Conversational Effectiveness

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Conversational Effectiveness

Class Summary:  “Would you like to create more ease in your conversations?” “Would you like to find ways to express yourself more effectively and with less stress?”  Then, this is the class for you! Explore your daily interactions and learn about your patterns of engagement and how to activate higher levels of awareness to enrich […]

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The Impact of Words

I never suspected that I would receive such sagacious advice about life in a firearm safety class. After an hour long course on how to safely handle a firearm, the instructor left us with a simple and profound concept. He simply said to always remember that once you pull the trigger, you can never go […]

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Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease

In our modern global life, we are interconnected in ways that we rarely fully appreciate. For example, recent history has shown that a crisis halfway around the world can drastically affect the price we pay for gasoline. Our personal economy and financial well-being is linked to the actions of other countries and actors who may […]

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Sleep Ninja

We’ve written before about both the negative and potential positive aspects of technology at our fingertips. Despite the breadth of possibility that our smartphones offer, most of us use them to stay in touch with our social circles. Or, perhaps to put it more honestly, to spy and eavesdrop on the rest of the world, […]

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Depression during hospitilization

Under most circumstances, staying in a hospital can be a challenging experience. Aside from dealing with the actual reason for your hospitalization, there are also psychological factors to deal with such as anxiety and stress. These factors can have direct effects on your recovery and willingness to follow your doctor’s orders. Understanding the mental state […]

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Negative Impact of Social Media

In the past, we’ve discussed the prospect of using technology including smartphones to help in our pursuit of mental wellness. Smartphones allow us the opportunity to access simple and quick applications that can target certain aspects of mental health/wellness. The apps we’ve written about in the past can help you to de-stress or provide you […]

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Airport Quiet Rooms

Atlanta often boasts itself as being home to Hartsfield-Jackson International airport, the busiest airport in the world. While it certainly may be great for the local economy, it can make traveling for any Atlanta native a dreadful experience. The crowds, noise, lines, uncertainty and stress makes for a somewhat chaotic and intense environment. For parents, […]

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Suicide Survivor becomes an Advocate

As we have discussed in past blogs, depression is a persistent and potentially debilitating mental health issue that affects millions of individuals every year. For most, a combination of medication, counseling and lifestyle changes help to overcome this mental health challenge. Unfortunately for some, this isn’t always the outcome and many individuals with depression are […]

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Opportunities in Depression

If you’ve read a few of our blogs, you’ll see that we often use the term ‘mental health challenges.’ It may seem that this is simply a politically correct way to say a ‘disorder’ or ‘problem’ but this is actually a very deliberate term we use. The simple fact is that a person can live […]

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Why we use the phrase ‘mental health challenges’

If you’ve read a few of our blogs, you’ll see that we often use the term ‘mental health challenges.’ It may seem that this is simply a politically correct way to say a ‘disorder’ or ‘problem’ but this is actually a very deliberate term we use. The simple fact is that a person can live […]

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