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If you’ve spent some time in a kitchen, you remember the early days when you were first learning to cook. Questioning, testing, probably some burning. And you also know that as you continued to spend time in the kitchen, that uncertainty began to fade away and you started to find your place in your cooking. Food is physical fuel, but it also has strong connections to our emotions as well. For some, the act of cooking can even feel therapeutic.  A...

Deciding to drop out of college can be a huge life event for young adults. It can be incredibly emotional with feelings of failure, shame, or fear. It is important to remember that dropping out of school is not the end of the world. Some young adults may just need a break to regroup and refocus on their goals. Other young adults may find that college was not the right fit for them, but a career path or a trade...

Think about the last time you went to the beach. Picture the sunlight reflecting off of the water. Imagine the sounds of the waves. Feel the sun warming your skin and the sand beneath your toes. Chances are, just by imagining that time you spent at the beach, you felt yourself relax. Maybe your breath got a little deeper or your shoulders softened. This is the power of nature. Being in nature connects us to our surroundings, but it also...

A hike through the forest can make you feel connected to nature. The sounds of the waves during a beach run can be relaxing. We know that physical activity can have a positive effect on our overall mental health, but can being in nature provide even more benefits? Why Stay Active? Regular physical activity can help young adults improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Students who are physically active tend to have better...

Most young people have heard the term “BFF- Best Friends Forever”. It describes a commitment between friends that promises they’ll always be friends no matter what. And while this is a lovely sentiment, and there are some people who stay BFFs, the reality is that there will be times in your life when you no longer need to stay in a friendship. When this happens, it’s important to know when and how to let a friend go. Five Signs You’ve Outgrown...

In a world where many people feel disconnected and spend more time with technology than other peoples, doing an act of kindness is a way to connect with the people around you or even complete strangers. Studies have shown that putting the well being of others before our own without expecting anything in return stimulates the reward centers of the brain. Those “feel good chemicals” flood our system, and activities like volunteering, for example, have been shown to minimize stress...

The journey toward healing is a lifelong, continual process that takes effort, consistency, and a desire to keep pushing forward. During this journey, it’s important to take the time to remember how much progress you’ve made and celebrate the small wins that you’ve been able to accomplish along the way. Celebrating the small victories and reminding yourself how far you’ve come Society has conditioned us to constantly be striving for the next milestone, goal, promotion, or achievement, and because this external validation...

People who regularly exercise report a feeling of well-being. They feel more energetic during the day, experience better sleep, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves. Aside from the many positive physical benefits, exercise can also have a positive effect on mental health challenges.  Regular exercise can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. A 2019 article in Harvard Health found that running for 15 minutes...

When our children are young it’s easy to create holiday memories around writing letters to Santa and talking about flying reindeer. As our children get older, it can be more challenging to keep the magic alive. But just because family dynamics change, doesn’t mean that you can’t create lasting holiday memories.  Ideas for Creating Holiday Memories Volunteering is especially meaningful this time of year. As we take a moment to feel grateful for everything we have, we can also reach out to...