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How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19

My ride with three kids in the car after school helped prompt this blog. They were full of questions, comments, correct facts and other wildly incorrect ideas.

The best movie overall to help explain this, for those that enjoy media, is the Frozen Fever short animated movie. In it, the sneezes produce lots and lots of little snow men called Snowgies and they just keep multiplying and taking over a bunch of places. This show helps kids to get the idea of germs spreading even when we try not to have this happen.

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Understanding Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know

March has been designated “Brain Injury Awareness Month,” which provides a good opportunity to discuss a widespread personal and public health issue that touches most of us, in some way, over the course of our lives. There are many types of brain injury, many levels of severity, and significant variability in outcomes for people who have sustained brain injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. In 2014 there were approximately 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths in the US, according to the CDC.

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Love and Relationships: Managing Conflicts with Emotional Intimacy

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we can’t help but think about love and intimacy in our own lives. We thrive on closeness. We long for loving relationships. We strive to foster meaningful relationships with friends, family, and significant others. However, we are scared of conflict in those relationships and shield ourselves from developing stronger bonds when conflict is present.

Conflict is a natural and normal part of any relationship. If managed poorly, it can damage the best of relationships. But, when managed with kindness, respect, openness and trust it can foster deeper connections and strengthen bonds.

While there are various types of intimacy - including physical touch (i.e. - hugging, kissing), emotional connections (i.e -the intellectual sharing of ideas, goals and values), and shared experiences (i.e- creating memories together), not all of these are valued the same. What is often overlooked and underestimated is the importance of emotional intimacy.

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Self-Care: More Than Just a New Years' Resolution

There is no better time than January for setting intentions for the year. This is the month you'll likely be confronted with societal messages about getting in shape, eliminating bad habits, or doing things that you've been putting off. From water cooler talk about New Year's resolutions, to solicitations from the local gym, to dinner table conversations about finally cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, there is likely no escaping the push to examine your behavior and make a change. But while all this focus on making changes can at times be overwhelming and unwanted pressure, it is a perfect opportunity to set healthy, positive intentions for yourself.

So, in order to dial back the anxieties around making a new start, and to make positive changes for yourself, set a positive intention to nurture yourself this year with healthy self-care practices. More than just a new-years resolution, healthy self-care practices can be essential to emotional and psychological wellness. Here are some self-care ideas to get you started.

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