Mental Health

3 Facts to Know About Stress

We've all experienced stress. Whether it's on the night before a big test or in traffic on the way to the airport, stress is a normal part of the human experience. But too much stress can be a serious problem. Here are three things you should know about stress, including how to cope when you're feeling overwhelmed. 1. Stress sometimes serves a needed purpose. Stress isn't just some inconvenient feeling—it can help keep us alive and help us thrive. Our stress response aka our "fight or flig...

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11/12/2021 9:39:00 AM Comments(0)

When to consider seeing a mental health professional

Is a problem in your life dragging you down? Is it making it hard to function, feel in control or be happy? Emotional troubles like this are more common than you suspect—by some estimates, in any given year 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. struggle with a mental health problem like depression, severe anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are struggling, a mental health professional can help you feel like yourself again. Using talk therapy and possibly medication, this professional can...

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10/7/2021 10:07:00 AM Comments(0)

Reframing Negative Feelings

The struggles of the pandemic have left many people feeling down, impatient or angry. But with the availability of multiple vaccines, there’s finally reason to hope. That's an example of positive self-talk. It's a way to break out of a cycle of negative thoughts. It's OK to acknowledge painful, frustrating or sad feelings. But getting stuck there can make it harder to cope, according to the National Center for PTSD. Instead, when you have negative thoughts or feelings, practice reframing t...

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6/29/2021 2:26:00 PM Comments(0)

Is COVID Bringing Your Teen Down?

Living with the fear and restrictions of COVID-19 is enough to bring anyone down, but teens may be especially affected. They may be missing friends as well as major events like prom, sports or graduation. It's normal for your teen to feel sad during these times. But how can you tell if they need a little extra emotional support? The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP suggests you look for these signs that your teen is struggling: • Unusual changes in mood or behavior. Is your teen irritabl...

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2/3/2021 2:50:00 PM Comments(0)

Care for Your Emotional Health

We're coming off a bad year. There's no question that 2020 left a lot to be desired. That's why it's important in this new year to make a resolution to care for your emotional health as well as your physical health. When you're emotionally healthy, you feel good about yourself. You have good relationships. You're aware of your emotions and know how to deal with them. You can cope with stress, anger and sadness. And you're not afraid to get help from a medical professional when you need it. Here ...

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12/18/2020 10:47:00 AM Comments(0)

Take extra care of your mental health

You're preoccupied and having difficulty focusing. Your sleep isn't great, and you aren't eating as well as you know you should. You may be stressed out by COVID-19. It's not unusual to be anxious during a disease outbreak—especially a pandemic like this one. But chronic stress isn't good for your body or mind. It might be time to take some steps to ease the pressure on yourself. How do you know if your mental health is suffering during this outbreak? You may be feeling stressed if you're ...

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8/14/2020 2:06:00 PM Comments(0)

Anger Management 101

Who hasn't felt their temper rise in a traffic jam or their blood boil in a heated argument? We all get angry—a normal, often healthy reaction. But if you find yourself blowing up all the time, it may be time to assess your anger meter and whether you have a short fuse. Too much anger can be bad for you. It can harm everything from your relationships to your health and happiness. Managing anger, on the other hand, has plenty of benefits. Here are a few strategies experts suggest, incl...

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8/29/2018 11:44:00 AM Comments(0)

When worrying becomes worrisome

We all worry. We worry about our finances. We worry about our children. We worry about the weird noise our car started making yesterday. It's normal to worry from time to time. But how can you tell if you're worrying excessively? However, an inability to turn off your worrying could have a severe impact on your overall state of mental health. In turn, this can lead to a series of chronic conditions that can further endanger your health. Here are some steps you can take to get your excessive worr...

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4/25/2018 11:25:00 AM Comments(0)