Category Archives: Depression

Staying Grounded in Trying Times

Even the most extroverted among us have been forced to become homebodies to some extent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gallons of paint have been purchased and much sourdough bread has been baked. People are polishing off old family recipes as they now have the time to use them. This becomes a way […]

How to Keep Election Stress From Wearing You Down

Against the backdrop of an already very difficult year, Americans are right now facing one of the most adversarial elections in the history of U.S. politics. The collective anxiety of this nation is palpable: Conflict is high, mutual understanding is low, and people on all sides of the aisle are feeling tough emotions like fear, […]

COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges for College Students

College students faced many challenges when COVID-19 forced most schools to shift online. Mental health issues have increased, giving even more reason for research and intervention. As the new Fall semester approaches, it is necessary to foster connectedness and provide social and mental health support to these young people. What is happening? In line with […]

Tips for Helping Kids Cope Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Kids and adults are going through a tough time right now. Lynne Shine was interviewed recently to give some suggestions to help: Remember to model calm and provide reassurance. Answer questions. Provide just enough information Limit news and talking too much in front of young kids. Watch out for constant reassurance seeking. Create a routine. […]

Grieving a Loved One Who Died From COVID-19

Lynne Shine was recently interviewed by Spectrum News on a very difficult subject, incomplete grief. Many people are grieving their loved ones without being able to properly mourn, the way they always imagined. There are many ways to say goodbye that are not traditional. Write a letter to your deceased loved one. Start a blog […]

8 Ways to Feel Happier at Home When Winter’s Bringing You Down

During winter, aside from the weather being miserably cold, the days can be very gloomy and dark (literally), which can have a serious affect on your mood. If you find yourself feeling down during this seemingly ever-lasting season, you’re not alone. The winter blues are common, and additionally, an estimated 10 million Americans have Seasonal […]

4 Myths About Self-Esteem

1. Myth: You either have self-esteem or you don’t. Self-esteem can seem so elusive and out of reach that many deem themselves fated to a life of low self worth. They imagine some have the gift of loving themselves through amazing parents, perfect childhoods, or fortunate genetics, and that they have lost the lottery on […]

How to Deal With Setbacks and Challenges

We all have to face setbacks in our life from time to time, whether in our personal relationships or in our careers. But some people tend to deal with setbacks and challenges better than others. It is interesting to look at the ways in which people cope. Psychologists have identified three broad ways of coping […]

Is Comparison Really the Thief of Joy?

Hikers on the Appalachian trail have the motto “hike your own hike”– that is, resist the urge to compare how many miles you cover in a day to how far other hikers are traveling. Nevertheless, the urge to make comparisons is strong. Our research has found that more than 10% of daily thoughts involved making […]

Five Enlightened Ways to Think About Mental Health

It’s time to eradicate stigmas. Life is hard even under the best of circumstances. Without physical and mental health, it’s difficult to enjoy life and to thrive. It makes good sense to take care of ourselves and that includes getting help when we suffer physically or psychologically. When we feel sick we get ourselves to […]