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Identifying toxic influences in our lives and creating boundaries is good for our mental and physical health.
Some people make us feel bad about ourselves. When we spend time with them, we might engage in destructive behaviors. They don't bring out the best in us. These people are toxic influences . According to Mental Health America , 84% of women and 75% of men report having had...
A birthmother and daughter reconnected through a letter
At a time when we are physically distanced from one another, Cindy Skauge , LBSW, helped bring together a daughter and her birthmother. Cindy works in Adoption Search and Disclosure for The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota . She helps adopted adults, birth siblings,...
Advice for creating a healthy routine
Go to work. Drive carpool. Make dinner. Wash the dishes. Do the laundry. Help with homework. Put the kids to bed. Buy the groceries. Pay the bills. Our to-do lists seem never-ending, and many of us are exhausted even before we’ve added in important self-care habits like exercise, journaling or...
Tools to thrive for positive mental health
It’s important to have the right tools for the job. When a worldwide pandemic turns our jobs, schools, social life and family dynamics upside down, we need the tools to thrive. In honor of May being Mental Health Month, Mental Health America is offering a #Tools2Thrive toolkit to increase resiliency,...
Being cooped up with family and social distancing creates additional stresses for families
Many families are spending more time at home – together – than they likely ever have. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the related stay-at-home orders create the opportunity for more quality time (Monopoly, anyone?), they also present challenges. With the stress that comes with social distancing and being cooped up...