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What is Mental Health

Mental Health: What It Is & How to Improve it

2020 has been challenging, and you have likely handled obstacles that you were not expecting. A fair amount of these challenges may have been out of your control. Though difficulties are typical, the knockout this year delivered is not. So, here are some tips and tricks to help you better understand and care for your…

mind-gut connection

The Mind-Gut Connection – how does stress affect th...

If you have ever waited to be introduced on stage for a major presentation, you know about the connection between the mind and your gut. At best, you call this sensation in your stomach butterflies; at worst, it feels like someone has tied your colon in a knot. You might even feel like you want…

Coping Strategies for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder: 15 Strategies to Help Yo...

There is a dreary feeling that settles in at the start of colder seasons. Come autumn and winter; you may notice that you’re increasingly anxious, melancholy, and even depressed. However, if your symptoms are severe and interfere with your functioning well in daily life, you may not just be suffering from the winter blues. It…

how to heal holiday

How to Heal this Holiday Season

Therapists often handle situations that call for healing, and the holiday season is no exception. This “special time” will be increasingly difficult for many Americans following the year we’ve had. So, our counselors put together comprehensive strategies to help you heal this holiday season, whether that be from negative self-talk, codependent relationships, grief, loss, and…

emotional health vs mental health

Emotional Health vs. Mental Health: The Real Differen...

Envision mental health as the ocean, with emotional health being the waves. With that comparison in mind, consider the differences. Mental health involves processing all the information we encounter, but emotional health is more about the feelings provoked by the data processed. Emotional and mental health are related but markedly different. Everyone gets anxious at…

Coping with Food Family Stress Holidays

Coping Skills for Family, Food, and Stress During the...

Our therapists recognize the holiday season to be stressful, no matter what holiday you find yourself celebrating. There is a lot of preparation, planning, adjusting, and executing involved during this time of the year, and that’s not even considering your usual responsibilities. So our counseling group developed these coping skills to help you through this…

coping with loss

Coping with Loss During the Holidays

COVID-19 has changed everything. There isn’t a person in this country that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic. One way or another, we are all coping with loss. This year hasn’t been easy for anyone and you may be experiencing the lack of human interaction that you once enjoyed since we can’t gather like we…

causes of depression

What are the Causes of Depression [2020]

Do you feel sad for very long periods of time? Have you been feeling detached or numb? Have you been feeling outright empty and have been wondering why? You may be feeling depressed. Though this condition’s look can vary greatly, the causes of depression are far more concise. Depression can affect anyone at any time.…

Deal with Depression Coping Strategies

Deal with Depression: 9+ Strategies to Help You Cope

  Depression is one of the most common mental ailments in the world. In the United States alone, millions deal with depression. Without learning how to fight depression, people can feel isolated and alone, even hopeless. It robs them of all the joy, color, and happiness their lives once had. Those with depression experience feelings…

Image Sadness or Depression

Depression Vs Sadness: Are You Just Sad Or Depressed?...

  In recent months, you and many people you know have probably uttered something like, “2020 has me feeling so depressed,” which probably means you’re upset, scared, frustrated, or sad. It’s normal and natural to be sad at certain times in our life.  Depression is defined as a persistent mental health condition best diagnosed by…

emotional regulation skills for difficult emotions

Emotional Regulation Skills to Cope with Difficult Em...

Build Emotional Regulation Skills & Learn How to Cope with Difficult Emotions Do you feel overwhelmed by your emotions? Have you tried to control your emotions with no success? If this sounds like you, you can benefit from learning emotional regulation skills to cope with difficult emotions. This comprehensive guide to emotion regulation will help…

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions: Recognizing the Purpose of Em...

Why Are Emotions Important?     Being aware of and understanding our emotions helps us in making decisions, resolving problems, and responding to situations and events. Our emotions are important. Emotions motivate our behavior. For example, if you are crossing the street and you see a car run a red light in your direction, you…

Self-Compassion is a Life Skill

Self-Compassion is a Life Skill: 6 Self-loving Ways t...

The start of the second decade of the new millennium has pushed many to new places — physically and emotionally. As a result, we are all developing coping mechanisms and learning new life skills. One of the most valuable tools you can acquire is self-compassion. Why? Self-compassion can carry you through tough times. It is…


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