Buddy the Elf: Positivity Beacon & Holiday Blues Deterrent

Summon your positive energy and display your most festive holiday cheer because December 18th is Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day. The movie Elf follows the life of Buddy, a human raised by elves, who believes the human spirit is more powerful than the sharpness of people’s tongues and jaded hearts. He’s an unsuspecting hero in a time when money and status rule, creating a domino effect that changes lives for the better and hearts forever.

Mental Health Issues & Social Anxiety’s Holiday Rise

Even though answering the phone with “(Insert your Name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color” may seem like a mere smile-worthy holiday greeting, it’s capable of much more power than that. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.” DiscoveryMood.com adds that “approximately 40% of adults are riddled with social anxiety around the holidays, and many turn to food and alcohol as coping mechanisms, which can result in a downward spiral.”

Designating a day that’s devoted to answering the telephone with an undercurrent of goodwill and an infectious cheerful spirit may be the best thing to find the holiday season since Cindy Lou Who won over the Grinch.

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Food & You: An Ironclad Arranged Marriage, So Make It Work

Food is one of the most significant relationships in your life. It begins as a biological necessity and quickly morphs into a relationship that directly correlates to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

You can walk away from a toxic person.
You can walk away from drugs.
You can walk away from dangerous situations.
But you cannot completely walk away from food.

You will one day leave the home in which you were born.
You did not always live with your partner.

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COVID-19 Survivors Struggle Long After Their Isolation Ends

In May 2020, The Washington Post foreshadowed the following: Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, the country is on the verge of another health crisis, with daily doses of death, isolation, and fear generating widespread psychological trauma. 

Fast-forward approximately six months to November 2020, and an article entitled 20 Percent of Patients Who Recover from COVID Are Diagnosed with Mental Illness Within 90 Days appears. 

Mental Health Issues & COVID-19 

The Great Pandemic of 2020 is quickly becoming The Virus that Dictated 2021–

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Your Mental Health’s Plea: Drop the Capes of Shame

Glennon Doyle, previously known as Glennon Doyle Melton, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of the well-known Momastery.com. She is a recovering bulimic, alcoholic, and drug user. She discusses shame, life, and the bruises and epiphanies that lead us toward realizations and decisions. While I was listening to a presentation of hers from 2013, the opening statement left an impression on my heart:

“When I was eight-years-old, I started to feel exposed, and I started to feel very awkward.

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Mental Health, Domestic Violence, & COVID: A Tumultuous Trio

“Women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.” This reality is why the exit door of a domestic abuse situation isn’t the end of the healing process; it’s the start. 

Domestic abuse survivors include both men and women, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is another phrase used to refer to harm– physical, sexual, or psychological–

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Micronutrients: The Caped Crusader Your Body Needs

Micronutrients “…are the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe.” This excerpt from the James Haskell Health & Fitness portal sums up the importance of micronutrients. As the common phrase goes, good things come in small packages.

Unfortunately, “… almost 75 percent of people living in Western civilizations do not consume enough micronutrients each day to maintain their maximum health.” Spoiler alert: The rate is lower in the U.S.

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Pets: Children’s Saving Grace Both During & After COVID-19

“The researchers found that parents in dog-owning families were 30 percent less likely to report conduct and peer problems with their toddlers in comparison to families that don’t own dogs.”~ Concerned About Your Kid’s Social Development? Getting a Dog Can Help

“Researchers evaluated 643 children for signs of anxiety. They found that only 12 percent of kids who have dogs met the clinical criteria that would prompt health care professionals to further screen for anxiety… Being with dogs can lower levels of cortisol (which is associated with stress),

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Emojis, Mood Swings, & You

Have you ever looked at your frequently used emojis list on your cell phone after you’ve let a young child text emojis to someone? After the grinning and proud child hands back your phone, the emojis in the frequently used list vary from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs to countless other images that seem to have zero connection to each other. This is a visualization for sudden mood swings, which PsychCentral defines as “a noticeable change in one’s mood or emotional state.”

Combating Mood Changes

Unlike the jump from pizza to unicorns to high-heeled shoes to dinosaurs in the above analogy that make the child giddy with happiness,

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The Word Workaholic: Friend or Foe?

Workaholic.

This word is said to be coined by minister and psychologist Wayne Oats in 1971. And as we near the 50 year anniversary of this word’s existence, the debate continues on whether or not being dubbed a workaholic is something to be proud of or not.

Perfect Balance Is an Urban Legend

July 5th is National Workaholics Day, and it’s a day that’s meant to remind people to balance their personal and professional lives. But is perfect balance actually obtainable?

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Time is the Greatest Luxury: Don’t Let Seasonal Affective Disorder Steal It

“Winter is coming!” This Game of Thrones line sets the perfect tone for how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is presented in late autumn. As people brace themselves for the winter months, writers show up in droves to discuss SAD and to arm readers with knowledge that may help them fight off its devastating blow.

Here’s the deal, though. Discussing SAD in late autumn isn’t nearly as impactful as discussing it when people are suffering through it. Although autumn articles on SAD may help people avoid it or deal with it to a lesser degree,

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