Reduce Stress and Calm Anxiety Right Now

A high school teen I had not seen before came to our youth group discussion about mental health.  Jacki admitted, “Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. Sometimes it feels like the loudest...

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You Be You: Be Proud of Your Authentic Self

"I don't need a role model or mentor," protested a proud seventh-grader. "I am my own role model." Many children believe having a role model or mentor is a sign of weakness. They hide behind invisible screens of confidence to mask fear; suspicious they will be judged...

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Help! I’m Having a Panic Attack!

My first panic attack happened as I walked into an eighth-grade classroom to begin instruction at 10 a.m.  It felt like a giant boulder crushed my chest.  I couldn’t breathe. A heart attack killed my father when he was 46 years old.  I thought I was having a heart...

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Many people feel pressured to perform faster, better, stronger, and longer in the workplace. Are you one of them? One in every three U.S. citizens suffers from moderate to severe sleep debt (Center for Disease Control, 2016). "Sleep loss alters normal functioning of...

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How to Talk to Someone About Mental Illness

The only thing worse than struggling with mental illness is the shame that often accompanies it. "Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness," explains Mental Health America. "It can make us feel vulnerable to the...

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Winning Habits of Professional Athletes

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, was asked by the press to describes his feelings about the announcement of a fellow player who was traded to another team. "I was watching my brother play basketball," replied Mahomes.  "He’s in the last few...

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Service is Good for Your Heart

"The meaning of life is to find your gift," playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, once said.  "The purpose of life is to give it away.”   Sharing your gifts and talents as a volunteer is good for others.  It's good for communities.  And it's good for your heart.  ...

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How to Get Through Tough Times

Life transitions such as moving, change of job, retirement, personal changes in health, or death of a loved one opens an emotional can of uncertainty.  Change can shake you to your core.  Feelings like anxiety, confusion, and sadness can paralyze your efforts to move...

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How to Write Powerful Vision & Mission Statements

PayPal wants you to know they are "the web’s most convenient, secure, and cost-effective payments solution.” The San Diego Zoo is "the world leader at connecting people to wildlife and conservation.” Sony '"is a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity."...

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