Category: Stress Management

25 Mar
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How to Care for Yourself During Social Distancing

This post on caring for yourself during social distancing is adopted and shared with permission from Mental Health First Aid USA. Social Distancing Isolation from friends and family, job loss and death are challenges we’re all facing during these days of COVID-19. You are not alone. COVID-19 is affecting families across the world. We encourage […]

22 Feb
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The Foundations of Good Mental Health

These are the basic foundation and building blocks of mental health: sleep, nutrition, and exercise.  They don’t fix everything but they can go a long way to improving your overall mental health. I had a young adult come to see me who was struggling with depression and ADHD symptoms. When I asked about these foundations […]

04 Oct
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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress

Scary and upsetting events are bound to happen in our lives.  However, after an extraordinary event your mind and body learn new ways to react.  You are meant for survival and we have biological structures to help predicting potentially dangerous situations based on our past.  The Amygdala The brain structure looks like an almond.  It […]

09 Aug
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Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know

Being sad is a normal reaction to difficult times in life. But usually, the sadness goes away with a little time. Depression is different—it is a medical condition that may cause severe symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities like sleeping, eating, or working. Depression is more common among women […]

29 Jul
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Anger Management in Wilmington, NC

What’s Your Anger Style? “Anyone can become angry- that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way- that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.” Aristotle Each person has their own way of dealing with anger.  […]

03 Jun
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Trigger Awareness to help with Substance Abuse

What is a trigger for substance use? A trigger is a situation, event, or feeling that happens and causes an individual to want to use substances.  Triggers are categorized into two types: internal and external.  Triggers can occur for individuals who use substances occasionally and to those who use daily.  Increasing our awareness of what […]

20 Apr
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How Does Anxiety Affect Our Body?

Is anxiety a physical experience? Anxiety activates our a branch of our nervous system, called the sympathetic branch.  The sympathetic branch is better known as the fight or flight response.  When we are faced with a threat, our bodies will either fight the threat, freeze, or flee the threat.  Our bodies undergo a magnificent transformation […]

29 Mar
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Let Go of Expectations

Let it Go Alright women, it’s time to let go of the expectations that you have of yourself you can share your yuckies.  You can be a mess you don’t have to have it all together we all.  Often times have this idea that we have to live up to certain expectations.  We do it […]