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How to Deal with the Disappointment of Canceled Halloween Events and Safe Ways to Celebrate

Halloween activities bring joy to children and families across the United States each year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some Halloween traditions to look different this year. The CDC released new guidelines indicating that some Halloween activities may not be safe during the pandemic. For many adults and children, Halloween has a special place…

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6 Ways to Manage Anxiety Around Your Child Going Back to School During COVID-19

If you are a parent, you may be wondering how your kid can return to school safely in the Fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both children and parents are feeling the major disruptions COVID-19 has caused in their daily routines. Face-to-face learning is critical in maximizing learning opportunities for children. However, with social distancing measures…

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Maintaining Mental Wellness While Stuck At Home

In a year that has so far been defined by COVID-19 and its implications on global society, many individuals find themselves confined to their homes, wondering when pandemic related restrictions will be lifted.  While a few days around the house can be a relaxing change of pace from everyday life, spending weeks or even months…

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Telehealth: A Solution to Mental Healthcare for People Diagnosed or Recovering from COVID-19

Mental healthcare is often an overlooked healthcare need when one receives a diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness. While the majority of COVID-19 cases are mild in terms of symptoms, the impact of a positive diagnosis can be significant on an individual’s mental health. Due to the contagious nature of the virus, even those who…

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Facing Fears of Coronavirus During Pregnancy

BIBS, BALLOONS, AND BASSINETS. That’s what I wanted to think of when I became pregnant with my twin babies. Being a first-time mom, I was filled with excitement, joy, and anxiety. I asked myself, “How am I going to be a full-time healthcare worker AND a mother of twins?” Not knowing the answer stirred up…

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5 Ways to Cope With the Disappointment of Canceled Events Due to COVID-19

It may feel like the COVID-19 pandemic has brought your life to a screeching halt. After the government set social distancing measures and closed businesses and schools, it seemed like everything was canceled. Students received cancellation notices of their college and high school graduations. High School prom is no longer taking place. Sporting events stopped.…

Essential Healthcare workers share how YOU can help support them

Healthcare workers share how YOU can help support them during COVID-19

I interviewed several frontline essential healthcare workers willing to talk to me candidly about their experiences – two RNs (registered nurses), an APN (advance practice nurse), a hospital administrator, and a mental health counselor. Based on these interviews, here is what we need to know, and what we need to do, to support our COVID-19…