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Tracey L. Kelley
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13
Oct

The Value of Self-Care Routines for Better Health

Self-care is often a buzzword that many people grow weary of hearing, simply because they think it involves a lot of snake-oil products or unrealistic methods. While there might be a little of that in the marketplace, it benefits you to take the concept seriously and develop what helps you be your best. “You Can’t...
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07
Oct

How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Mental Health

Unless you’ve already been through aspects of trauma therapy, you might be unfamiliar with the term “adverse childhood experiences” or ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences are specific criteria that mental health professionals use to assess what traumas children or adults might have faced, and why treatment must resolve these issues before healing can begin. Understanding ACEs...
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26
Sep

The Trauma of Complicated Grief

There are many reasons why people might spiral into an abyss of grief. What makes it more challenging is when they also feel they can’t fully express themselves or seem to come to terms with the loss. Finding support to not only accept grief and loss but also learn methods to move through it often...
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18
Sep

What to Know About Urge Surfing

When you feel you’re about to be overcome by your thoughts or emotions, knowing how to “urge surf” can help bring you back to center. This mindfulness technique, often used in addiction recovery, is also an essential coping skill for better mental and emotional health. What Is Urge Surfing? The foundation of urge surfing is...
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handsome middle age Black man jogging down city sidewalk - exercise addiction
28
Aug

What Is Exercise Addiction?

Everyone knows that one foundational pillar of wellness is exercise. So why could too much of it be bad for your health? Unfortunately, some people develop an exercise addiction that’s often a symptom of mismanaged obsessive-compulsive disorder or an eating disorder. Understanding Exercise Addiction You’ve probably heard of a “runner’s high”: a sensation experienced after...
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13
Aug

Addiction, Mental Health, and PTSD Treatment for Veterans

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states a cold, hard fact: Veterans and active military personnel with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) are three times more likely to receive a diagnosis of depression and/or PTSD. So if you or a loved one need professional help for SUD or AUD, mood disorders,...
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29
Jul

Holistic Tips for Insomnia Relief

You hear it everywhere: get better sleep, and all is right in the world! But what if sleep is eluding you for one reason or another? Here are some natural solutions to improve sleep hygiene and overcome insomnia. Wait—What Is Sleep Hygiene? According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep hygiene is the foundation of daily routines...
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20
Jul

Why Being in Nature Is Good for Mental and Emotional Well-being

There are few shortcuts to achieving better health, but one constant that repeatedly proves itself is how being in the natural world influences a more positive state of being. You don’t even need to be a grand adventurer to reap the benefits of being in nature: a daily 20-minute walk to get fresh air, see...
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29
Jun

Styles of Meditation

While there are numerous methods of meditation, sometimes it’s a challenge to know which meditation styles could be the best for you. Fortunately, it’s easy and free to try as many forms as you like until you find the right fit. Why Meditate? The benefits of meditation differ for each person, but scientific study of...
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young Black man doing yoga on mat - thoughts and emotions
08
Jun

How Yoga Helps Control Your Thoughts and Emotions

Because of certain media depictions of yoga, many people think it’s a little too esoteric for them, or they’re not thin enough to practice, or it’s simply weird! But understanding yoga from a physiological perspective reveals benefits accessible to everyone. An Uncomplicated Look at Yoga For a moment, let’s forget about all the typical Western...
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