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The Healing Power of Music

A stirring melody. Meaningful lyrics. An upbeat tempo. When the elements of music come together in just the right way, it speaks to people in a way that nothing else can. That’s the power of music, and when music therapy is incorporated into settings like behavioral health and cancer care, it really makes a difference. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health

Workplace Bullying: What You Need to Know

Bullying isn’t confined to the playground. The behavior also occurs in the workplace, and it’s a growing national concern. According to a national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute, nearly one-third of workers report having felt bullied at work. Unfortunately, 40 percent of targets — the individuals being bullied — never tell their employers. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health

Combat the Winter Blues

In the Midwest, we often pride ourselves on making it through extreme winters, even if it’s painful. Six inches of snow and 45 mph winds? We just grin and bear it — and maybe put on another pair of wool socks. Read More »
Mental Health, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Holiday Letdown Can Intensify Depression

After the presents are unwrapped and the decorations come down, everyone might feel a bit of a letdown after the holidays. Yet for those fighting depression, these feelings are intensified. “For some, the holidays are a distraction from problems. It’s normal to feel deflated when January rolls around and the holidays are over,” said Hiedi Roberts, CSW-PIP, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Manager. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health
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Checklist: Coping with Stress and Burnout

Stress in moderation is healthy, but when stress is a constant in our lives it can lead to burnout. Burnout can be defined as the response to lasting stress, leading to decreased productivity, diminished compassion or care for others, and emotional drain (Edwards & Dirette, 2010). Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

Ten Practical Ways to Ease Stress

Feeling stressed? You’re not the only one. We all feel stressed from time to time. Daily life stressors — from dealing with kids going back to school to concerns about finances, family or work — or even more serious life events can all cause stress of varying degrees. Read More »
Mental Health · Avera Health