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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 Yoga Can Help Heal Trauma  

When we hear the word “trauma,” we often think of the worst moments of our lives. The ones that haunt us and make it harder to navigate through life. But sometimes, minor incidents can leave the deepest wounds. So, how can yoga help you heal? Yoga therapist Paula Brown, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, explains what trauma-informed yoga…

How To Pursue an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

Thanks to growing awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), diagnoses have been on the rise among children in recent years. At the turn of the millennium, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 150 8-year-old children had an autism diagnosis. By 2018, the number was 1 in 44. But…

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….

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…

What Is Meditation?

If we’ve learned anything in the last few years, it’s that tending to our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical health. Regular exercise certainly gives us a brain and body boost, as does maintaining a healthy diet. But meditation is also becoming an increasingly popular way to nurture your whole…

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…

Stress Nausea: Why It Happens and How To Deal

Have you ever been so stressed that you felt nauseated or even threw up? Turns out, stress-induced nausea is a real thing. The physical impacts of stress are real. But family medicine specialist Timothy Tramontana, MD, MS, says there are effective ways of dealing with stress nausea and even avoiding it. Can stress cause nausea…

What Ambiguous Loss Is and How To Deal With It

It’s been more than 40 years since family therapist Pauline Boss, PhD, first coined the term “ambiguous loss” and published her book by the same name. In its simplest sense, “ambiguous loss” refers to loss without closure. And today, the term has never been more relevant, especially as we continue grappling with the many ways…

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…

Do Anxiety Rings Really Help Manage Stress?

Put a ring on it? A popular TikTok trend, an anxiety ring is a piece of jewelry designed to help those who feel nervous or experience panic. Worried about a big work presentation or stressed about a big life change like buying a house or having a baby? Anxiety can affect us at different times…

The Kids Are Not All Right: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Their Mental Health

At the start of the pandemic, we heard it all the time — “Kids are resilient. They’ll be OK.” But it’s been a few years and we’re still grappling with the realities of COVID-19. New variants, wearing masks, vaccination and the arguments about how relevant or irrelevant this all is. Our kids have been stuck…

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