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Self-Care: Top Five Recommendations to Take Us into the New Year

Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year. Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..

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Self-Care: Practicing Gratitude

Beth Hess - Monday, November 27, 2017
Perhaps you took a few moments to acknowledge what you are thankful for last Thursday or plan to include thankfulness as part of your holiday or year-end reflections. But did you know that when practiced regularly, gratitude is something that can benefit your body and mind? Studies have shown that the practice of gratitude can: Lower blood pressure Boost your imm ..

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Self-care: Boost Your Brain Health

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 17, 2017
It was long thought that brain development occurred only during childhood. Today we know that this is far from true. New neural pathways continue to develop based on our experiences. We can rewire our brains at any age. Moreover, just as you can grow your biceps through exercise and diet, there are a multitude of ways that you can grow your brain. This sharpens thinking and can ..

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Self-Care: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 14, 2017
We know that sleep has a profound impact on our health, including mental health. In addition to helping us tackle a day’s challenges, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night can help maintain brain health, both cognitive functioning and memory. Lack of adequate sleep can contribute to a number of mental health problems, including depression and anxiet ..

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Respite Services for Families of Children with Mental Health Needs: A Scarce Resource

Beth Hess - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Respite is a service that is designed so that caregivers can get a break from the stress of providing care for a loved one with significant special needs, thereby promoting the capacity of people with disabilities or disorders to remain in the community. Respite is provided in different ways across age groups (e.g. senior care) and across disabilities. For families of children  ..

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Self-Care: Support Groups

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who are experiencing similar challenges. Usually a support group is led by a person who has received some training, but unlike formal group therapy, support groups are usually not led by a professional therapist.  ..

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Minding Your Mental Health: Depression

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Last month we talked about anxiety disorders in adults (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/self-care-minding-your-mental-health). This month we address the topic of depression. Like anxiety disorders, depression is common. Nearly one in four women and one in six men experience depression during their lifetime. Caregivers who are caring for a child with special needs may be particu ..

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Self-Care: Minding Your Mental Health

Beth Hess - Monday, May 08, 2017
While we celebrate children’s mental health during the first week of May, the entire month is devoted to mental health awareness — and that includes yours! Mental health disorders are common. National Institute for Mental Health data from 2016 estimates that 26% of American adults over the age of 18 experience some diagnosable mental disorder in any given y ..

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Taking Time for a Little Self-Care as You Spring Clean

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is also a time that people look to undertake some major housekeeping. There are a few things that you can do to declutter your life and nurture your spirit: Get rid of clothes that no longer fit you. If you have outgrown some of your old clothes, keeping them around only serves to make you feel bad about your body. Donating t ..

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Self-Care: New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By the end of January, many of us find that the resolutions we had so determinedly vowed to accomplish in the New Year have fallen by the wayside. This can lead to self-recrimination and bad feelings. Here are some tips to help you to get back on track: Make sure your goals are manageable. Re-write them if necessary, and start small. It is better to say “I will limi ..

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