Posts Tagged: Stress

What Happens When it Feels Like the House is on Fire!

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Human beings are magnificently designed. When we are in a life-threatening situation our body reacts while shutting down our prefrontal cortex where planning, analyzing and problem solving occur. This process allows us to react immediately without wasting time. If, for example, a lion is running towards us in an open field it would be best […]

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10 Fun and Unique Ways to Show Kindness

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We have all heard of the golden rule: treat others the way you would like to be treated. Today we are going to lay out 10 tangible ways you can show kindness to others during this season. Leave an anonymous note encouraging someone you know that is going through a tough time Do a spontaneous […]

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Transitions: How to Cope With Change and Set Realistic Expectations and Cope With Transition

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Change is inevitable, in fact they say that the only thing in life that is constant is change. If we pay attention, we can see that even in nature things are constantly changing. The seasons change, the tide changes, and climate changes. Change can be a difficult reality to accept but we have learned that […]

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When “Perfect” Isn’t Good

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Are you wondering, “Why is my child so easily stressed/overwhelmed?” “Why is my child so easily frustrated?” or “Is my child struggling with perfectionism?” If you ask these questions, there is a reasonable chance your child may struggle with perfectionism. According to the Center for Parenting Education, children with perfectionism put a large amount of […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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When I was growing up, my mom would always ask us in the morning, “How did you sleep last night?” Now I find myself working with teens and asking them a slightly different question, “Did you sleep last night?”. Usually the answers range from a shrug to answers that they slept 1-4 hours. Teenagers (and […]

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Emotional Life?

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Parents of adolescents often tell me that their children stay up too late, usually on electronic devices, and that they are sleep-deprived during much of the school year.  Most parents assume that poor or insufficient sleep is impacting their teenager’s mood and ability to function optimally in school.  And they are usually right. Studies of […]

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The Perfectionist and Procrastination

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Perfectionism is defined as striving towards the impossibly high goal of perfection. The trap that exists with this type of standard is that the perfectionists can never be good enough – if it isn’t perfect, it’s horrible. Unfortunately, perfectionism (for example, the belief that your next project should set the world on fire) sets yourself […]

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Embracing the Changes, Challenges, and the New

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Summer is gone, and by this time of the year your kids are settling into the new school year.  A new school year can bring about a variety of emotions for your student and for you as a parent. Especially in the big transition years. One of the hardest for both parents and their child […]

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If You Are on The Fence About Counseling…

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Since becoming a counselor, it has continued to surprise me how many misconceptions there are out there about counseling and mental health care. In fact, one of the very first clients I ever had asked me if he had to lay down on a couch during sessions. I suppose it didn’t help matters any that […]

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