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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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  • Getting Your Stress Under Control

    Sep 05, 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 05, 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 05, 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 05, 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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  • Cutting Back On The Chaos Of School Mornings

    Sep 05, 2019
    In too many households, getting the kids ready for school seems like a 3-ring circus most days. The kids are late, breakfast is taking forever, forgotten permission slips need to be signed and Mom is yelling. It doesn't have to be that way. With a little planning, and a little sharing of more responsibility with the children, school mornings may not always be quiet and smooth running operations, but certainly don't have to be full blown chaos.
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  • Taking That Parent-Teen Disagreement Down A Level

    Aug 05, 2019
    Most parents notice that their children, often starting at a fairly young age, will argue and disagree with what the parent has had to say. It's part of maturing, but as our kids hit the teen years it can become more frequent and sometimes hostile. It doesn't have to be that way. Here is some information on why such disagreements occur, and some tips on how to minimize the level of disagreement.
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  • Is Your Memory Beginning To Worry You?

    Aug 05, 2019
    Worrying about all the things we can't seem to remember is a common problem as we age. Yes, we forgot things ever since we were kids, but as we approach our "senior" years it may begin to seem a real problem. Sometimes it can indicate a serious problem, but often just a few changes in your life can help strengthen and improve memory.
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  • Learning To Deal With That Empty Nest

    Aug 05, 2019
    This is a common time of the year for the kids in many homes to be heading off in new directions. It might be college, a new job, or any of a hundred other reasons why it's time to leave Mom and Dad. That usually seems a happy time, but for many parents suddenly living in an empty house brings emotions that aren't happy and can be difficult to handle.
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  • Do You Really Listen To What Others Have To Say?

    Aug 05, 2019
    We all value good friendships but building and maintaining positive relationships with those close to us doesn't just happen. One of the most important factors is being able to listen to what others have to say, especially when it's something truly meaningful to our friend or relative. Here are a few tips on how to build better relationships by being a better listener.
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  • It's Time To Be In Charge Of Your Life

    Jul 03, 2019
    It's easy to get wrapped up in our daily routines and to let things just sort of happen. Many of us are probably somewhat lazy and it doesn't take much effort to just life happen each day. At least until we wake up one day feeling bored and realizing we aren't really happy with how life is just going by. It doesn't have to be that way. If we start making small changes in our lives opportunities can open up and life can be much more satisfying.
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