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Behavioral Health

The importance of letting go

Have you ever watched trapeze artists? They hold onto one bar, create momentum, and then just like that, they let go. In that moment the choice is made to either grab onto the next bar with both hands, or keep one hand holding on. If they choose to hold on, I assume one of two things would happen: either they would get stuck with one hand on each bar, stretched out, or just fall completely.

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It's Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Although talking about cancer can seem scary, it is important to know the signs, symptoms, and methods of prevention as there are many things you can do to protect yourself.

January 30, 2019 | Dr. Kristin Kruse

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Stay healthy this flu season

It’s that time of year when it feels like everyone is sick: your coworker, kids at school, and the person behind you in line at Walmart.

January 28, 2019 | Dr. Vicki Brown

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Don't shame moms, offer them encouragement

Mom Shaming is real. According to research conducted by the baby food company, Beech-Nut, more than 80 percent of moms have experienced shaming in some way. This shaming is most often coming from other moms. Mom shaming usually occurs when mothers criticize another mother for making choices different than they would make. Parenting is hard enough without the nonsense. Having to endure others’ criticism, judgment, and beliefs is unfair to moms. Moms are shamed for everything and anything: using a microwave, mother’s age at delivery, mother’s sexual orientation, marital status, birth plan, processed or whole food, vaccinating, breastfeeding, sleep routine, staying at home or going back to work, and more. Moms are criticized from the moment their pregnancy is announced. Someone somewhere always has an opinion, a challenge, and a better way of doing things.

January 22, 2019 | Rachel Velishek, LPCC

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There's no time like the present for making changes

I have spent the past few weeks talking about resolutions, goals and change. The new year is an opportunity for many individuals to do something different: achieve a goal, be better, and feel better. What I don't understand is why so many people wait for Monday to start a new project or a diet, wait for Friday to finally sit and relax, or wait for the New Year to set goals and make changes. What is wrong with now? I wonder why the things that we often strive for continually get delayed. There is a false idea that a perfect moment exists. A perfect moment to communicate difficult news, a perfect day to try something new, or the perfect week to start working out. The only perfect moment is in the present — it is right now. This moment in time when the thought has been created is the best time. This is when it is right.

January 17, 2019 | Rachel Velishek, LPCC

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