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Tips to Beat Holiday Blues

Be accountable for your happiness!! Only you have control over your feelings, not your spouse, children or co-workers just you. However, sometimes sadness has a way of creeping in on us especially during the holiday season. This may be a time of dread for some of us. As life would have it, there are many…

May is Mental Health Month: Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

We must acknowledge that there are still various communities with cultural stigma and bias towards mental health. The negative beliefs make it difficult for those who are suffering to receive the necessary support needed. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. However, people experience symptoms…

5 Ways to Help Your Children Manage Their Anger

1. Start with Yourself Model calm behavior. Show your children that you can control your temper. Show them that you can calm yourself down when you get angry, even when disciplining them. Children learn by example and they are watching how you handle conflicts and disagreements. 2. Express Anger with Words Many kids display anger…

Foundations of Intimate Relationships

Earlier this month I wrote about friendships and how to maintain that type of relationship. There are commonalities in all good relationships but they have different elements. In this post, I will discuss intimate relationships. How Intimate Relationships are Different Intimate relationships are different than friendships and most other types of relationships because they involve physical and…

Have That “New Year” Magic All Year Long!

Every New Year may seem magical; however, the magic is not in the year but in you. You can have this renewed magical feeling every month, every six months, heck every day! Setting your intentions, having strong commitments and reaching your goals are key!!! You have to create habits that lead to your success. So…

Dealing With Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

The countless feelings you may go through when diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. You may ask yourself, “How will my family and I get through this?” or “How much do I tell my children about my illness?” While there are many developments being made in cancer treatment, it is understandable that you and your family…

Suicide Awareness in the LGBTQ Community

  Did You Know? Suicide attempts among LGBTQ youth are 20-40% higher than non-LGBTQ youth. Suicide attempts are four times greater for LGB youth and two times greater for questioning youth than that of heterosexual youth. Each time LGBT victimization occurs it increases the likelihood of self-harming behaviors by 2.5 times on average. Almost half…

Back-to-School Anxiety: Helping Teens and Tweens Cope

Back-to-school can be a time of great joy for parents, but not so much for some teens and tweens. Ever think back to your first day of school? Were you nervous? Excited? Anxious? Optimistic? Most of us can recall a wide range of emotions during the annual trek back to school, especially in the middle…

Life’s Transitions

Transition is defined as a passage or movement from one state, condition, or place to another, and is considered both a process and an outcome of complex person environment interactions. Transitions are a natural part of our lives, whether planned or unexpected. When multiple transitions occur simultaneously they become more complex to manage, sometimes leading…