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The Behavioral Health of Boise

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The Behavioral Health of Boise
It seems that awareness is the area for largest improvement in Boise. With awareness comes better recognition of symptoms and mechanisms for treatment, which also increase with more allocation of resources, another decision that usually lies in the hands of a concerned community.
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Do You Have Issues With Coping?

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Do You Have Issues With Coping?
Life is full of ups and downs. Things will happen that will make you feel down or even sad. These feelings are natural but sometimes it may be more than you can handle.
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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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3 More Apps

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I have three more apps you might be interested in. The first is called ReliefLink.  It has several relapse prevention planning features in one app. 1. Mood tracking plus suicidal thoughts. If the mood is low or suicidal thoughts are present, the app links to your previously made safety plan or other in app resources. 2.  Relaxation Exercises (relaxation and mindfulness)3. Relaxing Music--just hit play and you will hear calming music. Reallllly calm. It's soft so I th...
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Apps for ACT and Mindfulness

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In all IOP groups, we discuss the concept of mindfulness. We often practice this skill in group, but in order to be proficient in this skill, it is something to be practiced regularly. Both of these apps are available for apple and android.
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We all have urges to do things that aren't in our best interest long term, whether that is overeating, refusing to eat, self harm, suicide or alcohol/drug use. Learning to recognize urges as urges (which may be very strong and compelling) but not as mandates or musts, takes a bit of work. One skill that can be helpful is called Disarm. It stands for Destructive Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method.  This is a cognitive behavioral technique that asks us to identify the though...
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Want to be happier?

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On our Resources page you'll find an app called Happier. For awhile the app had courses you could purchase. They still have some you have to pay for, but many of them are now free. One free 10 day challenge (course) is called Attitude: Gratitude. The topics are as follows:What Makes You HappierThe One Thing Happiest People Have in CommonSavor the Sweet ThingsCreating Your Daily Gratitude RitualHow to TurboCharge Your Gratitude RitualThe Little Huge Things to Appreciate in Every Single D...
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A short story on mindfulness by Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer known for works such asWar and Peace and Anna Karenina, also wrote many short stories. One story, titled 3 Questions, attempts to answer the following: When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times?You'll find the story here, which includes the answers to each question.  It will only take a few minutes to read.  As you read this stor...
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How Are You At Being Mindful?

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At MidValley Healthcare, one of the problems we work on is coping with symptoms of anxiety. We spend considerable time on using CBT skills to combat distorted thoughts that lead to anxiety, but another skill that is helpful in reducing anxiety is being mindful.  Mindfulness is about being fully present, aware of the current state, calmly accepting or at least acknowledging one's thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc. Obviously, this takes lots and lots of practice. In being mindful w...
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Walking Meditation

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It is that glorious time of year in June where there weather is just perfect. The sun is shining and it's not too hot.  Often, therapists ask our clients to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. In January that can be a daunting task, but right now is great time to get outside.  If you're not ready for vigorous exercise, consider doing a walking meditation. Walking meditation is an opportunity to be mindful, present and moving at the same time, rather than ...
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