What the Dot Test Can Teach Us to De-Stress Our Students

Despite all the careful planning and prep, the school year has the capacity to quickly get stressful. As soon as I sense students are feeling overwhelmed, I try to find little techniques to help lighten the mood and detox any unnecessary stress from building up. When things start to feel like too much, I pull out one of my favorite techniques – The Dot Test – which I was fortunate enough to experience in graduate Read More

Teen depression: Mom’s mental health during pregnancy affects children later in life, study finds

Teenagers are more likely to be depressed if their mothers were depressed while pregnant, according to a new study. Mothers’ depression after giving birth was also tied to their children’s mental health years later, but possibly for different reasons, researchers found. Depression during pregnancy may affect a baby through stress hormones that move across the placenta, Rebecca Pearson, from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and her colleagues said. That goes against the Read More

TeachME: Live CE Workshop in Hawaii

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: Letting Go of Worry, Stress and Fear Friday October 4th 6-8pm (Registration is NOT required for this event): Spend an evening with Jerry Jampolsky M.D. and Diane Cirincione Ph.D, international authors and founders of Attitudinal Healing International. This talk is free and open to the public. CEU’s are not offered for this Lecture. Saturday October 5th 8am-12noon (Registration required — see below): Introduction to Attitudinal Healing Workshop entitled “Attitudinal Read More

Mental Health: A Teen`s Guide To Survive Stress

Stress- Good or Bad Your father is stressed with a big project at his workplace. But he is excited. Your mother is stressed taking care of your sick grandmother and working. Quite often she is tired and cranky. Everyone is exposed to stress everyday. But feeling the stress is your body`s reaction to something you may or may not want to do. Feeling stressed is normal. Sometimes stress is good. It keeps you focused and Read More

How The Anxiety Epidemic In The American Workplace Is Ruining Your Health

America is famously the most anxious nation in the world, with 31 percent of the country dealing with symptoms of anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. While there are a host of factors that contribute to anxiety, our work culture plays a big role. It’s where people spend most of their waking hours; and how we process our work lives has a dramatic affect on our well being. “Surveys show that stress levels [in Read More

Lexington tries to tackle high school student stress

One day last week at Lexington High School, teachers wore red clown noses as they stood before their classes. Students blew bubbles in the quad, the outdoor common area, before school. Music played over the loudspeakers between classes, and teenagers danced in the hallways. “Kids just got to be kids and play,” said wellness teacher Julie Fenn, standing in the quad where students had drawn on the pavement with chalk. “It’s been fun to see Read More

12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health!

When I am feeling down and weary, and I can barely lift myself off the couch, my dog comes to my rescue. She cuddles with me, then motivates me to get up, dressed, and out the door for a walk or some play time. Somehow my fur-baby even gets me to smile, no matter how miserable or stressed I feel. I am not alone. It turns out that all pets, not just therapy pets, can Read More

12 ways we sabotage our mental health

Our mind and mood are keenly sensitive to the world around us. Distressing life events—a bad breakup, unemployment, the death of a loved one—often leave us rattled or sad, of course, but our daily routine and patterns of thinking also have a big impact on our mood. Bad habits like skimping on sleep, drinking too much, or nursing grudges can undermine our mental health, whether that means a brief episode of the blues or full-blown Read More

Social media anxiety: Sites like Facebook, Twitter stressing teens out? (VIDEO)

For most teens, social media is an important part of their daily lives – but for some – sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a source of anxiety. Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com recently sat down with mental health consultant, Stefanie Weiss to talk about how social media is causing anxiety in kids and what parents to can do to help. “I think kids base their self-worth today on how Read More

Breastfeeding And Co-Sleeping With Baby Affects Mom’s Welfare, Study Finds

The decisions whether to breastfeed and share a bed with the baby not only affect the welfare of the infant, but also the mother, a new study finds. The women in the study with the best stress hormone patterns were the ones who breastfed but refrained from sharing a bed with their baby, researchers found. The women who fared the worst were those who co-slept and didn’t breastfeed. The researchers were looking for the optimal Read More