News — COVID

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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Andrew Jameson
Children's Mental Health is Important, Too

Children's Mental Health is Important, Too

  So much attention has been given recently to COVID-19's impact on mental health, whether it's the fear of catching the virus or the depression brought on by isolation. But too often, we forget that kids are no more immune to these effects than adults. In fact, according to a review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, long stretch of social isolation may have a negative, long-term impact on children’s mental health. Several recent articles provide tips for helping maintain children's mental health. The Times Daily focuses on communication - tell kids it's okay to...

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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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