Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month and Mental Health America showcases that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing as well as that mental illnesses are common and treatable. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body, to raise awareness about the connection between physical and mental health and explore methods to improve our whole health such as humor, social connections, spirituality, exercise, and gratitude.

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10 Tips to Teach Kids Money Saving Habits

Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Educator Saving money is a habit that we need to build and practice.  Starting our children and grandchildren with some good habits now will greatly help them in the future. Wants vs. Needs While needs are the basic food, shelter, clothing and wants are the extras, this conversation can […]

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Stress Awareness Month

For years, we have talked about how stress makes us sick, and indeed, stress can certainly affect our health.  And, if something makes us sick, we avoid it. In times of acute stress, our stress reaction can save our life.  Stress hormones increase our heart rate and blood pressure; our neural processing switches to self-preservation and we are ready to fight or flight.  So, our reaction time is better, our focus is on how to stay safe.  If we are driving and someone runs a stop sign that we are about to go through, we automatically break and/or swerve.  If we are hiking and run across a rattle snake, we halt and figure out how to get around it.

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Keeping Up or Cutting Back Financially

Sometimes, life and the cost of living may seem to overtake our paychecks, or income has dropped, or there are unexpected expenses.  Getting a handle on finances and financial stress can feel daunting, or even embarrassing.  But financial stress is a common stress, and many people find themselves needing assistance at one point or another. Financial stress can make us feel like we need to keep it a secret or hide it from friends or family.  Talking about our stress to the people who care about us can help us feel better (financial stress is normal and more common than we think!), give us a sounding board, and can help us come up with some creative solutions.

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International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for moving towards gender parity.” – International Women’s Day Website

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge by Heather Quackenboss, Human Development and Relationships Educator, Extension La Crosse County February 17th marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day and the beginning of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Researchers have found that our own wellbeing and happiness increase when we perform random acts of kindness for others. We […]

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