Beating Eating: 5 Steps to Overcome Emotional Eating

One of the ways in which we cope with stress and other issues is through eating. This kind of eating, while it may feel comforting in the moment, can lead to a variety of health issues, both physical and mental. Here’s a five-step plan to beat your emotional dependence on food: STEP 1: Ask yourself, […]

3 Myths about Depression

October is National Depression Awareness Month, so let’s talk a little more about the common mental illness that affects millions of Americans every year. A specific incident or a combination of factors may be at the root of an individual’s depression. Grief over the loss of a loved one, a major life change, physical or […]

Disconnect to Connect

Disconnect to Connect

Depression. It’s one of the most common mental health issues among adults. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015. And depression can be linked to social media, a study by […]

A Barista’s Tale

A Barista’s Tale

“Hey! I paid for a Grande, not a Tall in a Grande cup!” I know it’s far from the worst job on the planet. Some days it feels like the worst job on the planet. But hey— it’s my job, and the customer wants me to fill her latte to the top. So I steam […]

Secrets to Self-Care

Secrets to Self-Care

Self-care. The buzzword has been circulating in areas of mental health, but everyone has a slightly different definition and idea of how to execute it. In short, self-care is any activity that adds to or replenishes you. Self-care can be having your hair cut, or something physical, like receiving a massage or exercising. It can […]

Coping with Disaster

Coping with Disaster

This article appears in its original, unabridged form at www.ready.gov/coping-with-disaster. Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. The emotional toll that disaster brings can sometimes be even more devastating than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business or personal property. Children, senior citizens, people with access or functional needs, and people for […]

5 Steps to Avoid…Procrastination

  Psychologists see procrastination as a kind of avoidance behavior. Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next […]

Changing the Channel

In those distant, pre-digital days of yore, when an annoying commercial came on the tube, we simply changed the channel. It’s getting harder these days to avoid ads, but the principle remains true: when we don’t like what’s on, we can change the channel. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of Americans […]

Workplace Martyrs

We lived through the Medieval Age, the Roman Age, even the Age of Aquarius to lead us to the Workplace Martyr Age. Despite the popular idea that Millennials are a lazy workforce, it seems they have a goal of workplace Martyrdom and need to learn to say no. This is an important skill for all […]

The Kindness of Strangers

“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”  This quote may be vaguely familiar.  It is Blanche DuBois at the end of Tennessee William’s play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the movie version of which featured Marlon Brando with his famous yelling of “Stella” from the street up to Blanche’s sister’s house. […]