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How Mindfulness Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

If you have ever been in therapy, read a self-help book, or engaged in some sort of religious or spiritual practice, chances are that you have heard of mindfulness. But even if you recognize the term, you may still be unclear about the what, why and how of mindfulness. Considering the abundance of research on the benefits of mindfulness, it’s worth learning more, and perhaps integrating a mindfulness practice into your life.

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Summertime is the Perfect Time for Self-Care

In a world that keeps ever changing, one thing is certain: self-care is a vital aspect of our day-to-day lifestyle. Self-care is an intentional and mindful process of choosing to do something that is specifically designed for yourself that allows you to generate a sense of satisfaction. In a world that pressures us to be constantly on the move and needing to adapt to the environment all around us, this practice of taking care of oneself can be rather challenging.

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What is Addiction: What, How and When of Getting Help

When thinking about addiction, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I’d guess the first thought would be those stereotypes of stumbling and slurred speech. What might surprise you is the clinical definition of an addiction.

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The Importance of Sleep on Our Mental Health

Have you ever heard the expression that someone who is in a bad mood “woke up on the wrong side of the bed?” There is a lot of science that supports this statement. Sleep is a very important part of our lives.

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Managing the Emotional Challenges of a Prolonged Pandemic

Whenever I think about COVID-19, I can’t help but picture Steve Urkel, the fictional character on the 1980s sitcom Family Matters. Whil

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Managing Holiday Expectations

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to time with family and friends, seasonal traditions, special foods and favorite movies. The days may not always be merry and bright for everyone, though.

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Brook Lane Launches New Branding

For more than 70 years, Brook Lane has served this region as a leading provider of mental and behavioral health care. A tree has been our symbol for much of that time.

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Caregiver Stress and Burnout

November is National Family Caregiver Month. Being a primary caregiver for a family member in need is one of the most honorable, yet challenging and stressful roles a person can undertake.

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The Winter Blues: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurrent, seasonal pattern of depressive episodes. Most commonly, the episodes begin in the fall or winter and go away in the spring or summer, but for some people, the opposite is true. Some individuals become depressed in the summertime.

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Is Substance Use Treatment the Same as Addictions Recovery?

Is substance use treatment actually addictions recovery? The answer to that question can be yes and no. So, what is treatment, if it is not necessarily recovery? And what is recovery, if it is not only treatment?

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