How Summer Heat Affects Our Mood

How Summer Heat Affects Our Mood

The Weather Influences Our Mood The weather can affect our mental health in more ways than we realize. We’re all aware of the winter doldrums, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). During the winter, some people feel depressed and moody. Although thought to be caused by the lack of sun during colder seasons, SAD can also occur in the summertime.  It’s not hard to imagine how the summer heat can change our mood. Being sweaty and uncomfortable can make anyone cranky. Sitting in a hot car, doing yard work under the sun, and humid summer evenings can raise blood...

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Boosting Your Immune System Through Stress Management

Boosting Your Immune System Through Stress Management

Stress and the Immune System We’ve all been there. Studied all week for Finals Week, surviving on one hour of sleep each day and coffee.  Or working overtime for a month straight with very little rest and eating fast food.  At some point, you start to feel weak, and you start to sniffle. Soon you have a full-blown illness. The stress has compromised your immune system. The American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes that stress can severely weaken the immune system. Their statement is, “health can benefit from conscientious stress management.” The APA also states, “long-term or chronic stress, through too...

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5 Tips to Overcome Working Mom Stress

5 Tips to Overcome Working Mom Stress

If Instagram were any indication you’d think being a working mom was about perfectly coiffed kids and meal prepped lunches with artfully arranged food. Social media shows us perfectly curated photos of motherhood. It’s vital that we understand how far those photos are from the truth. Being a mother is full of beautiful highs and deep lows. It’s about the biggest love and the hardest frustrations. Add work to the mix, along with chores and bills and a marriage, and working mom stress can build up. The American Psychological Association (APA) notes that women are much more likely than men...

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The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety and How to Break It

The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety and How to Break It

Everyone feels stress and anxiety from time to time. It helps us overcome daily struggles and pushes us to improve ourselves. However, there are times when the brain misjudges the need for anxiety, and it can cause problems instead. In these cases, anxiety can become disruptive and become a disorder. Anxiety is Common If you are experiencing anxiety, know that it's common, and you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Health, anxiety disorders are the most common forms of mental illness in the US. About 1 in 5 adults are affected each year. For children and adolescents, about...

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The Link Between Pets and Stress Relief

The Link Between Pets and Stress Relief

People that own pets, whether it's a dog or cat, or some other type of furry or scaly pet, know that these critters offer comfort (and so much more). Indeed, studies have shown that pets offer more than just companionship. They help improve mental health, physical well-being, and more. How Pets Help Us You've probably had an experience where it seemed like your dog or cat somehow knew you were in a bad mood or feeling depressed and they seemed to give you extra attention, as though they wanted to help you get through this rough time. Whether or not...

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