When talk of a virus outbreak hits close to home, it’s normal to feel stressed about a potential pandemic and emerging health crisis. No matter how you're feeling, New Directions can help. Visit ndbh.com à Resources à Self-help tools for the latest on COVID-19.  Access the Health Resou [...]

It’s February – the season for love notes, flowers and heart-shaped chocolates. Maybe that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, or maybe it makes you want to fast-forward to March. Instead of putting pressure on your significant other or your relationship status, try treating yourself to some self-compassion this month. Be kind to yourself. Show yourself the same e [...]

Early in my career, a coworker looked at me and said,” You are a very negative person.” My initial reaction was to feel a bit hurt, but something in me recognized some truth. Whenever I saw someone, I immediately and instinctively found something negative. There were things said about me and to me as a child that formed a negative frame of mind. I’m pretty sure that negativity started w [...]

When I think of the strawberry, I am reminded of a quote by William Allen Butler: “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, than a strawberry, doubtless God never did.”  Webster’s dictionary defines a strawberry as a small red fruit. I would add that even though it is small in size, it is large in flavor. Strawberries are grown throughout [...]

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get or stay healthy in 2020? The Better You Strides online wellness program can help with that and reward you along the way. Start your journey by taking 15-20 minutes to complete a personal health assessment. It will set the path for the health and wellness activities, videos and quizzes you tackle along the way. Topics include managing your hea [...]

Whether you’re kicking a bad habit or hope to crush your personal and professional goals in 2020, you are capable of staying track with the right focus and commitment. Here are some tips to get you started on the right foot:  Be willing to take baby steps. If you decide to make big changes too quickly, you can derail your goals for behavior change. Small successes [...]

Some say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But not for you. Because it’s also the season for gift giving. Bah humbug! But you’re no Scrooge. You actually enjoy giving gifts. What you don’t look forward to is figuring out what to get for the special people on your list. Has your holiday gift shopping fallen victim to procrastination? Are your loved ones tired of [...]

Loneliness is a tricky emotion to understand. Maybe you feel like you’re lacking attachments you once had, or you’re facing something new like an unfamiliar school, town, job or other life change. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have anyone to share your feelings and experiences with. Or you feel unlovable – even if others don’t think so – and aren’t sure why. However it presents itself, loneli [...]

August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day, and did you know there are actual health benefits of coloring?   When you pick up a crayon coloring can bring joy and peace to your life.  [...]

The National Park Service, or NPS, was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. [...]

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