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50 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

As a way to celebrate our 50th anniversary, therapists at The Family Institute have provided 50 actionable tips for taking care of your mental health. Some of the strategies include practicing mindfulness, overcoming perfectionism, nurturing your relationships and shifting your mindset.

Family Decision Making in 2020

Suzy, the 25-year-old mom of 3-year-old Moira, suddenly finds herself living with her own parents after she lost her job due to a COVID-related closure. As the fall approaches, the family reckons with the decision of whether to send Moira to in-person preschool. For Suzy, the answer is clear — her daughter needs socialization, and Suzy imagines a terrible domino effect of negative consequences stemming from Moira missing out on this essential year of school. Moreover, Suzy…

E-Learning & Podding

In anticipation of the upcoming school year, many parents and students are thinking about how to prepare for the unusual circumstances of learning during a global pandemic. Some schools have opted to open with little restrictions, though this has been met with understandable concern as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Many schools are approaching the fall 2020 school year by mandating e-learning or offering a hybrid model with both in-person and online coursework with…

Returning to College?

The end of the summer is when millions of students are preparing to return to college. This is a time that is typically filled with anticipation, excitement and some nerves. This year, college students are experiencing higher levels of anxiety about returning to school. Much of this stress stems from uncertainty about the ever-changing plans for universities and colleges to reopen. Schools are making decisions based on available data and adjusting when new science about the…

Maintaining peer engagement during social distancing for young children

During this time of social distancing, many families are exploring how their young children can continue friendships without play dates or school. For young children, video calling may create anxiety or a sense of loss. They may be telling you that they miss their friends more after video calls or that they are not interested in sitting at the screen. Video calling on its own, only allows for verbal communication to easily occur. Nonverbal cues are hard to catch, and…

Up Your Self-Care Game

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, managing stress is vital to protecting our physical and mental health. One way to do that is to up our self-care game. After 30 years as practicing clinical psychologist and family therapist, I have found that care for oneself is most meaningful and helpful when it:

Behavioral Activation as a tool to help manage feelings of depression, anxiety & isolation

As the weeks of stay-at-home orders, economic challenges and uncertainty wear on, even more of us are experiencing increased feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation for good reason. If you find yourself wondering, “what can I do?” when experiencing these feelings, Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D., director of our CBT program, shared the following activities to consider:

An Introduction to Mindfulness

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are sharing strategies, key ideas and tips from our therapists around different themes. This week’s theme is mindfulness with posts from Michael Maslar, Psy.D., Director of our Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program.