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We all face daily challenges in today's complicated and demanding world. ACA’s Counseling Corner Blog offers thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and strategies for helping you to live a happier and healthier life.

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  • Is Your Teen Able To Handle Peer Pressure?

    Nov 12, 2019
    If there's a teenager in your house then you've most likely experiences the issue of peer pressure. Our children are often strongly affected by what their friends and classmates say and do, even if the result may not be in their own best interests. Although it takes effort and can be frustrating, as parents we can play an essential role in helping our teens recognize and manage negative peer pressure.
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  • Eating For Better Mental Health

    Nov 4, 2019
    Most of us are well aware that the foods we choose each day have a direct effect on our physical health, but a number of research projects have shown that our dietary choices also play an important role in our mental and emotional well-being. Our food selection, for example, may play an big role in our risk for depression, one of the most common mental health issues in this country.
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  • Promoting Good Behavior In Your Children

    Oct 29, 2019
    Are you successful in having your children behave in ways that make you proud? It's goal we all shoot for as parents, but can often be a difficult one to achieve. Kids can be a challenge in so many ways, but there are things you can do as a parent to help encourage good behavior from your children and they aren't all that difficult.
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  • Understanding Why People Lie

    Oct 21, 2019
    It seems more and more these days that what we're being told is often not the truth. Politics today seems to be filled with exaggerations, semi-truths and even outright lies. Many of us find that even in our personal communications with friends and relatives that we may be hearing less than the whole truth. There are real, if not always acceptable, reasons why what people sometimes feel the need to lie.
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  • Planning Ahead Can Lower College Application Stress

    Oct 14, 2019
    Applying for college admissions can be a time of high stress for many families. It doesn't have to be that way. With a little planning, and an early start to the process, it may not be possible to make that college application process stress-free, but it certainly can make getting it all done much easier.
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  • Don't Let Anger Get The Best Of You

    Oct 7, 2019
    Do you find you're facing a lot of stress in your daily life? That isn't unusual these days and can lead to some unfortunate side effects. For some people living with more stress and anxiety can mean that it only takes a small incident to have them lash out in anger. It's a problem that can bring serious consequences. Here are some tips on how to better keep anger under control.
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  • Getting Your Stress Under Control

    Sep 5, 2019
    Stress is a common problem in today's busy world. Everyone faces stress in their daily lives, but some of us handle it better than others. When stress becomes overwhelming it can affect everything from a person's health to their relationships with those close to them. While no one can make all their stress disappear, there are things we all can do to better cope with and manage the stress we may be facing.
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  • Caregiver Burnout Is A Very Real Problem

    Sep 5, 2019
    As we see the average lifespan increasing more and more families are finding that extra care is needed for an aging loved one. In many cases, that means that one or more younger family members must move into a caregiver role, providing the help needed when someone can no longer take care of his or her daily needs. It can be a difficult role to fill and one that can sometimes be overwhelming.
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  • A Resource Not To Be Ignored - The School Counselor

    Sep 5, 2019
    Professional school counselors have a great deal to offer not only the students of their schools, but also parents and the classroom teachers. Unfortunately, too many parents don't realize how helpful school counselors can be in a variety of areas. School counselors' insights and advice can help students and their parents better manage the school experience at every grade level.
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  • Why Do Men Often Have A Hard Time Building Friendships?

    Sep 5, 2019
    It's been observed that there often is a distinct difference in the types of friendships that men have with other men, as compared to women and their female friends. Women tend to have closer, more emotional friendships, and usually share more with their friends. The lack of close friendships for men can become a problem as they grow older and sometimes find themselves lonely.
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