Defend Your Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, or just chronically not feeling good affects a lot of people. It can be difficult to cope with negative feelings. There are many things you can do to support good mental health, including healthy hobbies, healthy coping strategies and increasing resilience. One of the most effective things you can do is choosing realistic, positive thoughts. It’s not about telling yourself everything is rainbows … Continue reading Defend Your Mental Health

How to Regulate Overwhelming Emotions

Handling big, negative emotions can be challenging. When you become overwhelmed by sadness, worry, or anger, there are some things you can do to help you get through that moment. One strategy is called the Four A’s. This simple tool can help in many different situations. The Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just starting—when the ‘wave’ … Continue reading How to Regulate Overwhelming Emotions

Understanding The Signs of Stress

According to the Oxford Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Though we typically talk about stress negatively, not all stress is bad. Eu-stress, or good stress, is stress from positive things. Like going to a party for example, may be fun and exciting, but it can still cause strain on energy levels, … Continue reading Understanding The Signs of Stress

Healthy Coping Strategies

Practicing healthy coping strategies affects every aspect of our well being. They help us navigate difficult situations effectively and have more joy in life. There are lots of healthy ways to cope with stress. Below are some suggestions for things you can try:  Emotional:  Consistently do activities that make you happy.  Small and simple things can go a long way to energize you. Listen to … Continue reading Healthy Coping Strategies

How to Be Resilient

Resilience – having a solution-focused approach to overcoming obstacles and challenges leads to greater well being – this can aid in both prevention of substance use disorders and in recovery. Resilience is a powerful tool to have, but it isn’t something you can buy on Amazon.  So how do you become resilient and what is the purpose of being resilient? One definition of resilience is … Continue reading How to Be Resilient

Most Don’t

A “norm” is a value, belief or behavior considered by a group of people to be acceptable.  Most often it is unwritten and learned by interacting and observation of other people.  Most cultural groups or communities follow these same norms so we come to believe that is the standard way of behaving, therefore we shape our own behavior accordingly.  Norms teach us what acceptable behavior … Continue reading Most Don’t