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Mental Health
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19
Nov

Why a Hobby Can Ease Your Mind

Take a moment to think about the last time you got into the “flow” of something. Often described as being completely energized by and immersed in a pleasurable activity, flow is one of the primary benefits of dedicating yourself to hobbies that establish the framework of a full, rich life. Why Flow Helps You Positive...
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05
Nov

Asking for Help Is Hard—Here’s How to Get Better at It

Whether it’s carrying groceries or talking about a serious subject, many of us avoid asking for help, and there are numerous reasons why. Yet science reinforces that we feel better in the long run not only because someone helps us, but also because we recognize the value of this support and how much better everyone—giver...
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26
Oct

Have You Had a Good Laugh Today? Here’s Why It Matters

We’re all familiar with that famous slogan “laughter is the best medicine.” Have you ever wondered why? It’s kind of interesting how a giggle, chuckle, or full-on belly laugh can improve your state of emotional, mental, and physical health. Here’s what the science says, as well as some tips to add a few more chortles...
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08
Sep

Why Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources Benefit Everyone

In February 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published data from a 2020 report on suicide. The information included an alarming statistic: suicide is currently the 12th leading cause of death in the U.S. Additionally, for the study period of 2000–2020, the suicide rate increased by 30 percent. Suicide prevention awareness campaigns are mobilizing...
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pretty Latinx mom sitting on couch at home with her preteen or young teenage daughter, while they look at a laptop together and talk casually - teens and mental health
28
Jul

It’s Never Too Early to Talk to Your Teen About Mental Health

Teens & Mental Health All teens go through rapid physical development, experience a rollercoaster of emotions, and explore various perspectives. So now is the best time to talk to your teen about being aware of their mental and emotional health and how to find proper resources. They Need Our Help For many people, addressing mental...
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25
Jun

Borderline Personality Disorder: What It Is—And Isn’t

Understanding the symptoms of borderline personality disorder, also known as BPD, can make all the difference in how you or a loved one can manage the condition and live a rich, full life. Here are some things you should know, including the importance of an accurate diagnosis and where to get effective treatment. What Is...
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13
May

Does Social Media Make Us Feel Better or Worse About Ourselves?

In many respects, social media can be an effective point of meaningful connection for many people—such as Cottonwood’s Instagram and Facebook pages, for example. But some experts believe it might do more harm than good. Which is right? Depending on how you view social media, you might already have an opinion about this issue. The...
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06
Feb

Mental Health Memoirs That Provide Hope

Hope for a Better Future When we hear stories of triumph over adversity, they feed into our belief that we can triumph, too. Even if the circumstances aren’t exactly the same, we feel connected to others who understand what we’re going through and can help shine a light toward a better future. Let’s explore some...
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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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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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