Hobbies

Spending time on hobbies you enjoy can improve your well-being and mental health.  They are a great way to relax and unwind from your daily routines.  Hobbies can be reading, art, music, learning a new skill or simply doing something outdoors.  The great thing about hobbies is there are no rules on what one can...

Meditation

Meditation influences both the mind and the body.  Training in meditation can make you calmer, more relaxed and less stressed.  Even as little as 20 minutes per day can lead to physical changes in the body – such as lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and deeper breathing.  Meditation has also been shown to reduce...

New Year’s Resolutions

January is the month many of us are working on new year’s resolutions.  We could be working on the same ones from the previous year or trying to make new goals.  If you did not meet your aspirations for 2018, you are not the only one!  According to studies over 80% of people fail or...

Mental Health and Exercise

Exercise has been found to improve mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, addictions, grief, dementia, bipolar disorder and others.  It has also been proven to relieve stress and even boost your mood. When we exercise the brain releases endorphins, hormones which trigger a positive feeling in our bodies.  Exercising gives us the opportunity to...

Creating Balance in Life

Being true to oneself means being real in love, life, work and to yourself.  It means knowing your boundaries and knowing when to say “no.”  Many times, we want to please too many people in our lives.  We want to be valued at work, we want to fit in at school, or we want to...

Coping Skills

Every day we are faced with various challenges that life throws at us and we must learn how to cope. There are times we do this without even being aware of it and other times we must choose to actively engage in a coping tool to work through these challenges. Coping skills can range from...

Telehealth Therapy

Mental health counseling sometimes requires a re-thinking of how to provide healthcare, specifically so patients feel more comfortable seeking help. This can include developing new ways to deliver care to people; telehealth is one of those ways. Through the use of current technology, we can now improve access to care for people who live in...

Couples Communication Skills

One of the most important foundations for a healthy relationship is communication.  It can also be one of the hardest parts about being in one!   You might think there are only a few ways to communicate as a couple; however, there are a wide variety of mistakes a couple can make. Couples with communication issues...

Stress Management Techniques

Stress is a part of life.  We can experience long term stress through something like our careers or school, or something short term such as a project or a temporary family responsibility.  As you might imagine, this can seriously affect our health, but there is a way to manage stress using the proper tools and...

Setting and Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Goal setting is an essential part of our lives.  In order to help guide us towards our hopes and dreams, we all need goals.  Setting goals helps us create a more solid path to what we want to reach in life.  Writing out those goals makes them real; it helps us visualize what we want...