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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Use mindfulness to cope with chronic pain

Mindfulness has become a popular concept. Frequently thought of as a way to manage stress and improve focus, discover the benefits of mindfulness practice for helping with chronic pain.

Lori Sodeman LGSW By Lori Sodeman February 20, 2024

Building resilience: 9 ways to tame anxiety

Racing heart, trembling body and scattered mind. Anxiety is common and can overtake your emotions and life. Discover practical strategies to build resiliency when faced with your anxiety triggers.

Linda Hubbard, L.M.F.T. By Linda Hubbard February 8, 2024

Establishing healthy behaviors that stick

Setting resolutions and goals may be done with the best intentions, but it's easy to have them break down over time. So why do people fall short of goals to make healthy diet and lifestyle changes?

Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., L.P. By Lisa Hardesty February 1, 2024

Map it out: Setting boundaries for your well-being

Do your daily responsibilities and obligations leave you feeling stretched thin, stressed or anxious? Learn how setting boundaries can be a powerful tool for your mental and emotional health.

Richard Oswald LPC By Rich Oswald December 27, 2023

The W-Curve Model: Understanding a new college student’s experience

Freshman year of college is known for new experiences, but it also presents challenges. The W-Curve model is an emotional pattern incoming students may experience during their first year in college.

Rosean Bishop LP By Rosean Bishop August 24, 2023

College students and depression: A guide for parents

Many college students struggle with depression or anxiety. As school resumes, talk about these conditions with your student, and brush up on symptoms and warning signs so you can step in with help.

Kristen Bowe CNP By Kristen Bowe August 22, 2023

The art of kindness

Kindness is more than behavior — it's a quality of being. Kindness often is simple and free. Try a few easy ways to boost your kindness and enjoy the benefits of a longer, healthier life.

Steve Siegle, L.P.C. By Steve Siegle August 17, 2023

5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Countdown to take control of anxiety

Feeling anxious now and then is common, but you can manage those feelings. Take control the next time your mind is stuck on the worry setting with these steps.

Jill Christensen NP By Jill Christensen July 13, 2023

Behind the mask: Managing high-functioning anxiety

People with high-functioning anxiety hide behind successful facades, while on the inside, they have persistent feelings self-doubt, worry and fear of not measuring up. Learn the symptoms and get coping strategies.

Linda Hubbard, L.M.F.T. By Linda Hubbard July 11, 2023

Living in fear: Cancer recurrence

Some fear of cancer recurring is normal, but excessive fear can decrease your quality of life. Here's how you can manage your fear.

Kaye Sturz, N.P. By Kaye Sturz July 6, 2023

From nightmare to recovery: Unraveling the mysteries of PTSD

PTSD is a common, natural reaction to a traumatic event. Explore key aspects of diagnosis, and how treatment can help people control mental and physical reactions, and regain their lives.

Jackie RichterMoser MS SAC By Jackie Richter June 13, 2023

Four tips for easing loneliness through connection

Loneliness, a by-product of COVID-19 pandemic isolation, now is considered an epidemic in the U.S. The prescription for easing loneliness? More human connection. These tips can help you reconnect.

Jennifer Larson LaRue By Jennifer Larson LaRue June 6, 2023