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7 Tips to Manage Your Sleep in Mental Health Recovery

Be honest – how many hours of sleep do you get per night? Experts recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Do your regular sleeping habits land you anywhere near that number? Plenty of people believe they get that much sleep but scrolling through your phone while lying in bed

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New Ways to Manage Your Depression in the New Year

The new year feels like a natural time to look back on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one. You can consider what went well, what could have been better, and what adjustments you can make to make this year even better. However, reflecting on the past year can be a bit

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Understanding Alcoholism During Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign to spread the truth about those trapped in the grips of alcohol abuse. Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD encourages communities and organizations to put on events that raise public awareness and educate people on the prevention

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind

By: Denise Etherton, M.A., LPC, Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Lifeskills South Florida Do you ever feel like your brain is full of clutter and you can’t find things when you need them? School, work, family, mental illnesses, pets, food, exercise, friends, and now COVID-19…all these pieces of life litter our brain if we don’t clean or

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Using DBT’s Four Main Skills to Prevent Self-Injury

March 1st has been known as Self-Injury Awareness Day within the mental health community for the last 20 years. Every year, this global event does the important work of raising awareness for self-injury. Though it’s an isolating coping mechanism, it’s a struggle shared by millions of people around the world. Self-injury, more commonly known as

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Thriving in a Digital World: The Impact of Devices

There’s no returning to a world free from constant digital distractions. People walking down the street, their gaze glued to the screen of their smartphone, would have looked absurd two decades ago. Today it’s almost more surprising to see someone going about their day without their phone in their hand. The COVID-19 pandemic escalated everyone’s

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Managing Anxiety During Family Gatherings

Holidays are an exciting time of year, bringing people together to celebrate after months apart. It is a time of connection, tradition, and joy. Even under the current circumstances, some families can gather for smaller celebrations with one another. For some people, meeting with family isn’t as much a source of excitement as it is

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5 Ways Being Thankful Impacts Your Mental Health

The beginning of November marks a shift in the year into the season of gratitude and thankfulness. The holiday season is here and that usually means a time to gather with friends and family for meals and celebrations. It’s also the time where you start reflecting on the year, everything that’s happened, and all that

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June: Celebrating Pride!

by Amanda Bassos, M.S.Regional Clinical Outreach Director, Lifeskills South Florida Celebrate pride. Celebrate community. Celebrate you! Pride Month is a beautiful picture of strength with displays of a large community that bans together and unities with a core belief. Pride Month within the LGBTQ+ Community is a beautiful picture of strength. This is a community

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Coronavirus & Mental Health

With just over 92,000 US deaths reported, more and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the toll of COVID-19 is having on their mental health. As people across the globe are trying to cope with the new norm of isolation and social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus, many are feeling

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Practicing Self-Care & Compassion During Uncertain Times

During challenging times, you may feel anxious or fearful. These feelings, while warranted, can increase stress and cause additional concerns such as a change in your sleep and eating patterns, increase in the use of alcohol or drugs, and the worsening of chronic health and mental health challenges. Fostering a love for yourself that encourages

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Stress

How does stress affect us?

Do you ever think about the symptoms that are associated with stress and how they may be affecting your body and your behavior? For most of us, the answer is no. But when we have that chronic headache or insomnia or lack of appetite, it could be because of our stress.

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A Healthy, Active Lifestyle at Lifeskills

As we recognize National Nutrition Month, we are focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition and physical activity play a key role in our physical, emotional, and mental health, which is why at Lifeskills South Florida we use a holistic approach that offers individuals

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 US adults experience some type of mental health issue. Of those, 1.4% have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which is often characterized by difficulty in regulating emotions, meaning emotions flare up and diminish rapidly for longer periods and make stabilizing difficult.

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Is there a connection between social media and mental health?

We live in a world where life for many is played out on social media. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 3 billion people globally use social media to connect to others, access news and share information. In the US, young adults ages 18-29 use social media sites the most,

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How can I enjoy the holiday season?

With an endless list of things to do and places to go during the holiday season, we often feel increased levels of anxiety and stress. But is it all in our heads? Well, some of it is. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, the holiday season requires a greater level of responsibility and

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Why do I have seasonal depression?

The fall and winter months can be some of the most stressful times of the year for many. Added holiday pressures can trigger heightened difficulties for those with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. For some, these months bring about seasonal depression that may not occur at other times of the year.

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