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Reaping the Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

The mind and body are so closely connected that when you take care of one, you take care of the other at the same time. Even the simplest of exercise can produce major mental health benefits. There are countless ways to be physically active. As long as you get your body moving, you do not … Continued

How to Communicate with Your Child About Hurt Feelings

Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience. From the long newborn days to the teenage phase and beyond, it may seem like the changes never end! As your child grows and matures, they will encounter new challenges that bring up big emotions and complicated feelings. When you add hormones, societal pressures and the inevitable conflicts … Continued

Prioritizing Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Practically overnight our world has been turned upside down. Everyone is experiencing disruptions that we would have never anticipated and restrictions on how we live day to day life. These challenges, among the other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, are difficult on the mind and body. The Impact of Isolation In an effort to slow … Continued

Maintaining Your Sense of Self in a Romantic Relationship

There is a scene in the 1999 romcom “Runaway Bride” where Julia Roberts’s character, Maggie, tries eggs cooked in a dozen different ways: from poached, scrambled and fried to Eggs Benedict and more. Why? She has always prepared her eggs in whatever way her romantic partners preferred. And after four failed relationships, she doesn’t know … Continued

Athletes and Mental Health

TW: Suicidality, sexual assault Professional athletes of every sport are admired for their medals, astonishing performances and incredible talent. But athletes are real people with real-life challenges, and many have used their “celebrity” status to spread awareness about a topic much more important than sports: Mental health. Find out what inspiring women and men from … Continued

15 Ways to Handle Uncomfortable Conversations at Family Gatherings

“Are you still single?” “Can you believe someone would support that political candidate?” “Did you hear about your relative/friend who…?” If these are the sound bites from your family gatherings, it is not hard to understand how the conversations could get uncomfortable. You might even avoid going to these events altogether. And you’re not alone. … Continued

Making Mental Health a Priority in Your College Years

Navigating Resources On-Campus and in the Community Everything in college is new: New classmates, housing, campus life, coursework and an overall sense of freedom that comes with taking on a new learning experience. While many find this “new” exhilarating, many others feel overwhelmed – and it is easy to understand why. During this exciting time … Continued

Is Social Media Impacting Your Mental Wellness?

Tips to Have a Healthier Relationship with Social Media Ding. Buzz buzz. Ding. Throughout the day, a symphony of notifications turns into the texts, posts and likes that propel news forward. As social media continues to rapidly evolve, so, too, does the way we interact with it. And for many, the relationship is getting a … Continued

Navigating the Impacts of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood: Part II

This is the second installment in a two-part blog series examining the impacts of childhood trauma. To access Part I in this blog series, click here.   Trauma is not just an emotional experience, and includes physical changes to our functioning. Because of this, the life expectancy of childhood trauma survivors can be nearly 20 … Continued

Navigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

From painting pumpkins and apple picking to participating in nightly family dinners, one’s childhood experiences are the building blocks of their adult future. Unfortunately, it is also common for a young person to have experiences over the course of their childhood that are not as happy or positive. For those who are exposed to trauma … Continued