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Learning about having difficult conversations
Mental Health

An IDEA for Difficult Discussions

Relationships are important in our lives. They make us feel happy, loved, and linked to others. We have relationships with friends, family, and people we work with. Conflict is a part of any relationship, and communication is key to resolving conflict. To make our relationships strong and healthy, it's important to talk about tough stuff sometimes. These tough conversations help us understand each other better, like what we need and how we feel.
The power of scheduling "worry time"
Stress & Anxiety

Islands of Worry­­—Better than Huge Continents of Worry

How Learn to Live Delivers CBT: Part 8 If you tend to worry, you know just how sticky worry can be. Maybe people around you tell you to just let it go. They may tell you to move on. Or they might point out to you just how unnecessary all that worry is. But even though you try, letting go of that worry isn't easy. If that’s you, then the idea of Worry Time might be helpful for you. Here's the idea: even though it seems like worry is voluntary, it isn’t.  Worry doesn’t just show up. In reality, it…
Dr. Russ Morfitt
November 2, 2023
Trauma's impact on sleep
Mental Health

The Impact of Trauma on Sleep and Strategies for Restoring Restful Nights

Anyone who has experienced the impact of trauma knows it can shake us to our core. It can leave lasting marks that show up in every area of our lives. One area that often sees a big impact is sleep. For many who have experienced trauma, sleep is anything but restful. Trauma can disrupt healthy sleep in different ways. There are strategies, however, that can help you get better sleep over time. The path to better sleep requires patience, self-compassion, and, sometimes, professional support. But it is possible to reclaim the gift of a peaceful night's rest. How Does Trauma…
Learn to Live Team
October 23, 2023
It can be hard to talk about mental health and even harder to talk about suicide with teens.
DepressionTeen Mental Health

Teen Suicide: Moving from Tough Talks to Hope

What is more heart-wrenching than a young life ended before it’s time by suicide? The last few years have opened our eyes to the troubling state of teen mental health in our country. Between 2007 and 2021, the suicide rate among people 10-24 years old climbed from 6.8 to 11.0 per 100,000. And it’s starting early - kids as young as 9 or 10 are thinking about suicide. It’s crucial to know how to talk about mental health and suicide with the kids in your life. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or anyone else working with kids, you…
Get screened for depression - you're not alone!

It’s National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

If you are feeling depressed, you’re not alone! About 29% of Americans are depressed. Here are some things that can help you feel better: Make Physical Health a Priority. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for depression. Just moving your body can help you feel less tired and sluggish. Try Mindfulness and Relaxation. Make time to meditate, take deep breaths, and relax your muscles to feel calm. Establish a Healthy Sleep Routine. Create a comfortable sleep environment. Limit use of electronic devices before bed. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime. Do Activities You Enjoy. Find…
Learn to Live Team
October 3, 2023
Stress & Anxiety

How Mindfulness Can Contribute to Healing 

Mindfulness can help you to feel the natural feelings that occur after a traumatic event. It can also help you think about and process the trauma. Mindfulness can help you to be more focused. That can increase your ability to live with the difficult emotions. Here are a few ways you can practice mindfulness:
Jessi Frazier, MSW
September 20, 2023