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How to Tell Your Family You’re Not Coming Home for Christmas

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How to Tell Your Family You’re Not Coming Home for Christmas

This holiday season will look very different for millions of Americans who have decided to forego traveling home this year due to the pandemic. While some families may be understanding, some may not be as happy with your decision. If you’ve decided not to go home for the holidays, here’s how to break it to your family without burning bridges....[ read more ]

Gratitude Guilt

 by Amanda Smith   I've been struggling with the concept of "gratitude" lately, and I think it has a lot to do with how this whole year has panned out. 2020 has glaringly reminded us that we have things for which to be thankful. However, it feels a bit uneasy publicly professing gratitude for things that seem slightly trivial in...[ read more ]

The Heart’s Healing Power

By Jessica King   Have you ever heard the phrase, “Listen to your heart, because it knows the way”?  According to research and a new tool Stillpoint will soon be offering, this couldn’t be more true. Heart Math has 25 years of research and technology that believes in the heart-brain connection as well as the influence it has on our...[ read more ]

Five Small Ways You Can Practice Gratitude

Holy cow… it’s November already?! I can’t believe 2020 is almost coming to a close. With 2021 rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on this past year. Although 2020 has been anything but easy, it’s important to remind ourselves that tough times will only make us grow.    If you’re finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirits with...[ read more ]

Is Hypnotherapy Right for You?

Is there a behavior or habit you've been trying to change or eliminate but haven't had any success? Do you wonder if hypnotherapy is right for you? A lot of people are intrigued but confused by hypnotherapy, and can you blame them? Most only know the concept from seeing a video of someone making an audience member cluck like a...[ read more ]

Self-Care for College Students During the Pandemic

By Amanda Smith, LCSW Oh, 2020! We've sure had our fair share of adjustments this year. Although COVID-19 has affected everyone on the planet, it has had an enhanced distinct effect on college students. Adjustment is an inevitable thing when it comes to college, but throw in a pandemic? Whew, it can get pretty tough. Luckily, we can do a...[ read more ]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On average, around 20 people (both men and women) are physically abused by a significant other or intimate partner in the United States every minute, which averages over 10 million per year. New research is showing there could be as much as a 20% increase in domestic violence throughout the world due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is because abuse is...[ read more ]

Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic

For the last six months, COVID-19 and its effects have completely rocked our world and lives as we know it. Although COVID-19 is an epidemiological crisis, the result and all the changes that have come with it is bringing about a new type of crisis- a mental health one. Along with feelings of anxiety, sadness or uneasiness, many of us...[ read more ]

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide

By Amanda Smith, LCSW September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so there's no better time than now to talk about teen suicide. As a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, I have supported many parents, teachers, and community members in learning the signs and symptoms of suicide and how to address these concerns with their teens. In many of my...[ read more ]

How Covid-19 Might Increase the U.S Suicide Rate

Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and in 2018 alone there was an estimated 1.4 million reported suicide attempts with 48,344 Americans dying by suicide in 2018 (you can learn more about suicide warnings and risk factors here). September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with the coronavirus continuing on,...[ read more ]