By

Tracey L. Kelley
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01
Feb

How to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

As you see the whirlwind of cards, hearts, and candy all around you, it’s easy to think of Valentine’s Day as simply a commercial holiday that doesn’t have meaning. While the commercialization might be true, what about the focus on love? How does it send a message to approve and love ourselves? What Does Self-Love...
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19
Jan

Why Giving Back Makes You Feel Better

Here’s something interesting: research shows that toddlers will help someone in need simply out of an authentic concern for them. Naturally, this gives us all the immediate “feels” because of their wondrous innocence. What do you think life would be like if adults followed this same basic principle? Cooperation: The Foundation of Altruism If we...
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man and woman walking their dog - Better recovery
08
Jan

Want a Better Recovery? Exercise!

If there was something free you could do to alleviate fatigue, reduce depression and anxiety symptoms, and make you feel more in control of your wellness, would you do it? Yep, we’re going into the “exercise is good for you!” box and pulling out all the treats! We Know, We Know Of the things you...
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woman using a light box for SAD light therapy
31
Dec

How to Handle SAD for Better Mental Health

When you feel more down or blue during the winter, it’s quite possible you’re experiencing the aptly-named SAD: seasonal affective disorder. Even in Southern Arizona, where Cottonwood Tucson is located, many people struggle in winter due to shorter daylight hours, among other factors. What Causes SAD? Although 10 million Americans experience SAD each year, scientists...
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21
Dec

Which Are Better: Resolutions or Goals?

New Year’s: Resolutions or Goals? It’s the time of year when starting anew and releasing what no longer serves you is a popular topic. What’s truly better, though: setting New Year’s resolutions or establishing a series of goals without that particular label? Why the New Year? A specific day on the calendar really shouldn’t dictate...
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14
Dec

Superfoods for Winter Wellness

Winter is often a time when nature reminds us to enjoy the quiet and prepare a foundation of rebirth. Few things do this as well as choosing wholesome, nourishing foods that warm the soul, soothe the immune system, and give us lasting strength. Here’s how to plan your menu. What Are “Superfoods”? Not a specific...
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woman in a dress outside with pink clouds in the sky - pink cloud syndrome
07
Dec

Pink Cloud Syndrome: How Does It Affect Your Well-being?

After months or even years of scuffling with mental and emotional health, it’s no wonder that when proper treatment shows promise, you feel on top of the world. However, there’s a difference between a hopeful outlook for the future and pink cloud syndrome. Let’s take a closer look. Pink Cloud What Now? A common reference...
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03
Dec

Coping With a Loved One’s Mental Health Issues

Being a Support Role for a Loved One When someone you love has unmanaged mental health problems, it may seem at times that the emotional rollercoaster is too much to bear. You ebb from worry and helplessness to frustration and even anger. These feelings are valid, and how you learn more about your support role...
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21
Nov

Everyone Tells Me to Meditate, But Why?

As you learn about new techniques for managing mental health and emotional issues, meditation might be one mentioned most frequently. But what purpose does it serve, and can it really help you? Let’s look at the science behind it and how it enhances well-being. Yes, Researchers Study Meditation Kind of surprising, isn’t it? Meditation, long...
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14
Nov

Planning a Drama-Free Holiday Season

Okay, if we’re honest, it’s possible that “drama-free” and “holiday season” are simply two ideas that don’t go together! All the proverbial hustle and bustle, traveling, and splitting time between places are common. But lingering aspects of the pandemic, as well as possible loneliness and isolation that sometimes accompanies this time of year, might also...
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