Care to Change https://www.caretochange.org Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:27:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 All the messages about corona are driving me crazy! https://www.caretochange.org/all-the-messages-about-corona-are-driving-me-crazy/ https://www.caretochange.org/all-the-messages-about-corona-are-driving-me-crazy/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:34:10 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3857 Humans are creatures that thrive on connection. Our brains light up when we’re in the company of other people, and we’re eager to hear what they have to say. A great TV show can capture our full attention and bring a full range of emotions. So when we’re socially distancing ourselves or in some kind […]

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Social distancing, telehealth, and your options for help when it really matters https://www.caretochange.org/social-distancing-telehealth-and-your-options-for-help-when-it-really-matters/ https://www.caretochange.org/social-distancing-telehealth-and-your-options-for-help-when-it-really-matters/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:31:55 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3855 There’s a certain irony in the concept of social distancing. At a time when we desperately crave human contact and companionship, we’re being told to stay away from other people. That’s tough for nearly everyone, but even more difficult for people who have been working with a counselor to tackle challenges in their lives. If […]

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We’re coming together to support others https://www.caretochange.org/were-coming-together-to-support-others/ https://www.caretochange.org/were-coming-together-to-support-others/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:14:08 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3864 I’m sure you’ve read that wonderful quote from Fred Rogers (TV’s Mister Rogers) about his mother telling him in fearful situations to “look for the helpers.” Our team recently joined together creating a formal statement confirming our role during the current time of international uncertainly. We’re sharing it here in the hope that it will […]

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An unusual way to cope with covid https://www.caretochange.org/an-unusual-way-to-cope-with-covid/ https://www.caretochange.org/an-unusual-way-to-cope-with-covid/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:04:08 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3862 Tired of sitting in the same rooms and looking at the same walls? Then get out! Yes, seriously. Not to places we aren’t supposed to go. I mean outside. Practicing social distancing to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors doesn’t have to mean locking ourselves in our homes or apartments. Getting outside and exercising […]

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How to find peace in a time of uncertainty https://www.caretochange.org/how-to-find-peace-in-a-time-of-uncertainty/ https://www.caretochange.org/how-to-find-peace-in-a-time-of-uncertainty/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:38:50 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3847 Maybe it’s having the kids home full time. Maybe it’s the threat of no more meat, milk, or toilet paper. Maybe it’s the never ending messages about covid or the constant changes that accompany the virus. I’m not sure about you, but corona seems to own my time these days. It used to be meetings […]

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Nervous about COVID19? https://www.caretochange.org/nervous-about-covid19/ https://www.caretochange.org/nervous-about-covid19/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:15:55 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3842 Are you nervous about the coronavirus? Maybe you’re beyond nervous. Maybe you’re anxious, and maybe you’re flat terrified. Whether or not we’re willing to admit it, most of us are, at the very least, a bit unsettled. Even as a therapist, I know I’ve felt unsettled, nervous, and even anxious during this time. I’ve had […]

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Am I sick? Or am I just stressed? https://www.caretochange.org/am-i-sick-or-am-i-just-stressed/ https://www.caretochange.org/am-i-sick-or-am-i-just-stressed/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:37:46 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3836 Rigorous handwashing. Antibacterial gels. Coughing into our elbows. There are so many things we do to avoid being exposed to — or exposing others to — germs. We freely accept that these microscopic objects are lurking out there, just waiting to sneak into our bloodstream and knock us off our feet for a few days. […]

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Anxiety, depression, and LGBTQ people https://www.caretochange.org/anxiety-depression-and-lgbtq-people/ https://www.caretochange.org/anxiety-depression-and-lgbtq-people/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:04:54 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3828 Were you aware that members of our communities who are LGBTQ have significantly higher rates of anxiety and depression than their straight or gender-conforming neighbors and family members? Studies have shown that between a third and a half of LGBTQ people have dealt with anxiety and depression, a rate that’s 1.5 to 2.5 times higher […]

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Living with a spouse who’s facing mental health challenges https://www.caretochange.org/living-with-a-spouse-whos-facing-mental-health-challenges/ https://www.caretochange.org/living-with-a-spouse-whos-facing-mental-health-challenges/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:57:32 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3825 Someone who is grappling with mental health challenges is suffering, often in ways we can’t see. But someone else is also suffering because of those challenges, and it’s something we don’t always notice. The spouses of people with mental health concerns also feel strong impacts. The symptoms and elements of their partners’ conditions often spill […]

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Can churches cure anxiety? https://www.caretochange.org/can-churches-cure-anxiety/ https://www.caretochange.org/can-churches-cure-anxiety/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 04:38:09 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=3819 Churches serve the spiritual needs of their members, helping them view life’s many events and challenges through the lens of faith. So it comes as no surprise that members turn to pastoral staff and members of the lay leadership when they find themselves in difficult situations. One area that’s particularly uncomfortable for some pastors and […]

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