How does Daylight Saving Time impact your Mental Health?

Daylight Saving Time impact your Mental Health | New Connections Counseling Center, Baltimore, MD

Have you ever noticed feeling down on a rainy day? Do sunny days make you feel perky and full of energy? Natural light has a big impact on how we feel. As we transition into winter and the days get shorter and darker, we lose a lot of sunlight exposure, which can affect our mood. But did you know Daylight...[ read more ]

What Are the Signs of Depression in College Students?

Signs of Depression in College Students | New Connections Counseling Center, Baltimore MD

Going to college is a long-awaited time for many young people. It is a time full of new experiences, self-discovery, and freedom. However, this sudden change can act as a catalyst for depression and anxiety. In fact, studies show that one in four college students struggles with mental illness. College students are particularly susceptible to depression. For most, it is...[ read more ]

How to Cope with Depression During COVID-19 Winter

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COVID-19 has made a lot of people struggle with their mental health. Anxiety, uncertainty, fear, negative feelings and worrying thoughts are rising in all of us. When a global event shakes our normal functioning and habits, we ought to adapt, no matter how hard that feels. But, that’s easier said than done for quite a few people. Some individuals already...[ read more ]

Are These the Winter Blues or Symptoms of Depression?

Shorter days. Longer nights. Early sunsets and cold, dark days. You get tired easily and become gloomy. Resentment against the approaching winter builds as you desperately wish for the sunnier and brighter days of summer. This funk you're in might be the winter blues. But if you feel this way year in and year out, you might be suffering from...[ read more ]

CBT: What It Is and What It Can Do For You

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Are there areas in your life that pose a challenge to you? Have you decided to face this challenge alone because you do not feel seeing a therapist is right for you? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be the answer that you are looking for. Many people have the impression that seeing a therapist requires spending their time exploring their life...[ read more ]

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Mental Health

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Anxiety disorders. Depression. Addiction. These are all symptoms of poor mental health. Studies have shown that one in every five U.S. adults suffers from a mental illness. While medications, psychotherapy, and brain treatments are quite effective at treating mental health disorders, they can be expensive and could leave you with unpleasant side effects. Mindfulness offers you the best of both...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Better Understand & Cope with a Midlife Crisis

It is said that if you live long enough, you’ll eventually hit middle age. Once they hit that mark, many people begin to look around at their life and notice what is working and what isn’t. Unfortunately, some people notice much of their life isn’t working, at least not in the way they thought it would, and a crisis strikes....[ read more ]

How to Practice Self-Compassion

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Most of us from a young age are taught how to be kind, considerate and compassionate toward others. But rarely are we told to show the same consideration to ourselves. This becomes even more true for individuals brought up in abusive or unloving homes. What is Self-Compassion? Self-compassion is taken from Buddhist psychology and refers to how we can relate...[ read more ]

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