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How To Ease Back Into Life After Two Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the omicron surge in our rearview mirror, there are some signs that the COVID-19 pandemic may finally be loosening its grip on the globe. But while case rates are lower here in the United States, they’re still elevated in other parts of the world, and certain members of the population might need a second…

How To Cope With Stress From News and Events

In our modern world, there are many stressors and sources of anxiety. Global events, health-related issues and an overload of information from social media can add up quickly. And all of this can create overwhelming stress. “News has become more continual and more immediate,” says psychologist Matthew Sacco, PhD. “It’s harder now to step away…

Is Taking a Mental Health Day Actually Good for You?

Work.   Being the perfect spouse or parent.   Constantly being connected and available.   All of these things can contribute to feeling overwhelmed, anxious and burned out. The good news? The idea of preventing burnout by taking a “mental health day” has become part of the conversation, and people are starting to take note….

How Spring Cleaning Is Good for Your Health

Temperatures are finally warming up, and you can feel it in your bones — the urge to throw open all the windows, “Marie Kondo” your wardrobe and start loading up boxes for donation. For many of us, the renewal of spring signals that it’s time to get into spring cleaning mode. And according to clinical…

Impostor Syndrome: What It Is and How To Overcome It

Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough to do the job you’ve been hired to do — and that your boss might figure it out at any moment? Or maybe you’ve felt like you’re only pretending to be an adult who’s capable of buying a home or raising a human being, even though…

Could You Benefit From Sensory Deprivation Tank Therapy?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the solution might be REST — and we’re not talking about a nap. REST is shorthand for “restricted environmental stimulation therapy.” The meditation technique is connected to the use of water-filled sensory deprivation tanks, where you float in dark silence, removed from external stimuli. The idea behind float therapy is to…

How To Deal With Difficult Co-Workers

Regardless of what kind of job you have, chances are, you have to interact with a number of people with widely different personalities — and sometimes, those personalities just don’t mesh with yours. For many employees, it’s a serious enough issue that it causes a problematic work environment that prompts the search for a new…

9 Ways To Calm Your Anxiety and Anxious Thoughts

You have deadline pressures at work. Your relationship is getting complicated. Or your kid is having problems at school. Maybe you even have a health concern nagging at you. Suddenly, anxiety has taken over your life. “Anxious thoughts activate the limbic system — the fear center in our brain. Just a simple thought can easily…

The 5 Stages of Grief After a Loss

There’s no way around it: Grief is never easy. And though we tend to associate grief with death, other life events can trigger grief, too — from the end of a relationship to the loss of a job to financial hardships. “Grief is a natural response to any kind of loss,” says clinical psychologist Regina…

How Guided Imagery Helps You Relax

Want to get away? Doing so can be as easy as closing your eyes and using “guided imagery” to take you to a place where there’s no room for the frustrations of daily life. The concept is simple: Imagine a peaceful place — a sun-soaked beach, for instance — and then mentally transport yourself to…

Managing Your Mental Health in the Third Year of the Pandemic

As the calendar gives way to spring, the world is entering its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the omicron variant surge that rocked the United States over the holiday season has faded, we’re still feeling the aftershocks. After all, the pandemic is still going, even with vaccines and boosters widely available for…

How To Start a Self-Care Routine

You’ve probably heard a lot of chatter over the past few years about self-care and the importance of having a self-care routine. The idea — a holistic (whole body) approach to taking care of one’s physical and emotional health — is a great one but it can be a bit intimidating. For those who’ve never…

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