Okay, the year has ended (and what a tough one it has been), and we indulged through the holiday season. Hey – we’re only human! But now we’re in the new year, and if you haven’t at least thought about what to do better for the coming year, you might be in the minority…lol. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions…hopefully ones we can actually keep.
If you’ve thought about changing your lifestyle habits to healthier ones, then you’ll need to learn how to get through the first 30 days, as implementing new habits can be challenging! You may need to know what to do differently, and what to expect while you’re implementing these changes.
Life happens. Stuff happens. We live in a world where stress is all around us. It’s commonplace. We may not even know anymore what being stress-free means. So … how are we coping with all of this?
First things first – do we even have a problem with any type of addiction? What types of addictions are there? The obvious ones are alcohol and other drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD, pot, etc. But there are other ways to be addicted. What about social media and/or your cell phone? How much you shop? Do you eat a lot of foods with sugar, starches, and grains? Are you doing it too much, neglecting other important things in your life?
Unfortunately, in this day and age, even very young children and certainly teens are getting hooked on lots of things that are … well … less than healthy. Addiction can be overt or covert. In other words, you might be able to see a kid using a substance or spend an abundance of time on an activity like playing video games, and the child does this to distraction.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.