Coping with Stress During the Holidays

The holiday times are upon us, and with the holidays often comes an increase in our stress levels.  It can be difficult to keep up with the demands on our time and on our pocketbooks. We may be saddened by the feeling that the season is over-commercialized and far removed from what we believe to … Continue reading Coping with Stress During the Holidays

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COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS: Helpful Tips to Assist Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Having the “Holiday Blues” can bring feelings of disappointment, depression, anxiety, and dread that last through the holidays and into the New Year, especially for seniors and their caregivers. Seniors may feel isolated, alone, scared and depressed. Many caregivers may feel stretched beyond their limits, frustrated, and overwhelmed by the sheer responsibility that has been … Continue reading COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS: Helpful Tips to Assist Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

When kids learn gratitude, they grow up happier

Science says children will grow up happier if you teach them a habit you probably do without realizing it.  Teaching kids the importance of saying "thank you" can help them grow up happier.  Gratitude can lead to lower rates of depression,   better impulse control, and less stress.  To raise grateful kids, model the behavior, talk … Continue reading When kids learn gratitude, they grow up happier

How gratitude benefits our mental & physical health

Take a minute to think about the last time someone said thank you or how grateful they are for something you did, or for just being in their life. How did you feel? Now hold that. Perhaps you felt appreciated. Perhaps you felt noticed like someone cares. Everyone wants to feel that. What if you … Continue reading How gratitude benefits our mental & physical health

Suicide Prevention: A Community Effort

By Karen Stafford, LSCSW, Valeo Crisis & Intake Manager The headlines are disturbing:  “Rising Suicide Rate Reflects a Troubled Society.”  “Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers.”  “Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation.”  The CDC released statistics in June of this year showing that suicide rates are in fact on … Continue reading Suicide Prevention: A Community Effort

New Health & Wellness Info at the Library

Fulfill your prescription for information at the library’s Health Information Neighborhood, where wellness knowledge is at your fingertips.   Inseparable: the original Siamese twins and their rendezvous with American history by Yunte Huang, Health Information Neighborhood 616.043 HUA         Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited … Continue reading New Health & Wellness Info at the Library