The Benefits of Investing in Self-Expression

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Why Expressing Yourself Matters Recent research is finding a clear connection between self-expression and strong mental health. A poll conducted in June 2023 by the American Psychiatric Association found that 7 in 10 individuals engaging in creative activities such as crafting, writing, and walking in nature reported very good or excellent mental health. A 2016 […]

A Guide to Goal-Setting

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Personalized Progress Resolutions are pesky things – we struggle to keep them, but we aren’t ready to quit them. Here, we chat with Dr. Shayla Toombs-Withers, founder of Essence of Health Wellness Clinic, for some insight and tips about setting goals that stick. SMART Goals S Specific M Measurable A Achievable R Realistic T Timely […]

Stomping Out Negative Self Talk

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Coaching Your Inner Voice Our inner voices follow us everywhere we go. The one voice we are guaranteed to hear our whole lives is our own, so the way we talk to ourselves matters. When that voice starts to feel more foe than friend, it can be distressing and difficult to escape. Studies report that […]

Out of Office

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Setting Yourself Up to Enjoy Time Off From battling burnout to making memories with loved ones, taking time off is an important part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In fact, studies show that vacations can reduce anxiety and depression, improve physical health, and even boost productivity on the job. But when stress from the […]

How to Rebound From Rejection

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Rejection is a scary thing for many people. Whether you apply for a job, attend a new social event, or try to connect with another person on a romantic level, putting yourself out there means facing the possibility that you will be rejected. In order to learn more about how to cope with rejection in […]

How to Stop Working So Much

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All Work & No Play Americans are working more hours than ever. In fact, studies have shown that the United States is the most overworked developed nation in the world. Putting in over-time has become the rule rather than the exception, and now, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found themselves […]

Seasonal Self-Care Tips

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Local Ladies Share Their Self-Care Strategies for the Holiday Season Between the Christmas shopping, travel planning, house decorating, and holiday meal preparation – not to mention taking care of loved ones – our to-do lists seem never-ending come November. What is sometimes missing from that to-do list is making time for self-care, although it should […]

The Importance of Alone Time

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Taking Time for Yourself Life is busy. It’s no secret that taking a few minutes for yourself each day can feel like an impossible feat. However, it’s worth it! The benefits of a little “me-time” are many. From increased empathy and creativity, to building mental strength that staves off depression, alone time can really help […]


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The Beauty of Embracing Originality We’re all guilty of it. Everyone has at least one thing about themselves that they would like to change. It’s a well known but rarely talked about phenomenon that equalizes us as humans. But as the old adage queries, “How boring would this world be if we all looked alike?” […]


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How to Combat Smartphone Addiction Dr. Ken Pittman of Agape Youth Behavioral Health shares his professional insight on both the warning signs of smartphone addiction and the benefits of knowing when to take a break. The habitual use of smartphones is taking up an ever-increasing portion of the average person’s day, and many don’t even […]

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