Posts in the ‘Life Skills’ Category

Ways in Which the Pandemic Is Negatively Affecting the Mental Health of Teens

This pandemic is having a negative affect on pretty much everyone around the world but kids and teens is a population that needs special attention on how the pandemic is affecting them. Specific ways in which kids and teens are being affected by the pandemic include: -More socially isolated -Inability to participate in after school

How to Be More Empathic and Be a Better Communicator

Good and effective communication can be very hard and can need a lot of practice for someone to be good at it.  There are a few simple things that you can do to be a better communicator.  For example, using “I” statements and stating how you think, feel, want, etc rather than using “You” statements. 

How Does Your Partners Stress Affect You???

Do you fight with your partner?  Of you do!  We are all do!  Conflict is a natural part of any relationship.  But what happens to you, emotionally and physically, when you have an argument with you partner? A recent study found a link between a spouse’s stress, a couple’s conflict, and cortisol levels. This article

Stress, Anxiety, or Depression? Treatment Starts With the Right Diagnosis

Long before the coronavirus pandemic mixed fear and uncertainty into daily life, Americans felt stressed out and daily life stress will continue once the pandemic has passed. It is important for an individual to have effective ways to their manage stress. This article from Yale Medicine Journal, offers tips for reducing stress both during the pandemic and

Mental Health Crisis in the U.S.

Mental health specialists are working now to help Americans who are suffering from feelings of despair, hopelessness, and helplessness in order to be able to prevent an increase in suicides among people who are under increased pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. A report jointly published last week by two foundations that support mental health issues estimates that,

Redefining Success in Sports and Life

Former UCLA gymnastics coach, Valerie Kondos Field, helped her team win 7 national titles and she recently spoke at the PAC 12 conference. Her message is quite inspirational, and she talks about the need to change the culture of -win at all costs- and redefine what success looks like in sport and life.  Watch below

Why the Shame Around Postpartum Needs to End

It has become aware to me the lack of knowledge and understanding of postpartum depression and anxiety in our society.  It is important to know that if you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression that it is nothing to be ashamed of and hopefully you feel comfortable enough to ask for help.  What

Sleep or Exercise….that is the Question!?!

I often contemplate myself if I should stay home and rest or if I should exercise so I’m sure other people have this same dilemma.  There is no “right” answer, but every situation is case dependent. The article below offers some good suggestions of things to consider when trying to make that decision so if

Mental Health Providers Are Not Immune to Mental Health Issues

Any time that I hear that someone has committed suicide it is very upsetting to me, but when I heard that the head of mental health services at the University of Pennsylvania died by suicide, I felt very sad.  The reason I feel so strongly about this is because if someone who is trained how

Common Worrisome Thoughts People Have While Trying To Fall Asleep

So many people tell me that they have difficulty sleeping.  Whether it’s difficulty trying to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep, both can make you lose hours of much-needed sleep every night. The article below lists some common thoughts people report having

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