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ARE YOU RUNNING ON EMPTY?

By: Sue Phaneuf, LMHC Student Intern

Sleep deprivation is common in our culture. Some people choose to get away with less sleep yet lack of it can actually make us less productive, even if you feel as though you are getting more done. Sleep deprivation can actually do much more than hurt your productivity. According to a recent report by MSNBC*, When we deprive ourselves of sleep, this can affect both our mental health and our physical health. These are a few possible effects of poor sleep hygiene:

Fatigue, irritability, careless mistake, difficulty concentrating, and slower reaction times which add up to increased stress levels.

My biggest concern is the affect lack of sleep has on our relationships, our performance at work or school, and our ability to enjoy life. Many studies have been done which sleep deprivation increases the risk of injury and accidents at work or on the road. After a few days of sleep deprivation our body undergoes changes similar to “fast-forward” aging, m…

Smart School Choice builds Strong Kids

The strategic changes needed to bring out the best in your children
By Dwight Bain, Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Life Coach

Recently I had dinner with my friends Bill and Nancy Palmer and the subject of school choice came up; mostly because at one time they had each of their five children in five different schools. If you think that schedule sounds crazy, then you’ve never met the five remarkable young adults they raised who have launched successfully out into the world. It was extremely stressful at times to keep things organized but they were committed to building strong kids and were creative enough to always find options to help each child grow in strength and confidence. How did they do it? Simple, they picked the educational experiences that were the best fit for each of their children at each stage of life regardless of convenience.

Many times parents are afraid of school change, or don’t realize they have so many choices available to them in guiding their kids t…

"SOMEDAY" and "IF ONLY"

by Congressman Ed Foreman


The young boy, the young girl, says, "Someday when I get out of school, move away from home and start to college, I'm really going to have fun, I'll be happy and life will be great."
The college student says, "Someday when I graduate, get my degree, get a job, my own apartment, I'll be happy and am really gonna' live!"
The young couple says, "When we get moved into our new home, get that promotion and join the Country Club, we'll really be happy and life will be so good."
Mother and father say, "Someday, when those kids get out of school and we get this place paid off, we're really gonna' be happy and truly enjoy life."
The accountant says, "When tax season's over…"; the teacher says, "When school's out…"; the farmer says, "When the crops are in…"; the technician says, "When this program's completed…"; the engineer says, "When this job'…

Boomerang Boys

What is a Dad to do When Junior Moves Back Home?

By Aaron Welch, LMHC, NCC


Theyyyyyyy’re baaaaaaaack!
Yes, you thought you had done your part. You deceived yourself into thinking that you had already lived through those adolescent years with your son. You really believed that he had spread his wings and left the nest and that you had paid your debt to society. Yes! Now, you could do everything you wanted to do before: Travel, drive that classic convertible you couldn’t afford while he was home, spend quality time talking and bonding with your wife (okay . . . maybe you weren’t really thinking THAT) . . . or how about . . . dare I say . . . relax? (The crowd gasps at the mere sound of the word). I suppose if we were still living in the middle of the 20th century, you might have been right. But, well . . . we’re not. And more and more young men are moving home in their early twenties, not knowing what to do with their lives (even though you spent a zillion dollars on their education). What…

Stress Recovery- Moviéndonos más allá de las presiones & problemas de la Vida.

Por: Dwight Bain, Consejero Nacional Certificado & Entrenador de Vida Certificado

Alguna vez se ha sentido completamente sobrecargado con la vida?

Ciertamente que a mi me ha pasado y probablemente a usted también en diversas ocasiones de la vida, puesto que cada uno sentimos presión sobre problemas en sus vidas. Sin embargo, los problemas y presiones son diferentes en diferentes etapas de la vida. Por ejemplo, para un adolescente su problema mas grande seria preocuparse porque no tiene una cita amorosa para la fiesta del prom, mientras que un padre podría preocuparse porque su hija tenga la cita amorosa con el muchacho incorrecto para la misma fiesta! La presión para una persona pudiera ser el sentimiento o pánico de no tener suficiente dinero, mientras para otra es estar sobrecargado por los impuestos que deben pagar por haber hecho más dinero del que esperaba. El aumento de tensión viene de varios ángulos que a menudo crean más grandes retos de salud de los que imaginamos. Cary …

Sobreviviendo a Grandes Crisis en la Vida

10 elementos para guiarle a manejar eventos críticos con mayor fortaleza

por: Dwight Bain, Consejero Nacional Certificado & Entrenador para Vida.


La vida es más dura de lo que a veces parece, aunque no todo el mundo parece estar abrumado por ella. Porque algunas personas enfrentan mayores transiciones en la vida, como presión financiera, muerte, divorcio, problemas de salud, perdida de trabajo, o problemas de negocios con actitud de esperanza de reconstrucción y recuperación; mientras otros tan solo desean esconderse en miedo?
Todos enfrentaremos tiempos de grandes crisis en la vida, pero no todos sabremos responder para movernos más allá de nuestros retos de hoy para construir confianza mañana. He Aquí diez cosas que sobre las crisis nos ayudaran a guiarnos en el curso del proceso de administrar situaciones difíciles y salir más fuertes sobre el otro lado.
1) Los eventos de crisis so…

Boomerang Boys

What is a Dad to do When Junior Moves Back Home?
By Aaron Welch, LMHC, NCC

Theyyyyyyy’re baaaaaaaack!
Yes, you thought you had done your part. You deceived yourself into thinking that you had already lived through those adolescent years with your son. You really believed that he had spread his wings and left the nest and that you had paid your debt to society. Yes! Now, you could do everything you wanted to do before: Travel, drive that classic convertible you couldn’t afford while he was home, spend quality time talking and bonding with your wife (okay . . . maybe you weren’t really thinking THAT) . . . or how about . . . dare I say . . . relax? (The crowd gasps at the mere sound of the word). I suppose if we were still living in the middle of the 20th century, you might have been right. But, well . . . we’re not. And more and more young men are moving home in their early twenties, not knowing what to do with their lives (even though you spent a zillion dollars on their education). What…