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When we’re having a bad day or a frustrating experience, many of us reach for the phone to call or text a friend to talk about it. Sometimes when a situation is difficult, talking about it can help you process the experience and gain some perspective. Experiencing emotions is a healthy part of life and while it is natural to get upset at times, there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to express emotions like frustration and anger.   Venting vs. Dumping Keeping...

Having goals is usually thought of as a positive thing. But sometimes goals can be unrealistic and actually have a negative effect. Not always reaching your potential is okay, but overthinking it is a problem. Having goals helps young adults find purpose in their lives, but if their self-esteem revolves around reaching those goals, they can increase anxiety. A recent study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that “it’s not failing to make progress toward our ideal self that is...

Young children seem to fall into new friendships with ease. It can seem like every time kids are in a room together, new friendships are being made. As we start to get older, it can become more challenging to create those friendships. Without the starting point of a classroom or a shared game, how can we begin to connect? Leaving home for the first time, new responsibilities, and changing social dynamics can all be barriers to creating new friendships. And...

Upon completion of a residential treatment program, young adults may wonder what comes next? For some students, preparing to return home can be exciting and they feel fully prepared. For others, the idea of returning home to old triggers and patterns may feel overwhelming. For these young adults, leaving the structured environment of a residential treatment program and going straight back to home may not be the best course of action. In these situations, there can be a great benefit...

Completing a residential or wilderness program can be an exciting time where teens can feel proud of the work that they have done and look forward to returning home. But not everyone who completes a residential program is ready to head home right away. It can feel overwhelming to leave the support of a program and return home to a place that may hold a lot of triggers or challenges. Step-down programs are designed to support teens as they transition...

Our days are usually scheduled to the minute. We have work obligations, school deadlines, friend, and family responsibilities. When life gets busy it’s usually our own needs that get neglected. There is a popular quote that says, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It refers to the idea that if you do not take the time to take care of yourself, you will not have the ability to take care of other aspects of your life.  Why Invest In Yourself? When...