There’s no guidebook or set directions to raising kids, and it is certainly no easy feat. Parents always do the best they can teaching kids about the rules of society, such as sharing toys and completing chores to build responsibility, but being human doesn’t end there. As parents teach their kids about the importance of being active and eating healthy, it’s also important to realize that we consume a lot more than just food. We consume information and everything around us, and with technology and social media, kids are being fed a lot these days. Now more than ever it’s important to teach kids about the importance of mental health and how to handle the emotions that come with being human.
As the Lehigh Valley transitions into the green phase and businesses begin to open back up and lessen restrictions that were placed amid COVID, many people will be eager to resume their “normal” lives. However, there will also be some individuals who will be apprehensive and fear leaving their home and returning to a social lifestyle following months of quarantine.
Doctors and medical workers who fight COVID-19 on the front lines have been rightfully praised and celebrated by many for their diligent work, but few have addressed the toll the pandemic has had on their mental health.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many government officials have ordered for Americans to stay in their home for their own safety and the safety of others. However, some homes do not provide a safe shelter and there has been a rise in domestic violence, child abuse, and depression over the past few months.
While many workers across the country have been ordered to work from home during the current Coronavirus pandemic, our healthcare professionals continue to go into the hospital every day to protect and care for our communities and they deserve a big “thank you.”
Flowers are blooming, the sun is staying out longer, and soon we will be donning shorts and sandals, which can only mean one thing — spring is here! This season represents new beginnings, growth, and change, which many of us could use following a dark and cold winter.
People from all walks of life can suffer from mood disorders. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 10 percent of American adults experience some form of mood disorder throughout the year. Of that percentage, 45 percent report experiencing severe symptoms which impact their daily lives.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million Americans, and while there is no known cause of the disorder the effects are well known by those suffering.