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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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  • 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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  • Facing The Challenge Of Mid-Life Dating

    Jul 17, 2017
    Dating is no longer an activity just for high school students. For a variety of reasons lots of people well past the high school years are finding themselves back in the dating pool. It can be a stressful experience at first, but if undertaken with some common sense approaches, can be an interesting and enjoyable experience.
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  • Tips For Encouraging Good Behavior In Your Children

    Jul 10, 2017
    Most parents would like their children to be perfectly behaved little gentlemen and ladies all of the time. But most parents are well aware that isn't going to happen. However, there are easy, positive things parents can do to encourage better behavior.
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  • What Are Your Dreams Trying To Tell You?

    Jul 03, 2017
    Do you dream? The answer is yes you do, even if you don't remember those dreams when you wake in the morning. Researchers report we all apparently dream every night, and when we do remember our dreams they may be telling us things about ourselves.
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  • Taking Steps To Minimize Memory Loss

    Jun 26, 2017
    As most of us get older we may begin to notice our memory isn't quite as sharp as it once was. Sometimes that's just the normal aging process, and sometimes it can indicate a problem. Here are some tips on how to spot problem memory problems, and how to take steps to improve memory.
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  • Are You Getting The Most Out Of That Family Vacation?

    Jun 19, 2017
    Vacations are more than just enjoyable, they're often an important way to get away from job pressures and daily stresses, and to refocus and re-energize. But too often people make vacations seem like just more work, or even bring a large part of the office on that family trip.
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  • Let's All Go Outside And Take A Walk!

    Jun 12, 2017
    It isn't news that it takes effort to stay healthy. And while most of us are pretty good about scheduling that visit to the doctor or dentist, too often we ignore the simplest things we can do for both better physical and mental health - eating right and staying active.
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