quick Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

holiday stressThe holidays really are the best of times and the worst of times. Our tidings of comfort and joy can so easily be devoured by the insatiable stress to do it all, be it all, and buy it all. Despite its devastating consequences, stress is often something that is overlooked and ignored, especially during the holiday season. Stress not only increases your ...

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