Self-care

Self-Care Suggestions for Challenging Times

These days, there is a lot going on in the world. We are coping with scary diseases, job changes, job locations, and health changes. Many of us have lost loved ones since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Given all of these things, varying degrees of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear are common. Life can feel pretty […]

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Five Ways to Help People Who Are Having a Hard Time

Having a hard time is a pretty normal thing right now. Here are some tips that may help you to better support others (and yourself). There are many people having a hard time right now. If you are one of them, please know that you are not alone. Feeling afraid, hurt, frustrated, or overwhelmed is […]

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Self-Care During the Winter Months

Changes in season can be really hard, particularly following many (too many) months of a global pandemic. For some, transitioning into winter can bring happy and enjoyable feelings. However, for others, this transition can also prompt feelings of overwhelm or dread, as we move towards colder weather, holiday planning, and staying inside more. Every year, […]

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How to Be Yourself When the World Seems So Messed Up

By Dahlia Garofalo, B.A. and Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D. ABPP Be yourself? That seems like such a tall order. Yet, identity helps us feel grounded and capable. It increases our agency, purpose, and confidence. It also helps us connect with society, loved ones, and people working towards common goals.  After COVID-19 (and many of its […]

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Responding to Coronavirus Anxiety

Today, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, a pandemic. COVID-19 has a lot of people scared, and understandably so. Here’s a little about what we can all do to respond our fear:  Take care of your health. Don’t go places when you are sick. Reduce the people that you are […]

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Family Stress and the Holidays

The holidays are coming…. When you hear that phrase, does it strike fear and panic? Does it remind you of family stress? Or does it bring up warm memories of time with your family, eating pie or other goodies in front of a warm fire? If you are like most people, you probably have mixed […]

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Emotional Regulation: 3 Steps to a Healthier Emotional System

Emotional regulation seems like a complicated process.  But in fact, it is something that we all use every day.  Consider these examples where self-regulation may be helpful: Situation 1: You are driving home from work, and a car cuts you off in traffic, proceeding to drive very slowly in the lane in front of you.  You are frustrated […]

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Self-Care and Self-Compassion Improves Parenting

Self-compassion is an important part of parenting children and adolescents.  A few years ago, the Washington Post published an article called “Teaching Children Self-Compassion by Modeling it Ourselves” by Mandy Lange.  The article addresses the idea that children learn how to respond to their difficulties, stressors, and mistakes through their own experiences, and through what […]

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