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In effort to always help you reach your Limitless Potentials Dr. Kathryn Shafer and her colleagues post to this blog. 
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Stressed or Anxious? When to Get Help.

Stressed or Anxious? When to Get Help.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) reported in their 2017 Stress in America survey, that 36% of people report that stress makes them feel more nervous or anxious. It’s often difficult to determine the difference between stress and anxiety. Both can present symptoms such as sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability, as well as physical issues such as increased heart rate, headaches, etc. But there is a real difference and often-times, one or the other can turn into a debilitating mental health issue that could require help from a therapist.

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Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Nurturing the Family Dynamic

Keeping our family in-tact can sometimes feel overwhelming. Worry about the future, discontent or divorce between parents, societal pressures, technology that changes the way we interact (social media, gaming, texting) and even a lack of self-worth (losing a sense of self) are all pressures that can affect the family. There’s a lot going on in our daily lives. So how can we, as family members and parents, nurture the family dynamic to withstand the tough days?

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Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

If you’ve ever been in recovery for alcohol, drug or any type of substance abuse, you may have gone through some serious self reflection to help you figure out why you needed to quit in the first place. It is an incredibly important step during the recovery process, but often-times, the concept of mental health treatment is excluded from the addiction recovery process. So what’s the connection?

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Resolutions can be a powerful way to create a clearer path for the New Year, but because we typically don’t take them seriously, we find ourselves repeating the very same patterns we talked about changing in the first place. We all do it (there is a reason why January-March is the busiest time of year for health clubs). The trick to sticking to resolutions is to establish authentic intention that causes a shift in thinking and enables us to implement new habits. Here’s how…

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Choosing Life: A Journey From Victim to Victor

Choosing Life: A Journey From Victim to Victor

More than 7 years ago I sat down to to write about my journey from “victim to victor” which resulted in the book Asthma Free in 21 Days and ultimately shaped how I live and treat patients. The discovery of the power of mindbody healing has allowed me to become a “victor” despite severe illness and trauma and inspired me to use what I learned to educate and heal others as well as myself. Here’s my story.

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Video Chat Shown to Reduce Depression

Video Chat Shown to Reduce Depression

Let’s face it. We’re all glued to our phones. And in the age of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, we hear a lot about the negative effects social media has on our mental health. We use it too frequently and often replace human interaction with digital which can adversely affect self-esteem, sleep, social skills and attention span. But used in moderation, can online communication actually provide a positive boost to our mental health? A recent study published by Oregon Health & Science University via Science Daily says it can, especially in people over 60.

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Role of Yoga in Anxiety or Depression Therapy

Role of Yoga in Anxiety or Depression Therapy

If you’re not already into the practice of Yoga, you may roll your eyes at the thought of getting into a downward facing dog pose (or wonder what the heck that is) while you’re in the middle of therapy. But believe it or not, there is a deep connection between the core concepts of Yoga and many therapy practices, especially for anxiety and depression – and you don’t even have to get into downward facing dog or do a headstand to reap the benefits.

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Managing Addiction During The Holiday Party Season

Managing Addiction During The Holiday Party Season

Craving a drink around the Holidays isn’t just about coping with the added stress or loneliness so many of us experience around this joyous time of year. But it’s also a challenge just to be around the entire culture of drinking during frequent get togethers. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, like myself, it’s difficult to not want to join the party. So how do we cope with situations like this?

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4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Parties, family gatherings, tasty food, liquid cheer, commitments to friends and work – love them or hate them, the Holidays can get stressful. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)*, 64% of people suffering from a mental illness say that the holidays make it worse. But this is the case for everyone, not just those already suffering. It’s a challenging time and we often set unrealistic expectations for ourselves as well as others. This can be an especially trying time for those recovering from an addiction. That’s why it is important to remember to give yourself the gift of “self-care.” Here are a few tips to help get you through the Holidays and even clear the way for 2019.

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How to be a better you without changing a thing!

How to be a better you without changing a thing!

Doesn’t that sound great?  I was reading in the July/August Daily Word this morning and this is an article by Sam Bennet.  He writes about “Deb”, a person who wants to be more peaceful, a life filled with laughter, etc yet every day she is exhausted, stressed out, and overwhelmed.  Sound familiar?  He goes on to say she gets everything done for everybody else but the things that matter most to her fall off the list completely.  She feels she has no time to devote to the things she likes to do, as that would be selfish. Still sound familiar?  Can relate a little?

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