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Combat the Winter Blues

In the Midwest, we often pride ourselves on making it through extreme winters, even if it’s painful. Six inches of snow and 45 mph winds? We just grin and bear it — and maybe put on another pair of wool socks. Read More »
Mental Health, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Holiday Letdown Can Intensify Depression

After the presents are unwrapped and the decorations come down, everyone might feel a bit of a letdown after the holidays. Yet for those fighting depression, these feelings are intensified. “For some, the holidays are a distraction from problems. It’s normal to feel deflated when January rolls around and the holidays are over,” said Hiedi Roberts, CSW-PIP, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Manager. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health
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Checklist: Coping with Stress and Burnout

Stress in moderation is healthy, but when stress is a constant in our lives it can lead to burnout. Burnout can be defined as the response to lasting stress, leading to decreased productivity, diminished compassion or care for others, and emotional drain (Edwards & Dirette, 2010). Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

Ten Practical Ways to Ease Stress

Feeling stressed? You’re not the only one. We all feel stressed from time to time. Daily life stressors — from dealing with kids going back to school to concerns about finances, family or work — or even more serious life events can all cause stress of varying degrees. Read More »
Exercise, Mental Health, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Put the Person Before the Disability

We’ve all heard it, and unfortunately at some point in our lives, we have probably even used it: The “R” word. Who cares, we don’t mean it to be offensive, right? Wrong. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word retard is “to slow down the development or progress of (something).” Unfortunately, the word has taken on a negative connotation and indicates stupidity or foolishness. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health
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5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship with Your Teen

Are you and your child on a journey through the teenage years? On every journey, one needs a survival kit. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it highlights a few key elements that are necessary to build a healthy relationship with your teen. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan