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The Heart-Mind Connection: Managing Stress for Heart Health

February is American Heart Month. It’s a time when many of us think about our physical heart health, but it’s also an important time to recognize how our mental health impacts our heart.

Stress, depression, and anxiety can take a toll on us in many ways. Prolonged stress can have a significant impact on our heart and overall health.

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Congratulations on Completing Dry January—What Comes Next?

Having successfully navigated Dry January, you're likely reaping benefits such as improved sleep, sharper mental clarity, and possible weight loss—common outcomes for those who abstain from alcohol. But for some individuals, especially those previously engaged in heavy drinking, Dry January may have brought negative side effects, including serious medical issues during detoxification. For others still, the experience of cravings or withdrawal symptoms may have revealed a previously unrecognized dependency on alcohol.

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Coping with Holiday Stress: Tips to Start the New Year with a Healthy Mind

Coping with Holiday Stress: Tips to Start the New Year with a Healthy Mind

The Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD

As the holiday season unfolds and new year approaches, it brings with it a unique blend of joy and stress. While it's a time for celebrations and gatherings, the reality is that it can also usher in a wave of overwhelming emotions for many.