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  • Even Remote Tragic Events Can Affect You Personally

    Oct 12, 2017
    Vicarious trauma is when we are negatively affected by happenings, usually terrible, tragic and frightening events, that have occurred far from where we live and to people we don't actually know. Yet the negative effects such events can have on us are very real and quite common.
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  • Volunteering As A Way To Reduce Senior Stress

    Sep 11, 2017
    As someone ages it isn't uncommon to find the amount of stress in one's life increases. From health problems to financial worries, there are a variety of ways that life becomes more difficult and the stress of daily living becomes a real factor. But there are ways to decrease that stress. One of the best is to have a more active social life, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to begin volunteering.
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  • School Morning Chaos Can Be Avoided

    Sep 11, 2017
    School mornings can be a chaotic scene. Nobody wants to get out of bed. Breakfast is something to dawdle over. Then there's those missing homework assignments, school books, essential clothes, and the fact the clock keeps ticking toward that "gonna be late for school" deadline. So here are some suggestions on making school mornings a bit more manageable.
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  • When Moms Think Of Returning To The Work Force

    Sep 11, 2017
    There might be any number of reasons why someone has decided to go job hunting, even though it may have been several years ago that they were last earning a paycheck. Making that decision, and getting out for those first few interviews, can be highly stressful. Here are some suggestions on how to make the process less intimidating.
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  • This Year Take Advantage Of All The School Counselor Has To Offer

    Sep 11, 2017
    What do school counselors do? Most parents aren't really aware of all the services that school counselors can provide. From elementary through high school, your school's counselor has a wide range of advice and assistance to offer. It's well worth contacting your child's school counselor early in the school year and finding out more about how he or she can help make the school year more successful.
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  • Recognizing An Abusive Relationship

    Aug 24, 2017
    Abusive relationships are not an infrequent occurrence. It's important to be able to recognize the elements that make a relationship abusive, whether it's one you're in yourself, or one that someone close to you is experiencing. There is help available.
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  • Suggestions For Surviving Your Child's Teenage Years

    Aug 24, 2017
    Many parents find themselves confused, frustrated and angry as they try to deal with that teenager in the house. But if one understands what that teenager is experiencing, and learns to take some time and patience with the relationship, it all can be much easier.
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  • It's Important That You Feel You Matter To Others

    Aug 15, 2017
    We all want to feel that we matter to the people with whom we interact. Whether it's a marriage, a romantic relationship, a friendship or even a work relationship, knowing that we matter to others is important to our self-esteem and happiness.
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  • What Can You Do To Restore Someone's Trust In You?

    Aug 01, 2017
    We all make mistakes, and sometimes a mistake might mean that someone close to us, someone whom we care about a great deal, suddenly feels that he or she can no longer trust us. That can hurt a great deal, but there are ways to try and rebuild that trust and once again be close.
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  • Nervousness Is Okay... Anxiety Not So Good

    Jul 25, 2017
    It's a common experience to sometimes feel nervous about an upcoming event. But some people may find that their nervousness can spiral into anxiety that can have real and serious negative effects on their lives. It's important to be able to recognize the differences and to deal with severe anxiety.
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