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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The Power of an Hour: The Effects of Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of the year again, daylight savings time. If you’re still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March, when most of the country went on Daylight savings time, here’s some good news… This month you get it back! Daylight savings time will officially end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 4th, so if you haven’t heard already, you need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one sanah-suvarna-161883-unsplashhour.

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Flu Prevention 101

Fall brings cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and football games. It also means another flu season is upon us. Last year’s was rough. The CDC classified 2017-2018 a high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness, high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the United States for an extended period. The CDC estimates ...

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What is EAP Therapeutic Counseling?

Are you interested in EAP therapeutic counseling services but aren’t sure what to expect? EAP counseling is based on the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) counseling theory developed lesly-juarez-220845by Steve de Shazer and Kim Berg in the late 1970s. SFBT entails using future focused, goal- oriented counseling techniques by developing clear, concise and realistic goals. Your EAP counselor will help to look ...

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New Year’s Resolutions that Lead to Lasting Change

I am a long time member of Weight Watchers and my local gym where I have come to witness an annual tradition. Each January both organizations swell in membership and attendance. By mid-nordwood-themes-467442February we are back to the regulars, give or take a few faces. As a student of human behavior I have to ask myself, “What’s up with that?”

Well, I think we are all familiar with one of the shortest ...

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Suicide Prevention

The first point I want to stress is that suicide is preventable. There are steps that concerned people can take to help guide someone who is struggling out of the despair that most often fuels suicidal thinking, toward hope and recovery. There is effective professional treatment, effective on-line and telephone support services, and effective peer based mutual support and recovery programs.

Even with these effective resources, the problem is growing and has reached ...

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