Self-Help

SELF-HELP ARTICLES

How to Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions
Only 8 percent of individuals typically keep their New Year’s resolutions throughout the year, and 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are already off track by the first week of February.

Is it Really the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Persevering through the Holiday Season

There are three staples to the holiday season in my family: lunch with extended family, board games, and adults reverting to their childlike personalities and roles. While the end of the year can bring celebrations and cheer, it can also re-open old wounds, heighten stress, and leave many at a loss for how they can survive prolonged time with loved ones.

Nature and Health
Anyone who has spent time in nature knows how peaceful and calming it is. We need to start prioritizing the importance of nature on our health. This article discusses the many benefits we can derive from spending time in the “great outdoors.”

Technology Fatigue: What It Is and How To Deal With It, Part One
Technology has integrated into practically every facet of our everyday lives. This article discusses the concept of technology fatigue and gives recommendations on how to address the issue.

Ditch The Diet This Holiday Season
The diet mentality causes restrictive, negative thinking that sets you up for stress, struggles, and usually guarantees defeat. Here are some ways to stay stress-free, healthy, and happy while still enjoying all the delicious food the holidays has to offer.

Leaning In To Having It All Groupthink
‘Leaning In’ and ‘Having It All’ often invoke strong feelings about the life choices of women and men. It’s hard not to arrive quickly at an opinion or take offense at a perceived standard of judgment. So, how does one navigate with all the conflict and debate? This article discusses how Groupthink can influence some people’s perspectives when dealing with these topics.

How to Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for the affected person as well as their friends and family. This articles highlights three approaches that can be used to help loved ones provide care in the least stressful and most positive manner possible.

Single Parents Guide to Dating After Divorce:
Dating after divorce can be confusing, overwhelming and may present many questions for parents and kids. This article provides helpful tips which can help with the navigation of this process.

Support Group for Partners, Friends & Relatives of People with Mental Health Issues
Personal Testimonial from an RTP Professional
A Triangle community member shares openly the challenges of living with a highly difficult partner, and talks about his journey, a path that ultimately resulted in him starting a support group for others.

Balancing Mental Health Challenges
Dr. Lepage is interviewed about the impact between mental health and financial health by a leading national financial services group. Mental Health challenges are on the rise, due in part to recent economic challenges, the 24/7 media blitz of bad news, and trends.

Financial Health Advice From a Leading Expert
An interview with Haleh Moddasser of Stearns Financial Services Group (offices in Chapel Hill and Greensboro, serving clients across the U.S.). Featured in Forbes magazine several times, Stearns Financial was selected by Goldline Research as one of the Leading Wealth Managers of the U.S. for 2009, 2010, and 2011. Halah (pronounced “Holly”) is the Vice President of the Triangle office in Chapel Hill.

Planning Your Mid Life “Crisis”
The time period of mid life has often been associated with reflection and anxiety. We explore signs of mid life crisis, who is most susceptible, and how to make this a time of positive growth versus stress.

Mindfulness is a Popular Buzzword: What Can it Mean For You?
This article describes mindfulness in-depth: history, components, and an exercise, as well as additional resources.

Just Can’t Get to Sleep: Dealing with Insomnia
This article addresses the three major types of insomnia. Read about helpful tips for gaining better sleep quality through small behavioral changes.

Graduating with a Little Less Stress
This article addresses the stressful transition and added challenges related to graduation and provides tips on how to mentally prepare and plan ahead to make the transition easier.

Holidays: Family Edition – Dealing with Stress and Simplifying the Mess
This article addresses common stressors related to family during the holiday season. Read about strategies to deal with time management, money, and concerns about children.

Holidays: Health Edition – Dealing with Stress and Simplifying the Mess
This article addresses common stressors related to remaining healthy during the holidays. Read tips for weight management and alcohol consumption.

Men’s Health Awareness
This article alerts men to possible health concerns and provides knowledge pertaining to visible symptoms, information about testing, treatment options, as well as prevention for future health risks.

Relieving Stress Headaches
It is quite common for people to experience physical symptoms when they are feeling stressed or anxious. Among other symptoms, headaches are some of the most commonly occurring physical side effects of stress. The most common type of headache is the tension headache. Learn strategies to help relieve your stress induced headaches.

So You Want a Healthier Lifestyle: Are You Ready to Make a Change?
Written by Rhonda Karg, Ph.D. Dr. Karg is an expert in motivational interviewing for health behaviors and preventable illnesses (exercise, healthy eating, medication compliance, alcohol moderation, quitting smoking; obesity, diabetes, asthma, etc.). In this article she distinguishes between desire to change and motivation to change, and provides a brief rating scale for you to determine your current readiness for change and need for assistance.

Tips for Healthy Sleep & Dealing with Insomnia
This article walks you through the steps of progressive relaxation in order to help you get a restful night sleep.

Laughing for Your Health
In this article we are reminded why laughing is beneficial to our physical and emotional health, and it includes tips for adding more laughter to your life.

Helpful Hints for Common Problems
Something for everyone… This article suggests helpful tips for common problem areas such as relationships, parenting, depression, and anxiety.

Mental Health Facts and Resources
Do you know what percent of people have metal health issues each year, such as mood disorders, bi-polar, OCD, or PTSD; how many children have AD/HD; or what percent of teens use drugs? Did you know that mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. & Canada for ages 15-44, or that talk therapy has been empirically-validated to treat mental health disorders? This article discusses the prevalence of different problems and disorders, and provides other websites and agencies that provide more information about mental health.

Tips for Happy Roommates
Most college students and many young adults have roommates. In this article we suggest ways to develop a healthy living situation with your roommate.