Together For Mental Health (#Together4MH)

By Quinn Nystrom, MS It is hard to believe that Mental Health Awareness has been observed since 1949. That’s over seven decades of raising awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities! I have to note that the global events of the…

Things You Should Know About Alcohol Awareness Month

By Quinn Nystrom, MS I touched on this topic in my March article about pandemic fatigue. However, I’d like to dive a little (OK, a LOT) deeper into the known fact that overindulging in alcohol has increased significantly since the pandemic. Reports show that excessive drinking (8 drinks a week for women, 15 for men,…

4 Exciting Tech Announcements in the Diabetes World 2022

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Technology. Some people say they dislike it, but just as many (if not more) know the world is a better place because of it. Whether it is your friend or foe, the medical field has amplified patient care, increased disease control, and improved treatment methods because of technological advances. A lot…

I’m Tired. You’re Tired. Pandemic Fatigue is Real

By Quinn Nystrom, MS It’s been 8,000 days since a relentless and brutal virus plunged our world into a global pandemic. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been that long, but it sure feels like it sometimes. COVID-19 has been no walk in the park for anyone, but it has been especially challenging for those struggling with…

Wounded Healer – How to Prioritize Your Own Health Before Helping Others

By Quinn Nystrom, MS As human beings, we are hardwired to want to help others. This fact is evident in the bravery and tenacity of our healthcare workers, law enforcement, military, and the Everyday Heroes that we encounter either in person or on the news. Imagine what the world would be like if we were…

NEDA Awareness Week

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Did you know that this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week? This relevant and significant observation is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by them. NEDAwareness Week is a collective…

Illness Splaining

By Center for Change Illness splaining is a thing. I thought I made it up a few weeks ago when a family member with zero experience or expertise started trying to “educate” me about my chronic illness/autoimmune disease. As she was droning on and on about a condition that I live with daily, I literally…

Perspective: The Color and Nuance of Story

By Krista A. Lample, M.Ed I’ve written about my irritation with the “look on the bright side” “silver linings” crowd. Not only are we not allowed to just live in our darkness for a minute or two, we have to force a lesson out of every bad thing we experience. Take Covid for instance. I…

My Journey Outside the Box

By Krista A. Lample, M.Ed It took me about 10 years to be diagnosed with celiac disease. Seemingly unrelated symptoms plagued me to the point where I sometimes felt like a hypochondriac. Doctors did not take me seriously. Most do not know much about celiac disease in my experience AND what they do know is…

Expectations

by Krista A. Lample, M.Ed OK I’m waiting……. 2021 is supposed to be better right? It’s been a month and a half. I’ve been patient. Everyone’s getting vaccinated. Where is the “better” that I was promised? Ok maybe I wasn’t promised per se but I feel like it was implied. Why don’t I feel any…

Do Not Fear the Resolution

By Krista Lample, M.Ed Happy Belated New Year!  It seems like everyone is anti-resolution these days. I get it. The general consensus is that most people don’t keep resolutions so why set yourself up for failure?  Mental health wise it seems to make more sense to set yourself up for success with small, attainable goals….

Waiting for COVID

By Krista Lample, MEd I don’t know about you, but this is the title of my life over the past 6 months. It’s like we are all starring in our own sad, anxiety-ridden, paranoid movie and just waiting for the bad thing to happen. Life seems to be put on hold in so many ways….

A New Normal Amidst Teachable Moments

By Quinn Nystrom It’s hard to believe we are already approaching Month Six of what has proven to be one heckuva tumultuous 2020. I predict many of us will have “Survived COVID-19” on our end-of-year Victory Lists. And rightfully so. We all should give ourselves a round of applause for navigating a super-scary pandemic with dignity…

Say Something

By Center for Change “If you see something, say something.” Most relate that statement to terrorism or maybe air travel safety. I relate that statement to eating disorder recovery. I truly believe that people ‘saying something’ is what started me on my recovery journey. Even if I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. At…

The “Insides” and “Outsides” of Social Media

By Center for Change Social Media is a lifeline for many people especially right now when so many are isolated.  In the age of social distancing, it’s good to feel connected, and social media can facilitate that connection. Friendships can be maintained, family can be close even if they are far away, and we have…

Take Care of YOU: 5 Self-Care Tips for Trying Times

By Quinn Nystrom Being scared, stressed, frustrated, and uncertain is exhausting. These emotions, though completely normal for us humans, can wreak havoc on almost every facet of our lives. I’m sure you don’t need to tell you that, thanks to the current trauma our world is experiencing, these emotions have probably run higher than ever…

Attitude of Gratitude

By Center for Change Employee Gratitude is good. It’s wonderful actually. In fact the Center for Change theme right now is an “Attitude of Gratitude.” According to Psychology Today, it can improve physical and psychological health. People who focus on gratitude experience decreased stress among countless other benefits. I have gratitude for countless things. I…

A New Normal

Author: Center for Change If you told me 6 months ago that a pandemic would basically bring the US and much of the world to a grinding halt, I would never have believed it. Of course I believed in infectious disease and I knew that certain viruses can spread very quickly and I knew how…

Goal 2020 – ReWilding

By Quinn, Nystrom, MS Spring has sprung! Sort of, anyway. After the longest winters of the longest winters with a side-order or quarantine, many people are looking forward to greenery, gardens, and hours in the sun. I know I don’t need to go into a log dissertation as to how COVID-19 has sent all of…

Eating Disorder Recovery & Celiac Disease

By Krista Lample, MEd I’ve been in recovery from an eating disorder for over 20 years. It’s not a daily struggle anymore and it hasn’t been for a long time. I don’t worry or think or obsess about the things that used to consume me. I’ve been tested many times with those life events and…

The Unplug Challenge

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Noise–it’s everywhere. Finding quiet and stillness on a daily basis takes an act of congress and even when we are trying to power down from a long day our computers, mobile devices, and televisions are filled with mind-numbing distraction and demands. People are truly in love with their connectivity (I’m guilty…

Human Being AND a Human Doing

By Quinn Nystrom, MS I recently saw a meme on social media that struck a chord with me. It said something along the lines of, “If you want this year to be your year, don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out and do it.” I think all of us have fallen…

There are no Mistakes – Only Lessons

By Quinn Nystrom, MS How many would like to go back in time and rewrite (or “re-right”) some of your wrongs? Erase the mistakes of the past that either created a mess, mortified us with embarrassment, or left us emotionally battered and bruised. How many would like to write a letter to your younger self…

5 Ways to Reject Diet Culture this New Year

By Danielle Basye, RD, LD The new year is socially marked as a reset, a fresh start, and time to reflect on all the ups and downs in the previous year.  Part of the socially constructed reset is often promoted with detoxing and repenting for the Christmas treats we ate to get our bodies and…

Kiss it Goodbye

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Life is ever-changing and when it does, we need to adapt, evolve, and re-evaluate. Roll with the punches, so to speak. And as we pass the half-way point of this year, my guess is we’ve all had plenty of opportunities to “roll with the punches.” When unforeseen events in our lives…