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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...

Do you find yourself avoiding social situations where you will be meeting new people? Maybe you feel exhausted after being in a crowd or even just hanging out with a small group of friends. If the above scenarios sound familiar, you may be an introvert.  What is an Introvert? Introversion is a personality trait characterized by a focus on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Introverts tend to be more quiet, reserved, and introspective. Unlike extroverts who gain energy...

For many young adults, leaving home for the first time is also the first time that you are completely in charge of your nutrition and eating habits. Cereal for dinner? No one is there to tell you no. Ice cream at 1 am? Why not? This kind of freedom can be exciting, but it can also lead to unhealthy eating habits if left unchecked. Creating Healthy Meals One of the first steps towards creating healthy meals is to understand what makes a...

AP Courses, SAT Scores, GPA, and personal statements aren’t necessarily a predictor of whether young adults with experience success in a college environment. Despite academic achievements, many young adults are emotionally unprepared to navigate independence when they enter college. This can lead to a growing phenomenon, known as failure to launch, that occurs when young adults struggle to meet their goals despite the steps that they have started to take towards meeting them.  Common Causes of Failure to Launch for College...

Since the smartphone has become a part of our daily lives, screens have become an essential commodity of our culture. Every day we are subjected to emails, texts, photos, e-invites and so much more. It's clear to see that adults have shifted their entire lives over to screens in both a professional and personal capacity. But what about teens? What are the effects of screen time on the generations that are growing up?  Social and Developmental Effects of Screen Time Studies have...

While individual therapy during residential treatment is focused on processing past patterns and learning new ways of coping, therapy in a transition program is about how to apply the skills they’ve learned to present-day scenarios and asking for help when it is needed. There’s a shift from “how do I manage life’s stresses as someone who struggles with their mental health” to “how do i manage life’s stresses as an adult with personal goals.” Many young adults in a similar...

The idea of being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder can feel daunting for a teenager who feels like they have the rest of their life ahead of them. “Personality disorders” refer to a long-held pattern of behavior and treatment-resistance, but they are not necessarily an intrinsic part of one’s personality. Borderline Personality Disorder is often developed as a way to cope with attachment issues and a history of trauma. As teens begin to heal from trauma during residential treatment, symptoms...