Coping Strategies During Times of Change

2020 is a year of change for everyone. As soon as you get used one thing, things change again, and the sense of uncertainty is stressful even without fear of the virus itself. If you’re feeling uneasy about the unknown or worried about how you’re going to balance it all, here are some tips to cope: Acknowledge Change & Give up Control Don’t fight…

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Mental Health Benefits to Volunteering

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” This famous proverb holds a substantial amount of wisdom, and research supports the theory that volunteering benefits your mental…

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What Does Psychology Have to Do With Weight Loss?

New year. New goals. A fresh start. We often start a new year inspired with goals to practice healthy habits and lose weight. Yet how often have your diet plans felt sabotaged? You start a diet and exercise program that you can’t maintain, or you lose weight and get discouraged when you gain the weight back again? It’s easy to end up feeling defeated…

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5 Psychological Benefits of Gratitude

In America, we often think about gratitude more as Thanksgiving approaches, but Emmons, the leading scientific expert in gratitude, teaches about gratitude as a lifestyle. His research consistently reveals that gratitude improves all aspects of our health: physically, socially, and psychologically. People who cultivate gratitude into their lifestyles have stronger immune systems, so they are less physically sick. They also sleep better and tend…

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Managing Wedding Stress

As spring approaches, as does wedding season. Wedding planning can be one of the most challenging and stressful things that a pre-marital couple experiences. Dr. Julie Peterson, a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at LifeStance Health Clinical Services, understands how differing views and opinions are inevitable when wedding planning just as they are in marriages. Dr. Peterson advises PREPARE/ENRICH’s five helpful strategies…

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