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Mental Health

Mental Health and Safety at Work 

In busy workplaces today, ignoring how you feel mentally can lead to big problems. Did you know that people who feel really stressed out are more likely to get hurt while they are working? They are also more likely to get hurt even when they are not working.  Why Mental Health Matters for Safety  We usually think about physical dangers at work as things that might cause accidents. But how you feel mentally is also important for staying safe. Feeling stressed out at work can make you feel tired. It can make it hard to think clearly and control your…
Learn to Live Team
June 14, 2024
Depression

Helping Kids with Depression and Anxiety: 6 Steps for Parents

Being a parent is like being a guide through a big, confusing maze. It can be even trickier when your child is feeling anxious or depressed. The good news is there are steps you can take to help them feel better.  Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Kids  Anxiety and depression aren't just things grown-ups deal with. They are among the most common mental health challenges kids, from ages 3 to 17, face. Anxiety and depression can show up in a number of ways. Kids might have trouble sleeping, stomach issues, headaches, feel worried a lot, have big mood swings, trouble…
Learn to Live Team
June 4, 2024
Mental Health

Celebrating Farmers and Ranchers

We want to take a moment on National Ag Day to recognize our country’s hard-working farmers and ranchers. We depend on you to supply food, fuel, and fiber while working in tough conditions. It's a critical job that most people don’t understand or appreciate.
Learn to Live Team
March 19, 2024
Mental Health

Is it time to speak up? 

How do you handle situations where the other person is doing something that creates problems for you? We all respond in our own ways. Do you find yourself acting like a doormat? Do you become an aggressive bully? Are you someone who stings others from the side so you can't be discovered? Are you someone who just speaks up? Which one do you think you are most of the time?  
Dr. Russ Morfitt
February 16, 2024
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Mental Health

Take Care of Your Mind for a Healthy Heart

Getting a call that a loved one had a heart attack sends our stomach into knots. We all want to avoid that kind of news and reduce the risk of cardiac crisis. Did you know that mental health and heart health are linked? Studies show that stress, anxiety, anger, and depression can raise your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. And having a heart attack can lead to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.   Understanding how mental and heart health are connected is key. It can help you take steps to improve both. Here are some…
Learn to Live Team
February 5, 2024
Precautions can often be a big part of why we stay stuck.
Stress & Anxiety

Play it safe. You can’t be too careful.

How Learn to Live Delivers CBT: Part 10 Take a moment and think of the things you do to try to keep yourself from feeling unpleasant emotions. Consider the things you do so you don’t feel too scared, too upset, or too sad. You might think of all those unnecessary things we do to keep us from feeling too troubled as hacks for our emotions. Researchers often call them "safety seeking behaviors." I just call them “precautions.” It turns out those precautions can often be a big part of why we stay stuck. We may be stuck in our anxiety,…
Dr. Russ Morfitt
January 11, 2024
Strategies to cope with the "winter blues"
Seasonal Mental Health

Coping with the “Winter Blues”

Do you feel gloomy when the seasons change? Does your energy level get sapped? You may have the “winter blues” or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that’s related to the changing of seasons. In the winter, it can be caused by things like shorter days, colder temperatures, less sunlight, and less activity. Here are some things that can help SAD: Be active – connect with friends, take on projects, learn new things, and help others. Spend time outside on sunny days to get more vitamin D.   Exercise to reduce stress and make you feel happier.  …
Learn to Live Team
December 20, 2023