“Are my expectations healthy?”

“Are my expectations healthy?”

By Brianna Riddlebarger

Whether you realize it or not, you have expectations of yourself and others in your life - at home, at work, in your extended family, from your friends, and even from strangers! For example, when you’re changing lanes while driving, you expect someone to either slow down or speed up so you can merge.

Allowing Room for Grief

Allowing Room for Grief

By Brianna Riddlebarger

As mentioned in our previous blog “Things We Grieve”, grief is a process that is typically avoided and can unfortunately lead to lasting health issues as a result. And in that blog, we identified things in this life that may need to be grieved that are beyond loss of life or death. 

Since we’ve established what we need to grieve in our lives, what do we do next? What is a healthy way to process grief?

Sleep: Why Do We Struggle So Much With It?

Sleep: Why Do We Struggle So Much With It?

By Jen Kohlenberger

You get home from work. You cook dinner. You eat your dinner on the couch while watching your favorite show. You promised yourself you’d only watch one episode, but what’s the harm in watching one more? Next thing you know, you wake up at 1am on the couch, still in your work clothes and totally disoriented

Part 2: Overcoming Failures in Your Life

Part 2: Overcoming Failures in Your Life

Feelings of failure can become all-encompassing, overwhelming, and cause us to feel very stuck. One issue explored in <previous post>, is that becoming consumed with our sense of failure keeps us stuck in the past, and prevents us from moving forward in life.

Importance of Routine & Maintaining a Schedule

Importance of Routine & Maintaining a Schedule

By Jen Kohlenberger

Studies show that daily routine has many benefits for our mental health. Routine can sound boring, but efficient and effective use of time actually creates space in our day to do more of the activities that we consider fun. We talk about routine a lot– and for good reason. It is one of the most important things we can do for our mental health.

Things We Grieve

Things We Grieve

Grief is defined as “a natural response to loss” and is typically associated with distress, agony, sorrow, anger, emptiness or yearning. We commonly understand grief in its 5 stages after death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Are Medications Overprescribed to Children Nowadays?

Are Medications Overprescribed to Children Nowadays?

Although it is simple to write a prescription to treat a mental health condition, certain recent research and a rising chorus of voices worried about the explosive growth in the prescription of psychotropic medicines suggest that this may not always be the safest or most successful course for patients, especially for children.

Managing School Alongside Depression and Anxiety

Managing School Alongside Depression and Anxiety

Parents, are you feeling overwhelmed with how your child is struggling in school and at home? Are you seeing an increase in anxiety, meltdowns, destructive behaviors, or simply the inability to focus or process information?  Are you gathering more concern about your child’s ability to meet academic goals or graduate on time?

For the Mothers

For the Mothers

Motherhood is a complex mixture of wonderful, exhausting, and terrifying. Nothing will make you feel more whole yet also very powerless. From conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, toddler stages, school age, teenage phases, college transitions, to the duration of your child's life, the worry never stops.

Stress. Again!

Stress. Again!

Nowadays, especially with COVID, discord among local and international leaders, Monkeypox questions, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, it's all too easy to become overwhelmed by the pressures of everyday life.

Part 2: Recovering from Sleep Deprivation Through Technology

Part 2: Recovering from Sleep Deprivation Through Technology

Insufficient sleep has developed into a serious problem in recent years, with serious consequences for human health and wellbeing. According to the CDC, up to 45 percent of people around the world do not get enough sleep, including one in three Americans.

Part 1: Recovering from Sleep Deprivation Through Technology

Part 1: Recovering from Sleep Deprivation Through Technology

Because of our growing reliance on technology and the rhythms of our more demanding personal and professional responsibilities, it is only natural that we neglect the one time we are truly "inactive," which is when we are asleep.

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