Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV In my family, it’s not unusual to hear the question “How was your day?” as we sit down to eat dinner. Because I have teenagers, the answer to that question is usually “fine”—I’m sure … [Read more...]

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

From: Time Ready the recycling bin When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipes, and the list goes on. But becoming the healthiest version of yourself also means throwing … [Read more...]

Graduation from Drug Court Program Marks Turnaround

Drug Court

From: Charleston Daily Mail  By: Andrea Lannom For Charleston mother-to-be Jessie Hicks, Thursday marked a special milestone in combating her addiction. Hicks, 28, along with eight other people, graduated from the drug court program in a Thursday ceremony in the ceremonial courtroom of the … [Read more...]

Are You In Charge of Your Life?

From: Psych Central By: Dr. Larry Berkelhammer Unhealthy use of language The use of language that includes terms such as have to, should, shouldn’t, and can’t is disempowering. When we think that way, we are not fully in charge of our lives. When all our behavior is based on conscious … [Read more...]

Writing Your Way to Happiness

From: New York Times By: Tara Parker-Pope  The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a … [Read more...]

38 Tips For Finding Ways to Relax

From: Psych Central By: Tamara Hill, MS This past week I met with a few of my former colleagues and we ended up discussing the various ways we tend to de-stress over the weekend. I thought many of the suggestions shared were great and wanted to share them with you! If you are a parent, family … [Read more...]

Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids’ Math Scores

From: Time  Fourth and fifth graders who did mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores than their peers In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress,protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. … [Read more...]

How to Be a Better Listener as a Parent

From: Psych Central By: Holly Brown, LMFT There’s a lot out there about how to talk to your kids, especially about difficult topics like drugs and sex.  But what might be of greater value to your relationship and to their development is if you become a better listener. Here are some tips. 1) … [Read more...]

What We Can Learn From Life’s Major Setbacks

From: Psych Central By: Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT   It’s hard to imagine that losing everything could be, in any way, good, let alone the best thing ever. But then again, there are many things that were hard to imagine before they happened — take walking on the moon, running a four minute … [Read more...]