Strategies for Coming Out to Family & Friends

Taking the time to understand and be connected with your gender and sexual identities can be a stressful and trying process. Once you have accepted yourself, you may be ready to share the news with family and friends to receive their acceptance. But nervousness and anxiety can run rampant if you don’t know how they… Continue reading Strategies for Coming Out to Family & Friends

Something to Smile About

Smiling is something we do tens or even hundreds of times each day without thinking about it. Outwardly, a smile sends a clear message of joy, contentment, and pride. But what message does smiling send to our bodies?  In honor of National Smile Day, which is observed on May 31 each year, we’re sharing facts… Continue reading Something to Smile About

Coping with Grief & Loss

We often associate grief and loss with sickness and death. However, those aren’t the only times we can feel the pang of grief. Losing your job, your house, a friendship, or romantic relationship can all trigger feelings of profound sadness and despair.

Skipping the Snooze Button: Correcting “Night Owl” Habits to Improve Sleep Quality

Do you ever feel like you aren’t getting enough sleep? Maybe you’ve resigned yourself to “just being a night owl,” but sleep is a big part of your physical and mental health, so here are two habits to break and three to pick up to ditch the night owl lifestyle and start sleeping better.  Put… Continue reading Skipping the Snooze Button: Correcting “Night Owl” Habits to Improve Sleep Quality

The Positive Impact of Listening to Sad Music

Do you ever find yourself wanting to listen to sad music? According to one study, it may help you effectively process emotions. So, pull up your favorite sad songs playlist, grab a mug of something warm, and listen as the lyrics let you dive in and work through your emotions. Comforting sorrow In most circumstances,… Continue reading The Positive Impact of Listening to Sad Music

Psychoactive Drugs

Did you know that your morning cup of coffee or favorite afternoon soda contains a psychoactive drug? While it’s mostly harmless, caffeine alters our mental state by increasing energy metabolism and decreasing cerebral blood flow. In other words, it creates a false reality by stimulating your brain. This classifies caffeine as a psychoactive drug, or… Continue reading Psychoactive Drugs

Children and Picky Eating

Do you have a picky eater at home? Good nutrition can make a big impact on children’s mental health and development, so the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a few tips for making them love more veggies and nutritious foods. https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/eating-as-a-family/children-and-picky-eating

Eat Right on a Budget

Nutritious food is a critical piece to better mental health. If you’re operating on a tight budget, it’s still possible to eat healthy while pinching pennies. Learn more in this video from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/eat-right-on-a-budget/eat-right-on-a-budget

March is National Nutrition Month

You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” It rings true regardless of your age or weight. Eating right and having good nutrition is essential for a healthy mind and body because what you eat impacts energy levels, mood, overall health, and mental well-being. Food and your mood Having a healthy and well-balanced diet… Continue reading March is National Nutrition Month

Is It Time to Start Job Searching?

A toxic workplace is one where the atmosphere, people, or both create negative disruptions to a person’s entire life, even outside of work. In a toxic work environment, employees find it hard to work and grow in their careers because of the pressures created by coworkers, managers, or the company as a whole.  If you… Continue reading Is It Time to Start Job Searching?