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Mental Health

Post-Holiday Guilt vs. Valuing the Memories

By Wesley Gallagher The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. For many, however, the holidays still linger, and not in a good way. The season of giving can also be a season of splurging and overindulging, and feelings of guilt often… Read More

Classes Closed for Mental Health: A Growing Mental Health Crisis?

By Anna McKenzie In the wake of two suicides on each campus in fall 2021, two universities (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Saint Louis University) cancelled classes to give students a mental health day while they investigated the incidents. These tragedies raised an alarm: Are college… Read More

Journaling as an Act of Self-Care

By Christa Banister While it’s probably buried in a landfill somewhere after a number of big moves over the years, one of my 10-year-old self’s most treasured possessions was, hands down, my tomato-red journal with a heavy-duty gold lock. There was something incredibly liberating about being the only one who… Read More

Bah! Humbug! Why It’s OK to Be a Scrooge

By Wesley Gallagher It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting … you know the drill. But for many of us, the holiday season is not the most wonderful time of the year. Sometimes, it can be the hardest. And for as much as… Read More

Navigating COVID Burnout From Every Angle

By Beau Black         Tired of hearing, talking, and thinking about COVID, mask-wearing, social distancing, virus testing, work-life balance, and lockdowns? Burned out on hearing about COVID burnout? Emotionally exhausted by the mention of emotional exhaustion? You’re not alone.  As we round the corner on two years of the coronavirus, many of us feel ground down by… Read More

Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

By Wendy Lee Nentwig We all know the importance of getting enough sleep and eating healthy food, but during times of stress those things — and other healthy habits — can fall by the wayside. In juggling work, school, relationships, family obligations, finances, and fun, it’s easy to get off-balance. But self-care… Read More

The Beauty of Exploring Others’ Holiday Traditions

By Christa Banister When it comes to holiday traditions and how they’re observed, there’s plenty of debate to go around. In Italy, the traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve may not even feature seven fish-centric dishes, depending on the family you dine with. In Germany, a sparkling glass… Read More

COVID & The Classroom: The Impact on Kids & Teachers

By Wesley Gallagher It’s nearing the end of 2021, and in many ways it feels like the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Even if it’s not yet over like we had hoped, we’ve settled into a new normal, and there seems to be a light at the end… Read More

7 Ways to Be Thankful: The Contentment Connection

By Christa Banister It happens earlier and earlier each year. Carved pumpkins grace the porch. Kids haven’t even separated the Good & Plenty and Almond Joy from the Snickers and Twix, and the barrage of ads begins, the ones that conveniently skip over Thanksgiving. Like regularly strengthening a muscle, being… Read More