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  • Developing A Realistic Approach To Life

    Jul 02, 2018
    It can be fairly easy at times to feel disappointed about the life you're living, feeling you haven't lived up to your dreams and expectations. You look at others with fancier houses, or a better jobs, or any number of things that you once hoped would be part of your life, but aren't. Making all your past dreams and hopes come true may not be possible, but it most certainly is possible to take a more realistic and satisfying view of the life you're living and of all it does have to offer you.
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  • Is Your Summer Vacation Really A Vacation?

    Jul 02, 2018
    Too many of us, when looking forward to that long-anticipated summer vacation, tend to over-plan the holiday. The result can be feeling rushed and stressed, worried about all the planned activities to be completed while maybe also worrying about the office work left behind. The point of a vacation is to relax and refresh, and here are some tips on how to make that work.
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  • Making College Campus Tours Part Of A Summer Vacation

    Jul 02, 2018
    Summer vacation is when a lot of families with high school juniors and seniors schedule tours of prospective college and university choices. Such tours can be very informative and helpful, but to gain the most from them it's necessary to do some careful questioning and pre-planning. Here is some advice on how to make your college tour a productive visit.
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  • How To Help Your Teen Date Responsibly

    Jun 04, 2018
    The teenage years can be difficult ones for both the teen and his or her parents. There are any number of things that can cause parental anxiety, but one of the most stressful can be teen dating. Yet with the right approach and some good communication between teen and parents, there are ways to lower the stress levels considerably.
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  • Don't Let Alcohol Get The Best Of You

    Jun 04, 2018
    Summer picnics and backyard barbecues are usually a good excuse to have that cold beer or glass of wine. But they can also be a time when alcohol can begin to be a bigger issue. It can be difficult for someone to recognize when he or she has a drinking problem, but there are some simple questions to ask and see if that cold beer has grown into a larger problem.
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  • Making That Car Trip With Kids Less Stressful

    Jun 04, 2018
    A hot summer day and a long drive to a favorite vacation spot may not seem all that terrible, but toss in a back seat filled with one or more impatient and bored children and it can be a very unpleasant experience. Here are some suggestions on ways to make such travel more entertaining and much less painful for parents.
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  • Now, What Was It I Wanted To Remember To Tell You?

    Jun 04, 2018
    Most of us tend to notice that as we age we also tend to be a bit more forgetful. It may be harder to remember names, or appointments, or at least it seems that way as we find we're paying more attention to, and worrying more about, our less-than-perfect memory. But maybe there are some things we can do to help combat the problem.
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  • Your Diet, Your Physical Fitness and Your Mental Health? | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    Consistently eat a poor diet and you're most likely going to look bad and feel bad. That's probably not news to most people. But how much your food choices affect your mental health may not be something of which you're really aware. While it's easy to understand how eating several donuts a day may be swelling that waistline, it may not be as easy to see how it is affecting your mental health, even contributing to something as serious as depression.
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  • Take Your Stress For A Walk In The Woods | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    One of the most common mental health issues that we face today is simple stress. In most of our lives there can be any number of things that leave us feeling anxious and stressed. While there may not be any magic way to make that stress all just disappear, there are things we can do, including being more physically active, that can help counter that daily stress.
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  • Time To Stop Making "No Time For Exercise" Excuses | Find Fitness #4Mind4Body with a #CounselorsHelp

    May 02, 2018
    Looking for better mental health? A good starting point is to begin working toward better physical health and for most of us that means getting ourselves into better shape. The busy lifestyle most of us have can make it easy to find excuses rather than find time to get some exercise. But learning to stop making excuses about exercise can have you looking and feeling better, being healthier and yes, having better mental health as well.
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