Is Sleep Hygiene a Thing?

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Sleep hygiene may seem like an odd term. When we think of hygiene, we often think of brushing teeth or showering. Hygiene can refer to practices that maintain our health. Sleep is an important part of every person’s health. It can have an impact on mental health as well. As summer is nearing its end and school schedules begin, it is a good time to create structure and habits that foster health. Sleep hygiene is often overlooked as one of those crucial practices for our well-being.

 According to the CDC, school age children should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep per night. Teens need 8-10 hours per night, and adults should get 7 or more hours of sleep per night. It is important to note sleep disturbances can increase one’s risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and depression (https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/chronic_disease ...

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The Progression of our Troubles

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We all experience things differently and they can progress at different rates depending on several variables; our resiliency, our support system, ways we cope and a few more.  But they can usually progress this way, stress, anxiety, depression (each with 3 levels) and unfortunately these lead to suicide contemplation.

 

Stress-Low; these items are our daily routine stuff, getting up to go to work or school, chores we do around the house, things we have to do.

Stress-Medium; these items begin to get us upset and aggravated, bad day at work, traffic jam, a flat tire, running late for something these items can begin to weigh us down if the stay consistent.

Stress-High; over-loaded at work, past due bills, consequences are forming because of what has happened, these things are starting to take a toll on our daily activities.

 

Anxiety-low; this is w ...

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The Stages of Change

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The Stages of Change

Do you remember what it was like when you were learning to ride a bike?  How to play an instrument, or drive a car?  The first few weeks and months may have been a struggle, but the results were so sweet!  Mastering a new skill brings a sense of freedom and accomplishment like none other — but there is a process involved.

Many people enter counseling because they are ready for change.  They want to get from Point A to Point B, learn new skills, and write the next chapter of their story.  What some clients don’t realize is that making changes in mental and emotional health and lifestyle is almost never a “quick fix.”  Learning and developing new patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior takes time.  If you are willing to engage in that process, you can enjoy lasting, meaningful changes in your life.  Here is a brief rundown of The Stages of Change — they ar ...

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