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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

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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

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

Mental Health Issues? Get in line or go online!

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  It’s incredibly sad. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experiences mental illness in a given year. Unfortunately, between 50-75% of those people never receive mental health services. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions more will be eligible to receive mental health services;... View Article

5 Mistakes We Make When Battling Social Anxiety

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  1)  Listening to our social anxiety We are trained to listen to our bodies and our emotions, but social anxiety is a poor guide. When we listen to the demands made by our social anxiety — escape, avoid, leave! — we may experience temporary relief, but those actions ultimately keep us stuck. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one helpful way to inspect the... View Article