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Mind Power for Accomplishment

By Latosha Piwowar Are you quite anxious with your everyday professional and personal life? Do you ever remain awake at times simply because the tension following a day of work bothers you? Have you got problems focusing on the work at hand? In the event the answers to all of the earlier mentioned questions is […]

What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy?

By Mark Goddard Enough books and articles have been written on mental illness to fill an entire library. Most therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists spend their whole career trying to heal and repair the mentally ill. Yet, surprisingly little attention is paid to those who enjoy exceptional mental health. Even the most optimistic of professionals seem […]

Caregiving After the Diagnosis

Submitted by Reflections Memory Care If your family member or friend has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the disease and how to care for someone who has it. You may also want to know the right way to share the news with family and […]

Marital Attraction: Our Unconscious Attempt at Healing

By Renae Miller, MS MFT, LCPC, Agape Counseling, Ltd Whether you have been married for one year, five years, 20 years, or 50 years, you may have asked yourself the question: “what was I thinking when I promised to spend the rest of my life with this person?” The mystery of attraction compels theorists to […]

From Cancer Nurse to Cancer Patient: One Woman’s Story

Submitted by Mid-Illinois Hematology & Oncology LTD Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal. The 33-­year­-old oncology nurse still remembers the moment she heard the news of her own diagnosis — Stage 3 colorectal cancer. “I’ve been in […]

Science-Based Suggestions for Self-Confidence

Submitted by Twin City Plastic Surgery A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world. Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence. The study by researchers at the […]

How Snoozing Strengthens Memories

Submitted by Reflections Memory Care When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber. What […]

What’s All the Buzz About EMDR?

By Kate Holland, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, John R. Day & Associates, Christian Psychological Associates I recently attended a three-day conference near Chicago on EMDR, which stands for eye movement desensitization reprocessing. Quite a mouthful, I know. EMDR was founded by Francine Shapiro upon realizing that when clients were exposed to bilateral stimulation from […]

The Benefits of Child’s Play Extend Beyond Exercise

When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess? Children will likely mention recess as their favorite part of the day, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamental component to their future […]

Benefits of Friendships Appear to Last for Decades, Study Says

The benefits of friendships can last for decades, and I’ve got to tell you, some of the beneficial side effects are truly amazing. As it turns out, that neighborhood kid you used to chase around the park may actually have an impact on your health decades down the line. The latest research provides even more reason […]