How to Be Yourself When the World Seems So Messed Up

Posted Posted in Coping, Gratitude, Latest News, Self-care

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.  In the midst of the pandemic […]

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Coping with Social Distancing: An Extrovert’s Perspective on Staying Socially Connected and Grounded.

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Self-care, social distancing

Social distancing is a new reality for us. There is a lot to learn about this new way of being. Simply staying socially connected can become a major challenge. As an extrovert, I have been craving social get-togethers, going out to eat with friends, big family gatherings, and even going to work to be around […]

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Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Family, Latest News, Self-care

Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather.  It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax.  However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]

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Healthy (and Fun) Communication During Family Holidays

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…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….

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Emotional Regulation: 3 Steps to a Healthier Emotional System

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Resiliency, Self-care

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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Gratitude is Important to Teach to Children

Posted Posted in Coping, Gratitude

What is gratitude? Gratitude is simply being thankful and ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness to others. Parents want children to appreciate gratitude.  However, it can be difficult to teach these skills. Why is gratitude important? Gratitude promotes positive mental health for both children and adults.  According to a study conducted by Robert A. […]

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