Gaining an hour during daylight savings has a lot of perks - here are a few ways you can take care of yourself during this changing time.

Taking Care of Yourself During Daylight Savings

It’s almost time to wind back the clock. The second installment of daylight savings will occur Saturday, November 2nd. Gaining an hour has a lot of perks. It’s an extra hour to be productive and get housework done. Some use it as an extra hour for relaxation and sleep. While an hour isn’t necessarily a large amount of time (relatively speaking), those 60 minutes can mess with both your physical and mental health. Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself during daylight savings.

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High levels of over-achieving are leading to even higher levels of school stress, not just among high school students but grade-schoolers as well.

Helping Your Child Cope with School Stress

If you’re a parent, you full well know that the school system has changed since you last had to go to homeroom. What once was a place of peer socialization and inquisitive curiosity, has now morphed into priorities of test scores, GPA’s, and college acceptance letters. High levels of perfectionism and over-achieving are leading to even higher levels of anxiety and depression among high school and college students. But it isn’t just older teens that are feeling the pressure of academic success. Due to standardized tests, increasing amounts of homework, and a complete rework of curriculum, kids as young as first grade are showing symptoms of school stress. With the framework of No Child Left Behind, we want to help you help your kids cope with school stress.

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Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) provides the benefits that animals can have in the rehabilitation of those with acute or chronic, physical, & mental diseases.

Treatment 101: Animal-Assisted Therapy

Emotional support animals are quite popular in today’s world. Some days if feels like you can’t go anywhere without seeing one. They’re at the airport, shopping centers, and even some restaurants. With the rise in animal support popularity, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the original animal-based therapy, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), and the benefits animals can have in the rehabilitation of those with acute or chronic, physical and mental diseases.

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If you're stressed at work, it's most likely affecting your attitude and performance. Here are a few ways you can create a stress-free office space!

Setting Up a Stress-Free Office Space

Does your office stress you out? And not just in the sense of insensitive superiors, deadlines, and nosey co-workers. What about your actual physical work environment? Are there days you can’t see your desk due to the amount of paper and clutter? Does it feel like someone is always checking your work over your shoulder? What about Linda two cubes over who won’t stop loudly complaining about her daily woes? No matter what’s getting you down, it’s still getting you down. And therefore, most likely affecting both your attitude and performance at work. Here are a few ways you can set yourself up for success by creating a stress-free office space!

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What does fall self-care look like? We’re so glad you asked! Think cozy thoughts and enjoying the changing of the season!

Fall Self-Care

Fall has been deemed a favorite, “basic” season. But who can blame anyone for loving the time when the leaves begin to change? The time when evening bonfires ignite. When we trade swimsuits for cozy sweaters and seltzers for a warm drink. The excitement of summer is official fading. And fall is the perfect time to head back indoors and turn inward. Plus, with the holidays sneaking up, you’re going to need time to recharge in order to get through all the events on your social calendar. What does fall self-care look like? We’re so glad you asked! Think cozy thoughts and enjoying the changing of the season!

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We're sharing our favorite shows with mental health topics in their storylines - the next time you want to binge out, try these mental health shows!

Binge Out: Our Favorite Mental Health Shows

Not that it seems like there’s ever a good time to suffer from a mental illness, but now more than ever, creators are making content that both resonates and helps those suffering. The following list contains some of our favorite shows and episodes that cover mental health topics and issues in their storylines. So, the next time you feel the need to binge out, try these mental health shows!

Please note that this article also covers sensitive topics.

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If you're working exceptionally long hours, taking on heavy workloads, and putting enormous pressure on yourself to excel, you're at risk for burnout.

Burnout: Is it Time to Recharge?

Do you feel like you’re running out of gas? Burnout is one of those road hazards in life that many of us should keep a close eye out for. But more often than not, we rarely see it coming. Those who are prone to burnout are often so passionate about what they do, that they tend to ignore the facts. They’re working exceptionally long hours. Taking on exceedingly heavy workloads. And putting enormous pressure on themselves to excel. All of which make them at risk for burnout. Read more

We can all agree that there are some critical functions of sleep. But why we need consistent, quality sleep for optimal health and wellbeing?

The Importance of Consistent, Quality Sleep

Wonderful sleep. We often think as sleep as our time to shut down and reboot. But did you know that it is during sleep that we are extremely active? It is during sleep that a lot of important processing, restoration, detoxification, regulation, and strengthening occurs. We still aren’t sure why our bodies are programmed to need such a long period of sleep. But researchers do understand some of the critical functions of sleep. And why we need consistent, quality sleep for optimal health and wellbeing.

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While raising kids can be rewarding and wonderful, it can also start to consume your life - try self-care, it can make you a better parent!

PSA: Self-Care Makes You a Better Parent (Seriously!)

Summer is the time of year many of us look forward to. From summer camps and sports tournaments to long bike rides and playdates, kids seem to be busier than ever. But what about you? What are YOU doing this summer (and coordinating calendars doesn’t count!!)? While raising kids can be rewarding and wonderful, it can also start to consume your life. Consider this blog your parental PSA on self-care and how it can make you a better parent.

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If you’re like the rest of us, summertime is the worst time to be on social media. Is it time for you to take a vacation from social media?

Summer Vacation from Social Media

It’s only the beginning of summer, but it seems like some people have already been enjoying the heck out of this onset of nice weather. If you’re like the rest of us, summertime is the worst time to be on social media. The pool parties and vacations. The incredible food and cute summer fashion. Not to mention it seems like everyone you know is either getting engaged, married, having a kid or “changing their lifestyle.” Instagram is now the second most popular social media platform. But it was ranked worst in the mental health category.

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