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Back to School Stress, Coping with Transition

As August winds down, parents, children, and teens are beginning to turn their attention toward the start of the school year.  Getting back into a routine has its benefits, but for many, this time of transition feels overwhelming.  Here are some tips to help you keep your mind and body healthy as the school year approaches.    

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Coping With Loss

Loss is something that everyone experiences, multiple times throughout life.  Common losses include the deaths of family members or pets, or break-ups of romantic relationships. 

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Happiness May Be Contagious

A pair of researchers was recently featured in a New York Times Magazine article (1), regarding their exploration of an interesting idea: that happiness may be contagious.  The researchers, James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis, argue that one person’s happiness may cause other people in that person’s social network (such as that person’s neighbors, acquaintances, friends, and relatives) to become happier too.  They suggest that a change in one person’s happiness will ripple through that person’s social network, as well as through the social networks o

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Journaling

Writing in a journal can be a very enjoyable and healing experience.

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Caregiver Stress

Each year, more than 44 million Americans provide unpaid care to their elderly or disabled family members, friends, and neighbors.  They may help their elderly parents or spouses suffering from dementia, cancer, or other conditions with daily tasks, such as shopping, cleaning, cooking, paying bills, giving medicine, bathing, dressing, and eating.

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