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Category: Healthy Living

National Suicide Prevention Week

In 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new epidemic in the United States. Surprisingly, it was not a virus that was killing tens of thousands of Americans—it was suicide. In 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, with suicide rates for young people increasing by

Healthy Sleep Habits

Getting a good length and quality of sleep supports better emotion regulation and general health. Sleep is an essential part of managing stress but is often the first thing impacted when experiencing stressful events. During times of high stress it is natural to notice major sleep disruptions ranging from difficulty falling asleep to sleeping more

Nutrition and Mental Health Tips

We are all living with a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Will kids return to school in September? When and how will we re-open? How do we protect our loved ones and ourselves? How will our jobs change? Opinions flourish, ranging from ‘open everything up now’, to ‘keep everything closed for an indeterminate amount of time’.

Social Support While At Home

With all of us staying home more and severely reducing our social interactions you may have found that this crisis has presented unique social challenges.  Some of us are dealing with the stress of being separated from others, while others are learning how to cope with managing more time with partners or family; and many

Self Care

Whether you are currently working from home or still commuting into the office, every aspect of our lives has been impacted dramatically by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us our daily rhythms and routines have been changed significantly, which can feel disorienting and uncomfortable. In times of crisis there can be a strong urge

Grounding Skills

As we continue living week by week with the evolving changes, if you find yourself experiencing periods of heightened fear and anxiety, you are not alone. These feelings can be particularly difficult to manage when the future remains uncertain. Grounding techniques are a helpful set of strategies that can assist in coping with the more

Breathing Techniques

Deep paced breathing can be a foundational tool in helping us learn to decrease and manage the signs and symptoms of stress. Research shows that deep breathing lowers your heart rate, regulates blood pressure and relaxes your body – all of which decrease the harmful effects of cortisol on the body. More specifically, even, regulated
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