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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. 

3 Ways To Sharpen Your Mental Skills

When it comes to sports or elite performance at any age, mental skills are required to perform at an optimal level. Here are some suggestions to help strengthen your mental skills: Use relaxation and breathing exercises- When there is a lot of pressure on you to perform and you get nervous or anxious, your muscles

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

The Weight of Gold

“The Weight of Gold” is an HBO documentary that highlights several Olympic athletes and their mental health struggles specifically related to being an Olympic athlete. Even if you are not an Olympic, I am sure that there will be parts of this documentary which you can relate to.  It certainly is an interesting topic and

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: No Longer Dirty Words in Macho World of NHL

I always like to bring attention to professional athletes speaking out about mental health and mental health issues. I believe that it is imperative that high profile professional athletes speak openly about mental health to serve as a role model for others both athletes and fans. This particular article is written about NHL athletes. That archaic code about

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,

Is This Tightness in My Chest the Corona Virus or Anxiety?

Many of my clients that I am working with right now are experiencing anxiety, even if they did not have anxiety prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but it is a difficult time not to have anxiety because of everything that is going on.  For those patients who are less familiar with anxiety, many of them

As the Coronavirus Shutdown Continues, How Are Clubs Managing Players’ Mental Health?

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