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Mental Health

Preventing suicidal depression: How to get help for thoughts of self-harm

Depression is considered the most common mental health disorder. It’s important to understand that when people experience depression, it’s more than just feeling sad or having a bad day. Suicide, the most serious consequence of depression, is a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, nearly 46,000 people died by suicide—roughly one …

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Digital wellness: 4 ways to improve your digital well-being

We are in a relationship with our technology. We take it with us everywhere we go, we work with it, we relax with it, we sleep with it and we wake up next to it. The truth is that, ultimately, we need technology. However, just like any relationship, our interactions with technology can carry some …

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4 mindful money habits to help you achieve your financial goals

“Mindfulness” is a word we seem to see everywhere lately, but what is it really? Dr. John Kabat-Zinn, one of the lead researchers in the field of mindfulness, defines it as “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” Have you …

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How to make new friends and expand your social network

We know that having strong, supportive social relationships positively affects our health and well-being, and that both the quantity and quality of our relationships matter. Yet for many, maintaining our relationships remains a challenge. The idea of making new friends can seem like an impossible task. As we grow older, life changes such as marriage …

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Messy house, messy brain? How spring cleaning can boost your mental health

We’ve all been there. The dust has been building up for months, your desk is cluttered with random pieces of paper that were relevant to you once, and your favorite comfy chair has become a convenient place of storage. We may have that moment where we look at our clutter and think to ourselves, “what …

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Building resilience: 6 ways to be a more resilient person

How do you react when something goes wrong? Maybe it’s a small disappointment like being passed up for a promotion. Maybe it’s something that hits deeper like a failed relationship or sudden health diagnosis. Or maybe it’s the often-overwhelming chaos of the world around us. What makes the difference in life’s trying moments is resilience. …

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Dispelling five myths about PTSD

Nearly everyone experiences a range of emotions after going through a shocking or life-threatening event. Most people recover naturally from these initial symptoms, but others who may feel worse as time passes may be at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Consider these statistics from the National Center for PTSD: About six out of …

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How to help someone struggling with anxiety

It can be difficult to discuss anxiety with someone, especially someone you love. Many people still see mental health as a taboo topic and may be uncomfortable sharing their personal struggles, but support of a loved one can be extremely helpful in coping with anxiety. By making sure your loved one feels heard and supported, …

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Why you’ve been feeling so “blah” lately

Most of us recall where we were when we heard the news: local governments across the country issue mandatory stay-at-home orders due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. “Two weeks,” we were told. Two weeks of staying at home, social distancing and quarantining until things get back to normal. The problem is, the pandemic carried on …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Don’t let the change of seasons change your mood

It’s natural to occasionally feel sad when the seasons change.  As the weather cools off, you may spend less time outside, or you may find yourself staying snuggled in your bed just a little longer. These behaviors usually adjust to a new routine for the fall and winter months. But for some people, the winter …

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