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Puppy Love Series Part 1 – Dating in the teenage years

Relationships in the teenage years are simultaneously thrilling and devastating.  Follow our four-part blog about “Puppy Love.” When should teenagers start dating? Even though girls and guys begin to pair up as early as the sixth grade, that doesn’t mean you’re ready to date. At age 12 and 13, you should probably feel completely overwhelmed [...]

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Money Management

Money Management Tips From the National Endowment for Financial Education • Write down everything you spend this month to get a sense of where your money goes. • Calculate how much money you think you will need for retirement. • Pick a date by which to pay off all your credit card debt. • Next [...]

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Stigma keeps people from reaching out

As those of you familiar with “social media” may know, deciding how and what to share about ourselves is very important. The fact that we have a concern, and that we are either working on it or have successfully overcome it can be very helpful for other people to hear. Respectful exchanges with others without [...]

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Feeling Stressed?

Stress is a very common experience that all of us experience every day. It’s our body’s way of responding to demands throughout the day. This stress can be good stress – stress that motivates or protects us, or bad stress – stress that gets in our way physically and/or mentally. Take a look at the [...]

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Changing Negative Self-Talk to Positive

Our Self-Talk (what we tell ourselves, the chatter or our inner voice) is a factor in determining how we feel about ourselves and what we do with our lives. Our WORDS form our THOUGHTS, which create our FEELINGS, which foster our BELIEFS, which produce our BEHAVIORS, which establishes our IDENTITY. Negative Self-Talk (Four Basic Types) [...]

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A Time When Silence was Golden

Written by: W. Drew Brandli, MSW, LCSW with Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health Services “I don’t think he heard me,” said a woman in speaking with a friend about her husband. “He doesn’t seem to care about what I have to say or how I feel. It is always what he thinks, and then he tells [...]

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Keeping Your Mind Young

Agnesian Health Shoppe offers full complement of services The Agnesian Health Shoppe, 327 Winnebago Drive, Fond du Lac, offers a complete line of quality home health and respiratory equipment, from sales and rentals to repairs. The store features equipment, including E-Z lift recliners, wheelchairs, electric scooters, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, stair lifts, reading machines, low [...]

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Tips for Positive Stress Management

Here are a few tips for positive stress management: Know What Stress Is Stress is our physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changes that occur in life or to demands that are placed on us. Stress is our response to changes and events. Know the Signs of a Stress Reaction Physical • Muscle tension [...]

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Words Matter: To You and to Others

There are some words that people say in my office that make my ears perk up. They perk up because they are powerful when said to ourselves as well as to others. Let me give you a few examples. You Starting a sentence with “You”, especially when talking to someone else in an angry tone, [...]

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Parenting after Divorce

Approximately half of all marriages end in divorce and some of these involve children. While the end of a committed relationship is extremely hard on the adults involved, the children are also at times devastated by their parents splitting. What parents can do to increase the chance that their children will emerge the least harmed [...]

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