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Taylor Michel
There Is a Connection Between Routines and Mental Health

There Is a Connection Between Routines and Mental Health

  Rituals and routines are a huge part of our daily lives, whether we recognize them or not. Some of these things may have become so heavily ingrained as habits that we may not actually realize we're executing them until we've finished and we've moved on to our next activity. What we may not realize about routines, however, is that they're actually doubly beneficial. Benefit #1: The late, great Vince Lombardi once said, "Only practice makes perfect," and it's hard to deny the logic behind this statement. These words don't only apply to professional sports championships, though. They also apply...

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Jason Swanson
You never know when or what...

You never know when or what...

  “I hope I don’t get sick. I don’t want to get sick.” Little did I know that those two sentences were a warning. I mean, no one wants to get sick, but when you are going on your first deep-sea fishing trip for 6 hours, it is a common thing to say or hear during your excitement heading to the pier. It’s not one of those in-your-face warnings. After weeks of planning, and months of being forced to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, I booked a fishing trip for my nephews and I and invited a couple...

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Let's Talk About Mental Illness

Let's Talk About Mental Illness

  There's a good reason why IFHP's mission is to spread awareness of mental health issues. That's because there is still so much stigma attached to mental illness - those of us who suffer are routinely made to feel "other" by society. We're pushed to the fringes, excluded, degraded. We're told that we're "not normal." Here's a secret: Normal doesn't exist. There's no one ideal to reach for. Every one of us is beautifully unique, and sometimes that beauty comes with cracks and blemishes. That damage is nothing to be ashamed of, and the only way to get this message...

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Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

  As we reported last month, online mental health care is just as effective as in-person appointments with a mental health professional. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mental health field to recognize this fact, and now more and more therapists are offering online and app-based appointments. This trend is likely to remain stable in the long term, even after the pandemic ends. "I hope more people begin to view mental healthcare not as a last resort when you’re in crisis but as something that should be part of your regular routine.” - Jessica Gold, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry...

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