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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 The Most From That Visit To The Doctor

    Nov 01, 2018
    Visits to the doctor's office are something most of us would like to avoid, mainly by staying healthy. But sometimes it's simply necessary to see your family physician and when you do it's important to get as much as possible out of the visit. Many people find doctor visits stressful, and the medical terms they encounter intimidating. What follows are some suggestions to make encounters with the medical profession more productive and beneficial.
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  • Holiday Celebrating Without The Guilt

    Nov 01, 2018
    The holiday period offers most of us ample opportunities to make mistakes. From having one drink too many at that office party, to finally telling Uncle Edgar what you really think of him during that family Christmas dinner, to simple over-eating and partying to excess, the season provides a number of chances to do things that have us feeling sorry and guilty the next day. Here are some ideas for making the holiday season more enjoyable and guilt-free.
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  • Making Holiday Travel A Better Experience

    Nov 01, 2018
    Last year nearly one-third of Americans packed up and headed off on a trip somewhere during the holiday season. This year, despite higher gasoline and airline fares, the numbers are expected to be even higher. If end-of-year travel is in your plans, here are a few suggestions on how to make the experience, whatever your mode of travel, at least a little less frustrating and stressful.
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  • Mid-Life Dating Can Actually Be Fun

    Nov 01, 2018
    Researchers report that more Americans than ever are using online-dating applications to find new relationships. One report found that between 2013 and 2015, the use of digital dating sites increased by almost two-thirds for adults 45-54. Dating later in life can be intimidating, but here are a few simple tips to reduce the stress and anxiety that mid-life dating can sometimes bring.
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  • It's Time To Understand Depression

    Oct 01, 2018
    Depression is an increasingly common mental health problem, yet one which is far too often left untreated. That's truly unfortunate, since depression is a leading cause of suicide, especially for young people and the elderly. Depression can strike in several forms, and none of them should be ignored.
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  • How To Tell When A Marriage Is In Trouble

    Oct 01, 2018
    Every relationship is liable to hit rough spots, but the secret to any good relationship is to be able to recognize when there are trouble areas and to act to overcome them. There are often early signs when a marriage is not working as it should, but it takes some effort to spot the problems and to do something about them.
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  • Sticking With Exercise For Better Physical and Mental Health

    Oct 01, 2018
    If you aren't already exercising regularly you've probably found it can be difficult to get started. It can also be hard to stick with an exercise program. It's far too easy to let a busy life get in the way of staying physically active. Here are some tips on starting a sensible exercise program and keeping it going.
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  • Understanding And Overcoming Road Rage

    Oct 01, 2018
    While today's cars have more safety features than ever, there's one danger that the automobile companies can do little about -- the person behind that steering wheel. It's often easy to get upset or angry when faced with traffic jams, road repairs and bad drivers. It's a pointless reaction, and sometimes a dangerous one, that needs to be controlled.
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  • Don't Let Tests Overwhelm Your Child

    Oct 01, 2018
    Many students, regardless of grade level, find that tests and quizzes produce high levels of anxiety. And while school exams are almost always going to produce some amount of nervousness for most students, there are ways the students can better prepare, and parents can help, to reduce such test anxiety.
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  • Helping Your Teen Deal With Peer Pressure

    Sep 10, 2018
    As the parent of virtually any teenager can tell you, Mom and Dad's opinions might matter sometimes, but it's more the teen's peers who have the biggest effect on everything from hair styles to clothes and much more. Often that's not a bad thing, sometimes even a good thing, but teens can also face negative peer pressure and that's when parents want to be there to help.
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