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Simple Financial Planning Tips For Parents

Simple Financial Planning Tips For Parents

Article By Sara Bailey--guest blogger Author bio: Sara Bailey is a blogger and the founder of TheWidow.net, a support network for individuals who have lost their spouses and are raising children on their own. Financial planning is a lengthy and often stressful process for most; it comes with thoughts about an uncertain future, providing for loved ones no matter what the economic climate is, and how to comfortably get through retirement. Few of us want to add on to our responsibilities, so those thoughts can bring on anxiety and even depression. However, the benefits of planning ahead greatly outweigh the drawbacks. With the right amount of preparation, you can ensure that your partner and your children are well taken care of after you’re gone. Estimate Your Worth Knowing your worth is essential when you’re financial planning because it can help you see where you’re spending too much unnecessarily. Seeing a figure associated with your net worth will allow you to get an idea of how...

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Understanding Somatic Therapies

Understanding Somatic Therapies

Article by Paula Sadee, LMFT Somatic therapies are a holistic type of therapy, using the powerful connection between the mind and body to create healing and lasting change. It is often used as the primary treatment for trauma and PTSD, and it’s very helpful for anxiety and other mental illnesses. Since trauma is held in the body, the body is seen as the pathway to healing in somatic therapies. It’s easy to understand how trauma is stuck in the body when you think of a war veteran. You can imagine how a loud noise, such as fireworks could create an automatic reaction in the body, as the body remembers loud noises being dangerous or life threatening. This brings intense physiological reactions like sweating, heart racing, and fast breathing, muscles tension, shaking, or dry mouth among other symptoms. Their body is in fight or flight mode. In that moment, that person may feel like they are actually back in a war zone. This doesn’t just happen with trauma from war, but can also...

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The Gut/Brain Connection

The Gut/Brain Connection

Article by Dana Stewart We have all felt physiological reactions to stress and trauma, but did you know that these physiological responses are also greatly impacted by our gut and what we eat? In November, Andrea and I attended a training called “The Gut-Brain Connection: Facts, Fads, & Fallacies”. This is an area that I have had interest and excitement in for a number of years now. Part of my interest in being a part of Cardinal Psychotherapy was the shared interest all of us have in this area of mind-body connection. It can be tempting for people to shy away from the topic because it can be so overwhelming. Never hesitate to bring up the topic of nutrition, stress, or mind/body health in your therapy sessions because it is both important and relevant! While I would love to share all of the information learned from this training, it is impossible in such a small space. Instead I will share some of my favorite takeaways from the day.  The Role of Vagus Nerve Have you heard of the...

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How To Help Your Child Develop Self-Confidence

How To Help Your Child Develop Self-Confidence

Author Bio:Ryan Howard runs Smart Parent Advice,a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Ryan writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers. Self-confidence can be a wonderful thing. In fact, having a good level of self-confidence is a major factor in leading a happy and healthy life. So, naturally, if you’re a parent, you will want to help your child to develop self-confidence. But just how can you go about doing this? Read on to find out. Provide An Opportunity To Make Decisions Decision making is a key part of self-confidence. So, helping your child in this area is important. Like a lot of things in life, the best way to learn to make decisions is to practice. As a parent, one of the best things that you can do for your child is to give them the opportunity to start making decisions at an early age. When your kids are really young, you...

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Preventing Winter Blues

Preventing Winter Blues

By Andrea Scharlatt Many people are familiar with the term Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD, as it is aptly referred to). SAD is the clinical term for a seasonal condition that often commences in the fall and winter months and includes symptoms such as low energy, lack of interest in things you typically enjoy, problems sleeping, changes in appetite or weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and even suicidal ideations. But even people without full-blown SAD can feel some of these symptoms during the cold winter months. I think most of us have woken up on more than one dark Minnesota winter morning and felt the impossibility of getting out of bed with a smile on your face! It can be especially bad for people who don't love living in Minnesota but are here because of family, work or other obligations. If you feel you suffer from SAD, you should definitely be talking with your therapist and/or doctor about options for treating your symptoms. Anti-depressants and light therapy can be...

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