Sleep_Blog_Feb_2018.jpegAs children, the words “bedtime” and “nap” were dirty words that we wanted to avoid for as long as possible. Staying awake all night was rebellious, or proof that we were growing up. Now, as adults, we long for a good night’s sleep, and treasure any time we can sneak in a quick nap.

Sleep is crucial for both your physical health and your mental health. When you sleep, your body and mind rest and reenergize. When your body is resting, it has time to process nutrients. While you sleep, your body grows and thrives. Your mind also needs time to be quiet, to relax, and de-stress. During sleep, your brain also grows by storing memories and sending important messages to your body. 

But sleep isn’t always easy to come by – for many of us, it can be difficult to fall, or stay, asleep. Our lives are busy and stressful, and turning off is difficult. Though the world is quiet, your mind may be loud with many thoughts running through it. When sleep does not come naturally for you, it can be aggravating, and that can lead to even more trouble falling asleep.   

Since you need sleep to balance your mind and body and be your best for the next day, try these tips to restore and...


valentine_blog.jpgValentine’s Day. It's traditionally a day of love, chocolate, roses, and hearts. Whether you are single, married, divorced, dating, or in a long-term committed relationship, Valentine’s Day can bring up a variety of emotions. This year, despite your feelings for or about Valentine’s Day – try observing the holiday in a new and unique way. 

No matter your relationship status, you are in a life-long relationship with yourself. We spend so much time taking care of others, working hard at jobs, studying, or stressing about life that often, we forget to take care of ourselves. It takes effort to love and acknowledge the relationship we have with ourselves.  

Here are some suggestions on how to have that perfect “Love Yourself” Valentine’s Day. 

  1. Create a vision board. A vision board is a display that has words or pictures on it that shows what you want to do, be, or have in life. Many people feel that by creating a vision board, you reinforce your intentions and help manifest them into becoming reality. Start your self-love journey by clarifying what it is you want, creating it on a visual board so that you can see it each day, and then working on making it happen....

This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. We rounded up some of the biggest misconceptions and myths about addiction, and are dispelling them for you. Let’s get the facts straight:

friends-skylines-city-cities.jpgMyth #1: It’s easy to pick an addict out of the crowd.

Not every addict fits that stereotypical picture in your head – the one of an old man in tattered clothes with a bottle in a paper bag, or a woman stumbling on a sidewalk, with visible signs of drug abuse. Most addicts look just like you – they have jobs, they have families, and they have hobbies.

Myth #2: Only “hard” drugs like cocaine and heroin are addictive.

This one is definitely a myth. While drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines are definitely dangerous and come with a lot of risks, drugs that are used in a more recreational manner, like alcohol and marijuana, can be addictive as well. Even drugs prescribed by a doctor, like opioid painkillers, can lead to addiction, so be careful to follow your doctor’s directions.

Myth #3: Rehabilitation doesn’t work.

It’s true that many addicts will relapse after going to rehab. Addiction is a very powerful disease, and often, it will take more than one try or one...


As we turn the corner of the holiday season, many of us have been thinking about commitments to make for the New Year. Do you have a desire to be a more active participant in your life? Stay more connected to people you care about? Better understand yourself? There’s a reason you can’t go to any health or lifestyle website without seeing an article hawking the benefits of mindfulness; practicing mindfulness can help you work on these big picture goals.

DBT_101_Mindfulness.jpegSo, what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be defined as the practice of being present, in the moment, on purpose, without judgment, and not clinging to any moment. In dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), we also define it as observing, describing, and participating in the moment, as well as doing it non-judgmentally, doing one thing at a time, and doing what works for you (also known as “being effective”). Mindfulness is about noticing what is: that includes your distractions, thoughts, and feelings, both pleasant and unpleasant. It can include focusing on something specific, or narrowing your attention. Other times, mindfulness is about noticing everything around you, or expanding your attention.

Learning and practicing...


Life is full of decisions, some of which are more challenging to make than others. I remember the first time we received psychological testing results about our son. The report was full of data and explanations, but at the end there was one sentence that really stuck out to me. It read something like, “Child will not be able to attend school in a mainstream classroom setting without medication, therapy, and significant accommodations.” 

decision_to_medicate.pngWow. It was a lot to process. 

My son was 5 years old. He was diagnosed at that time with ADHD, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), and a mood disorder. All I saw was, “He would not be able to attend school without medication.”

It was a lot to think about. He was about to start kindergarten, but now I was being told he would not be able to handle it without significant help, including medications. I felt devastated.   

I had a lot of questions, but I knew I needed to make a decision that would help my child. I was told he had a medical condition and that medication would help him. If he had strep throat, the pediatrician would have prescribed antibiotics, and I would have given them to my son. If he was diagnosed with asthma, I am sure I...


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