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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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  • ICYMI: How to Handle Stress in Your Life

    Jul 20, 2020
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  • Advocacy Efforts Needed to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities Magnified During COVID-19

    Jul 6, 2020
    Written by Rebecca Toporek, PhD & Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT
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  • Learning To Relax Is A Great Idea

    Jun 29, 2020
    Relaxing is just a natural skill that we all have mastered, right? Unfortunately, especially in troubled times such as these, really relaxing can be difficult to make happen. Yet relaxing and giving your brain a rest from all the tension and worry that it is dealing with lately is an important and needed accomplishment. Here are some tips on how to focus on getting a little relaxation into your life.
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  • Is Quarantining Negatively Affecting Our Kids?

    Jun 22, 2020
    With many schools closed, playgrounds restricted and summer camps and sports programs shut down this year, many parents are worried of the effects all this isolation may be having on their children. While there aren't many definitive answers, most experts advise that while the quarantining and social distancing may be making a lot of kids unhappy, the lack of social and sports activities probably has little long term affect.
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  • Will A Driving Vacation Be Safe This Year?

    Jun 18, 2020
    This summer is likely to bring changes to what families were imagining would be their summer vacations. Trips to other countries or even airline flights to other parts of the U.S. are vacation ideas most families are going to find impossible or at least very frightening. Yet experts are advising that vacations can play a major role in helping us all relax and handle stress. A well planned driving vacation can offer a safe way to get family time together.
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  • Don't Let Screen Time Take Over

    Jun 18, 2020
    With so many of us quarantining at home and with so much of our in-person social activity reduced in response to the current health crisis, there has been an enormous increase in the amount of time both adults and children are spending with their electronic devices. While that often serves a lot of useful purposes, it can also easily get out of control. Developing a schedule is one way to keep those online activities from taking over your family and life.
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  • Exercising For Improved Mental Health

    Jun 18, 2020
    Coronavirus has affected all of our lives in various ways. One of the most common is that it has raised the stress, anxiety levels for most of us, along with increased feelings of depression. While we can't control the outside factors that are causing such stress, we can take action to minimize the way such these things are affecting us. The following are some simple tips on using increased levels of physical activity to help improve mental health.
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  • Maintaining Good Mental Health Is Essential

    May 25, 2020
    There are numerous reasons in recent days to be worried and to feel anxious about what life has recently become. Focusing excessively on such problems, however, is not a means of promoting good mental health. While the recent health crisis is mostly beyond our control, there are a number of things in all our lives that we can control, and that we can use to help maintain good mental health. Here are some suggestions on steps to take for a more positive outlook in troubled times.
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  • Bad Times And Depression

    May 18, 2020
    The health crisis this nation has been facing has affected just about every aspect of our lives. While the media gives regular reports on the effects it has had on businesses and the nation's finances, one aspect often overlooked is the negative impact it may have had on the mental health of numerous individuals. Depression is a serious mental health issue, often triggered by major life changes as we are now facing. It's not a problem to be ignored. Here are some tips on recognizing major depression and steps to take if it does occur.
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  • Don't Let The Kids Drive You Crazy

    May 11, 2020
    Current life is quite different for most of us thanks to the ongoing health crisis. But while, as adults, we usually can understand what is happening and can adjust to it, for our children the story can be quite different. Not being able to play with friends, having to do school work online, or just being bored stuck in the house can leave our children feeling angry, impatient and just plain frustrated. Here are some tips on how to make that at-home time a bit easier and more productive.
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