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COVID-19 Has Left Many Of Us Tired And Irritable. What Can We Do About It?

Nearly seven months of coping with lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people on edge.

WCBU's Tim Shelley recently spoke with Cody Maddock, a community-based therapy supervisor for UnityPlace, about the roots of that fatigue and how people can better deal with it.

What to Know When Divorcing With Children and Adolescents

Just as it’s hard to marry well with the additional distractions and responsibilities of parenthood, it’s even harder to divorce well with children and adolescents. To do so, there are several competencies that can be helpful:

How Protective Masks May Be Improving Mood

Hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, we were already complaining about “mask fatigue” by June.[i] True, masks that are too thick or too tight can interfere with breathing, causing both discomfort and anxiety, and heavy-duty masks like N95s can be downright painful.

Six Tips to Reduce COVID Decision Fatigue

As each state, county, town, employer, small business owner, school district, family, and individual plots a course for the fall, we are inundated with decisions to make. There are big decisions, like whether to move your family out of the city, whether to send your kids back to school, and whether to keep your job.

Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First is a phrase most commonly heard rolling out of the mouths of financial advisors, and is certainly some sound advice. For those of us experiencing pandemic fatigue, however, this has taken on a new meaning.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder* is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. In the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), this disorder is identified as a type of depression – Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern.

Building Resilience During the Pandemic

How can we ever learn to be resilient in the face of a worldwide pandemic? Why would anyone suggest building gratitude in the face of such widespread despair? Yet, how can we break the downward cycle of boredom, grief, distress, and frustration as the pandemic continues and resurges across the world?

4 Crucial Tools for Dealing With Uncertainty

Research shows that uncertainty can be particularly hard. In a recent study, people were more stressed by the idea of a 50 percent chance of receiving an electric shock than if they knew for sure it was coming. If you've ever known someone who had to suffer the agony of a loved one being missing long-term, you may already have seen that at some point they were desperate just for answers—even if those answers were the worst-case scenario.

How Triggers From Your Childhood Shape Your Parenting

Ever wondered why some parents can keep a sense of humor in the face of their child's challenging behavior while another parent starts yelling? Why some parents plague themselves with criticism, worry, and doubt while others seem more able to just relax and enjoy their children?

5 Ways to Release Toxic Guilt

Guilt is an adaptive, natural response that stabilizes relationships. It is good to apologize and mean it when we have committed an offense. Some think that the most enlightened among us can do without guilt; after thinking something through, a simple, heartfelt apology would do and replace the nagging feeling of having done something wrong. But this is discounting feelings.

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