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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Back to School! Tips for Reducing Stress

Kids-back-to-school-stress-640x480Transitioning back-to-school brings a sense of excitement for many children, change of routine, reuniting with friends, buying new school supplies, and going to a different classroom. With that excitement, comes the stress parents are left with in managing all of the change and needs of their children.

Going back-to-school does not need to be thought of as a crazy time of year. Instead it ...

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Limiting Daily Stress and Strain with Better Self-Care

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC
Living in this fast paced society we quickly forget how important it is to be aware of and maintain our overall well-being. However, this is much easier said than done when we are being pulled in many different directions. Something I try to reinforce to all of my clients is the necessity of self-care. Self-care is any activity or practice ...

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Understanding Stress: What’s Happening and Making a Change

Understanding StressStress 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 ...

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Taking Control of Stress

If you are like most people, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about the things causing stress in your life –money problems, career problems, family problems, relationship problems and more. If you are like most people you also spend a lot of time thinking about the “If-Only’s;” the things you imagine would solve all those problems. “If only ...

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The Best Made Plans for a Happy Holiday

635525448577172765ZenChristmasFor most people, the holiday season is a time of reflection, tradition, and joy. For some, the holiday season brings ever rising levels of panic, stress and even depression. Since we are all experiencing very similar situations – visits from family, additional financial strain, traffic, shopping, work deadlines, travel and even the distractions of nostalgia – why is there such a broad range ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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