Balance your mental and emotional health

Even though a small amount of stress can be good for you, multiple daily challenges can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. Stress can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. To reduce stress, make time to move more, eat well, connect with others and explore new things. Making simple changes can boost your mood, help prevent long-term diseases and improve your immune system.

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Pathways through persistent pain: Tips for managing chronic pain

Chronic pain affects 3 out of 10 people in the U.S. While there is no single cure, a team approach for medical management, movement therapy and learning specific coping strategies can help.

Monica Foster, Ph.D. By Monica Foster May 26, 2023

No bones about it: Dogs are good for your health

The unconditional love shown by dogs and their need for regular exercise are a boon for physical and mental health. Learn about the benefits of dog ownership and why they're doggone fun.

Tahir Tak MD By Tahir Tak May 24, 2023

Navigating ADHD in adulthood

Typically diagnosed in childhood, ADHD can persist into adulthood and impact you at work and home. Learn about options to effectively manage ADHD to help you meet the demands of daily life.

Reese Druckenmiller LICSW By Reese Druckenmiller May 9, 2023

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are sudden periods of deep fear without clear cause, during which you may have mental and physical symptoms. Get answers to common questions about these sometimes scary events, and learn how panic disorders are related.

Brian Hesler, M.D. By Brian Hesler May 9, 2023

Unnamed pain: Coping with ambiguous grief

Ambiguous grief is when a person experiences a profound sense of loss and sadness not associated with death. While common, it can be a challenge to work through. Get five tips for coping.

Richard Oswald LPC By Rich Oswald April 10, 2023

Maintaining healthy relationships with age

Maintaining relationships and strong social networks as you age can contribute to a longer, healthier life. Read why having positive relationships is as important for health as nutrition and exercise.

Bonnie Betts PsyDLP By Bonnie Betts April 10, 2023

Tips for embracing joy in daily life

Joy is a remedy for stress-related burnout and good for overall health and well-being. It isn't always feeling happy; instead, it's feeling content and purposeful. Get tips for finding joy in your life.

March 23, 2023

How to create happiness

You can learn to be happy — or at least happier. Make a commitment to yourself to find happiness in each day. Ask yourself five questions to reflect on ways to boost your happiness.

Mysoon Ayuob MD By Mysoon Ayuob March 17, 2023

5 tips to manage stress

Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? It can be the challenge of balancing the pressures of work and school with the desire to connect with others. Here are five tips to keep stress manageable.

Brian Hesler, M.D. By Brian Hesler February 21, 2023

Use mindfulness to improve well-being

If you've heard of or read about mindfulness — a form of meditation — you might be curious about how to practice it. Find out how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you.

Nicole Sobkowiak LPC By Nicole Sobkowiak January 13, 2023

Seasonal affective disorder explained

Do cold, dark days leave you longing for warm sunshine? Mood changes can occur with the changing seasons. Learn about seasonal affective disorder and how you can manage the symptoms.

Kyja Stygar, M.D. By Kyja Stygar January 10, 2023

Seasonal affective disorder: Not just the winter blues

Shorter days and cold weather may leave you feeling depressed. If symptoms persist, it may be more than just the winter blues. Learn how to recognize SAD and get easy coping strategies.

Patrick Bigaouette MD By Patrick Bigaouette January 5, 2023