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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Check-in to Check-up

docYou feel good, so you believe that all is well.  Since you believe that all is well, you think that making an appointment to visit your primary care doctor, dentist, therapist, eye doctor or other specialist is not necessary.  It is important to consider that things aren’t always what they seem.  There are multiple benefits to routinely seeing your health care providers.  The ...

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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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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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Dark Horse: Signs of Problem Gambling

It’s summer time, and if you have lived in the Capital Region for any period of time, you know that for many of us, summer means Track Season in Saratoga! For many, gambling is fun, no morejonathan-petersson-607955-unsplash than a pleasant social activity, especially when it’s racing season and Saratoga comes alive. New casinos are competing to have the best gambling venues, ...

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Meditation 101

Part 1: What is meditation and how do I start?simon-migaj-421505-unsplash

Have you ever been interested in meditation but you are just not sure where to start? We have been hearing more and more about mindfulness and meditation and the positive effects practicing these skills can have on our health and well-being. Let’s start with a look at what meditation actually is ...

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Connection and Community

What are you plans for the 4th of the July? For some of us, Independence Day might include having a cookout at a friends’ house, going for a hike with your dog, taking the kids swimming or watching fireworks with your neighbors. You may notice that all of these things having something in common; spending time with others (yes, pets included!).
As humans we desire to have social connections with others and a sense of community is important for not only for ...
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Summertime Blues: 12 Signs You Suffer From Summer Depression

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It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. At least that’s what you’ve been led to believe based on songs and film—and your friends’ Facebook pages. But, for some, summer isn’t quite the funfest it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it turns out plenty of people don’t find bliss during summer. The hot, bright, long days turn them into gigantic grump buckets or make them genuinely ...

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June is National PTSD Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a stress related disorder that may occur after a traumatic event which can include exposure to physical or emotional harm, violence, sexual abuse, jonatan-becerra-176647-unsplashaccidents, military combat or exposure to death.
According to PTSD United:
  • 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. This equates to approximately 223.4 million people.
  • Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. ...
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6 Ways to Use Technology to Better Your Mental Health

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In today’s day and age, we all know the pros and cons to technology use. Technology helps us in many ways to use scientific advances to treat health issues, helps us stay connected to family and friends and being able to utilize technology in productive and efficient ways at work. Too much technology on the other hand can cause stress and imbalance at work and at home. For Mental Health Awareness ...

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