Journaling for Your Mental Health

journalMaybe you kept a journal when you were younger. You would write down your deepest, darkest secrets, or just what happened that day, and for some reason after journaling you would feel better. There’s a reason that so many people find journaling to be relaxing. Research has found that journaling can boost your mood, enhance your sense of well-being, reduce symptoms of depression, ...

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PTSD Awareness Month

qAccording the American Psychiatric Association, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

Individuals of all ages can have PTSD and about 8 out of every 100 people (or 8% of ...

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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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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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Understanding Stress: What’s Happening and Making a Change

Seutah-mizushima-26887tress is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome. General adaptation syndrome, or GAS, is simply a term used to describe the body’s short-term and long-term reactions to stress.

Stressors can include physical stressors such as starvation, being hit by a car, or suffering through severe weather. Additionally, people can suffer such emotional ...

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Mental Illness vs. Mental Health: The Difference and Why it Matters in the Workplace

Mental health vs mental IllnessThe terms ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ are often though of and used interchangeably. Unless you are a psychotherapist or some other practitioner in the field, you probably don’t think much about the difference between the two or aren’t even aware that there is a difference. But when it comes to how well we work with others, our productivity, and ...

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Good for the Mind, Good for the Body

mind_body_spiritOur minds and emotions play a critical role in our health. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, taught that good health depends on a balance of mind, body, and environment. Many ancient healing systems in fact emphasized the interconnection between mind and body in healing. While these insights of old may not have had the benefit of modern research, the wisdom has ...

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Stress Eating for the Holidays

HolidayEatingFrenzyChristine Sloat, MS, RD, CDN

The holidays might be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but not for dietary habits! Between shopping, decorating and traveling many healthy food choices are compromised. And, in fact, most people blame stress, not celebrations, for unwanted weight gain during the last few weeks of the year. Instead of falling into dietary traps, check out these tips for reducing ...

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