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The importance of Men discussing mental health

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June is Men’s Health Month and in recognition, Learn to Live would like to emphasize the importance of talking about mental well-being. In recent years, there’s been a lot of progress around the de-stigmatization of mental illness—however, a certain demographic still carries a heavy stigma behind mental health: Men. Let’s look at the numbers: – Men are less likely to... View Article

The Connection Between Blue Light and Insomnia

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One of the many important things I recommend to people struggling with insomnia is to put away their phone. I don’t tell people this just because their phone is a distraction, though it often is—rather I tell people this because the light emitted from their phone’s screen at bedtime is tricking their brain into thinking it’s daytime. Our computer and... View Article

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The Power of Resiliency on the Mind and Body

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We often think of health and wellness as being important for our physical well-being, but what about our mental well-being? The connection between the two—once thought to be the effect stress and anxiety have on sleep loss and muscle tension—has expanded dramatically into more grounded connections between mental and physical health. For example, psychologists now have a biological understanding of... View Article

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5 Things We Can Do Everyday to Help Relieve Anxiety

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  Some people are able to identify a specific event or point in time that triggered their anxiety, while others find it hard to remember a time when they didn’t feel anxious. Unfortunately, anxiety is not something you can just wish away. The good news is that there are things we can do each day to help manage and relieve... View Article

Take Charge of Your Life – Be Assertive!

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  You and I likely communicate with others every single day. Whether you’re talking to your family member, a coworker, or a salesperson, what you say and how you say it affect you and the person you are communicating with. An interaction can leave you feeling empty and angry, or empowered and understood. Why the difference? Just as you have... View Article

Dr. Russ and Molly Mogren of “Hey Eleanor!” Talk Social Anxiety

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  Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Molly Mogren of the blog “Hey Eleanor!” Prior to starting her most recent project as a full-time freelancer and blogger, Molly was featured in Delta’s Sky Magazine, Food & Wine, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Molly started the “Hey Eleanor!” blog because she wanted to incorporate Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one... View Article

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What is CBT?

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  We recently posted a question on our  Facebook and Twitter accounts and the responses to that quiz piqued my interest. According to the results, many of our readers have heard of CBT but not many have actually tried it. That made me think that it might be useful to explain how CBT can help an individual – not just with... View Article

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Summertime! Swimsuit Anxiety…

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I love to hear stories of personal growth. I’m a psychologist; it’s a big part of what we do. Now and then I like to feature the voice of someone sharing their own story in their own voice. Summer is a season for grilling and swimming with family and friends. Sadly, for many it’s also a time for anxiety about... View Article