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Buddy the Therapy Dog’s Blog: Tips for Healthy Living During COVID-19

During times of uncertainty, it can be helpful to find things that we can focus on controlling. We have control over certain aspects of our lives, including building habits that will promote a healthy lifestyle. This is not only helpful for giving us something to focus our energy on but will also help us create a stronger immune system. Personal

Enhance Your Coping Strategies with Physical Activity During COVID-19

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do...  Not a punishment for what you ate.” -Unknown When you think about exercise – do you automatically cringe, or do you actually look forward to it? I used to cringe when someone wanted to “work out” together, but over time I have shifted my thinking and now I look forward

Mental Health Wellness Tips For Quarantine

#1 Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care. #2 Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time

4 Quick Tips on How to Survive Quarantine as a Couple

By: Allison Petro, LMHC Poof!  Just like that, you and your partner are now spending 24/7 together during these odd times of COVID-19.  Quarantine can wear on any couple, no matter who you are or how well you typically get along outside of this pandemic.  Cabin fever mixed with both of you working from home while also trying to homeschool

What You Need to Know Before Treating Depression with Exercise

By Brian Kurz, LCSW According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in 10 adults in the United States struggle with depression. Antidepressant medications are a common way to treat the condition, however the use of medication is not the only solution. Benefits of Exercising to Treat Depression Research shows that exercise can also be an effective treatment. In

How to Spot the 5 Signs of Men’s Midlife-Crisis Depression

By Brian Kurz, LCSW When a man is acting strangely and out of character, those who care about them are understandably going to ask, “Why?” A fairly common explanation for odd behavior in men can be a midlife crisis. But what if, in addition to their strange behavior, a man also seems depressed? Is midlife-crisis depression a real thing?  Yes,

Domestic Abuse Relationships In Coronavirus Quarantines

Social isolation may be frustrating for most people who can’t engage in their normal routines, but for some people this could be the most dangerous time in their relationships. There are Domestic Violence resources centers across the country that are anticipating an uptick in intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 times. This can also include psychological abuse such as humiliation,

How To Calm Down Your Anxiety Using Grounding Techniques

What are grounding techniques and how do they help with anxiety?  Grounding techniques are coping strategies that help you focus on the here-and-now and what is in front of you at the present moment. Grounding helps break up the thoughts in your brain that are causing you to feel anxious. All of us find ourselves worried about the future or

What is Treatment Resistant Depression?

If you’ve been treated for depression but your symptoms haven’t improved, you may have treatment resistant depression (TRD.) Taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling eases depression symptoms for most people. But with treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments are not enough.  Treatment-resistant depression can leave you feeling hopeless and discouraged. Months or even years can go by without any relief. And