November 10, 2020
Using Light Therapy to Treat SAD
As we are past daylight savings times, the days are getting shorter every single day. Our time with precious sunlight gets shorter and shorter every day. Not to mention the classic New England weather that we can soon expect; the regular cold air and darkness takes a serious toll on our emotional wellbeing year after year. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is very common. Up to 3 million people will experience some degree of SAD... Read More
November 7, 2020
Living Well Services Through Health and Wellness
Health can be defined as the absence or presence of disease or illness. Wellness is oftentimes defined as being more than an absence of disease or illness. It fully encompasses and includes mental, emotional, and social wellbeing (to name a few). Although a person may be technically “free of disease” if they are not intune with and maintaining their emotional or social wellbeing, they may notice that their quality of life has taken a down turn.... Read More
November 5, 2020
If you’ve ever looked into stress management techniques or exercises; I’m sure you have come across some pretty involved things. Things such as restorative yoga, coloring and listening to music, going for a walk in nature, the list could go on. And not that there is anything particularly “wrong” with these things. They can just be a little bit time consuming - especially for those with busy or constantly changing schedules. Additionally, these are all activities that involve... Read More
October 29, 2020
Elevating Your Emotional Wellbeing with Positive Affirmations
The power of positive affirmations is something that has been widely discussed (and even researched) in the field of psychology. In fact, there is even a theory for it; self-affirmation theory. The theory states that “when people’s self-image has been threatened they are motivated to affirm the integrity of the self. Moreover, people have a desire to restore their general self-image, not simply to resolve the specific threat”.... Read More
October 29, 2020
What Are You Really Looking For?
Recently, I wrote a blog on Doomscrolling and how endlessly scrolling through social media reading news headlines can wreak more havoc on our mental health than we think. The point of this blog was to draw attention to how damaging some of the current headlines can be to our emotional wellbeing; and ultimately, our spirits. Since writing this blog, I have heard a lot of things about “hopequesting”. After doing some investigating, I learned that hopequesting is... Read More
October 26, 2020
A Guide to Discussing Mental Health with Kids
Since the start of the pandemic in the United States, many people have started to be more open about discussing struggles with mental health. Now, it seems like people are talking about mental health more than ever as the pandemic has impacted all people in many different ways. But, is there someone who is being left out of the conversation? Most youth in the United States are attending school through either a hybrid or fully remote version this... Read More
October 25, 2020
How to Build a Self-Care Toolbox
Since the start of the pandemic, people have been talking about mental health more than ever. Self-care has also been of the frontlines of mainstream media in the past few years. But what is self-care and why is everyone talking about it?
Self-care has many different definitions and means different things to different people. I like to think of self-care as simply participating in activities that give you energy, not things that take away from your energy. This... Read More
October 10, 2020
Exercise for Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
When you think of yoga, I’m sure you may start to think of crazy poses that seem almost impossible, trying to keep track of your breathing, and wondering if you are even doing the poses correctly. Although there are many known health benefits (physically and emotionally) associated with yoga, this practice can sometimes induce stress for those who are new to the practice. If you are one of those who finds yourself stressed out at the regular yoga... Read More
September 29, 2020
Doomscrolling's Impact On Mental Health
Over the past six months, many people have increased their screentime in efforts to stay updated on everything that is happening in the world. People are getting their news in social media and news outlet websites. Some news outlets that typically charge for a monthly subscription, such as the New York Times, have even eliminated their subscription fees in efforts to make news more accessible to people. Now, psychologist are warning about the potential... Read More
September 22, 2020
How Can I...
Welcome back! Today’s blog is entitled “How can I protest?”
If you are paying attention, you know there is a lot going on in the country and the world right now. One of those things is protesting. Protesting can look like many things - taking to the streets peacefully, boycotting a company’s products and services, or even starting respectful discussions among your peers. The First Amendment gives people the right to peacefully assemble; it is your right.
Protesting allows our... Read More