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Grief in the Current Era of the Pandemic

The term “grief” is typically associated with reflecting about someone’s death or a loss from a death. More than 2,800,000 deaths occur annually in the USA, and 5% to 9% of the population sustains the loss of a close family member each year, according to data from 2017. Unfortunately,…

Helping Children and Teens Manage Stress during COVID-19

Children and teens may face a variety of stressors as they navigate everyday life. During this unique time of COVID-19, the nature of the stressors are different, and it becomes even more important for youth to strengthen their coping and…

Mindfulness: Focus On What You Can Control

“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” –Thich Nhat Hanh Most of us are experiencing some levels of stress and anxiety during the uncertain times we are living in with the COVID-19…

Keeping Stress at Bay during COVID-19

Over the past several weeks, and, in particular, the past several days, I am reminded of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” With the entire global community struggling to contain and manage the existential threat that is the coronavirus, times are now, if…

Living Well in 2020

If you’re like the millions of Americans kicking off new resolutions and wellness plans in 2020, it can seem overwhelming at first. While many choose the first month of the year to start incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, it is important to understand what defines wellness before the journey…

How to Find Peace in a Chaotic World

Without a doubt, we live in interesting times socially, politically and professionally. Long gone are the days when we could read the daily news without fear of being accosted by the latest scandals, violent episodes and domestic disputes. No matter where we turn, adversity awaits, and it seems hard to…

Movember – Not Just About the Moustache

November brings with it an influx of cooler weather, winter holidays and moustaches. While some men claim they are just warming up for the winter, many are donning this keratin-based accessory for a more meaningful cause. What is Movember? If one would ask the average person to define Movember, many…

Mental Health Matters — Overcoming the Stigma

Mental health has become more prominent than ever for both adults and children, so why is there still stigma? Many adults are nervous to seek help or afraid to admit they need it. Why is this still the case, when the number of those affected with mental illness continues to…

Shorter days could be trigger for winter blues

Some people believe that seasonal affective disorder, often called the “winter blues,” is unlikely in Florida where winter temperatures hover around 65 degrees. However, the change in temperature has very little to do with SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs around the same time every…