7 Ways to Cope with the Holiday Season
The holidays are quickly approaching and not everyone is feeling the holiday cheer. For many, the holiday season is synonymous with stress and if you’re one of the millions living with a mental illness, you know that stress can trigger or worsen symptoms of your illness. That’s why it’s important to understand what your triggers are and come up with ways to cope.
Sending Your Child to College While in Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Most college students are excited to start a new year on campus with friends, while parents try not to shed tears as they watch their babies turn into adults before their eyes. Although college is portrayed in the movies as non-stop fun and excitement, that is not the case for everyone; especially for the 25% of U.S. college students who struggle with eating disorders.
Guided Meditation for Relaxation
The word meditation probably brings to mind that classic image of someone sitting cross-legged with their hands on their knees and palms facing upwards. You might also think that the point of meditation is to tune-out and totally clear the mind. Both of these are common misconceptions. You can meditate anywhere. There is no need to be in a grassy field or on a mountain top and the point is actually to tune-in to your mind and body.
Depression in Teens and the Role of Stress
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 11% of teens have some kind of depressive disorder by the age of 18. Many more teens have symptoms of depression that, when detected and treated early, may prevent the onset of a major depressive episode.
Manage Your Stress a Healthy Way
Stress, just the word itself is what you would call a stressor. These days, it seems we’re manufacturing stress. Not only do we have job, school, family and money concerns, but technology compounds everything.
National Humor Month: The Power of a Laugh
Are you having a miserable day? Just laugh! This probably sounds counterintuitive, but research shows laughter has healing powers for the body and mind. When you don’t feel like laughing is probably when you need it most.
6 Tips to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … or is it? Instead of enjoying the holiday season, many people seem to dread it and feel relieved when it’s over. The stress of family gatherings, holiday feasts, and shopping take over and the joy of the season quickly disappears. But it doesn’t have to.
When College Kids Come Home for the Holidays
College kids are coming home! You eagerly anticipate their arrival, clean their room and cook their favorite meals. This is a time to reconnect. Find out what’s going on in their lives. Create some wonderful memories. And then the fighting begins...
Family Dynamics Around the Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving is often thought of as a time of warmth and happiness, family gathered around the table creating wonderful family memories. But for many of us, it can also be a time of angst and anxiety. There are many reasons you may feel stress. Perhaps you are a student struggling with school and are afraid of criticism from your family. You may be unemployed and don't want to face questions about your job search or finances. Maybe you’ve put on or lost "too much" weight this year and are feeling self conscious. If you have been struggling with depression, mood swings or anxiety, you may be more emotionally vulnerable. This time of year could remind you of someone who has become ill, passed away or moved.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Mindfulness Techniques Can Help
Breathing, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skill, is Helpful in Everyday Life Right now, as you are reading this . . . . stop. Don’t race through to get to the end. Instead, pause, and practice these easy steps from our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program: