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Are you “fine?”

Are you “fine?” Have you ever been in an argument with someone, and based on their words alone, they didn’t seem very upset, yet their body language telegraphed anger?  It can be frustrating and cause hardships when someone says one thing but means another. Successful interpersonal communications require a combination of words, body language and […]

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Laughter is best medicine

When in doubt, laugh it out. Have you ever heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” According to the article “Laugh out Loud” in 101 Ways to Well-Being, laughter has several health benefits, including burning calories, reducing pain and stress, and improving blood flow. If you have ever been to a comedy show or […]

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Luck & positive behaviors

Does it seem that some people have all the luck while others only experience bad luck?  Actually, “luck” may come from a set of positive behaviors. Lucky people are outgoing, optimistic, follow their intuition, and expect good fortune, according to research. How do we embrace these traits? The first step is to identify negative thoughts, […]

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Toxic workplace affects health

Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer says some work environments are unhealthy and contribute to increases in smoking, alcohol abuse, high blood pressure and a shorter lifespan. How do you identify a healthy workplace? Some would say it is when employees feel valued, trusted, and respected, engaged in their work, have job security and work-family balance. Follow this […]

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Be your own valentine

All the flower deliveries and dressed up couples going out to dinner can be a bit much for the unattached this week. But, Valentine’s Day is about more than couples. It’s a chance to celebrate yourself. Why not do something inexpensive with friends or family? Cheap entertainment abounds that doesn’t require a significant other: • […]

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Substance abuse & childhood trauma

Native American circles illustrate how substance abuse disrupts the family and creates trauma. At the center of intact circle is the fire with the children next, a circle of mothers, then fathers, then elders. It is a protective and safe circle.  When substance abuse enters the circle, the fire is replaced with the substance abuse […]

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Self-care resolutions

Many think about resolutions at this time of year. We often make them, but do not stay interested in or committed to them after a few weeks. How are your resolutions doing today? In Sanctuary, our trauma-informed care model at Counseling & Recovery, we ask staff and clients to create self-care plans. In 2014, I […]

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How to handle holiday conflict

So many movies are made about family conflict during holidays. That’s because most of us don’t live in a Norman Rockwell picture perfect family.  Pile on extra holiday preparations, events, loss of sleep and the strain on finances and you’ve got a recipe for old and new conflicts to emerge. Here are some great tips […]

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Parenting problems have solutions

You exclaim, “I need help with my kids!” You have come to the right place. Want answers and actions for difficult moments in parenting? Attend Becoming a Love and Logic Parent©. Parents learn simple techniques that are effective with all children, from toddlers to teens. The next six-week class begins on Jan. 21. The cost for a […]

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Your home team for better health

Are you struggling with mental health and physical health issues? Do you have questions or concerns about your mental health, physical health, wellness, and chronic health conditions and how to manage them? Would you like to have someone to help you navigate the complex health care system? Ask for Counseling & Recovery Services to become YOUR HEALTH HOME. […]

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