Embracing an Uncomfortable Peace, the Heart of Chris Fogarty’s Wellness Journey

Take it from an expert—and a very busy father of soon-to-be eight young children—all of us have mental health needs. Chris Fogarty, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Mercy psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who provides mental health outpatient care for patients of all ages. He also provides consultation for Mercy’s Emergency Department and admitted patients, and…

Mental Notes

Everyone feels moody or has “a case of the Mondays” occasionally, but when disruptions in thought or behavior cause someone to lose their ability to cope with normal functions and routines, they may be dealing with a much more serious problem than mere moodiness.  Mental health is just as important to a person’s overall health…

Stress Less: Managing Stress in a World of Stressors

Stress: We all experience it. Not all stress is bad, of course. Training for a marathon, preparing to defend your dissertation or working toward any other big goal can be a form of healthy stress. However, unmanaged, day-to-day aggravations and major life upheavals can eventually take a toll on your health. What Is Stress? Stress…

Stress Less: managing stress in a world full of stressors
Take Care of Yourself So You Can Be There For Others

Mercy employee Alex Camacho talks about what motivates him to stay healthy while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life. Alex Camacho, RN, has a lot of people depending on him — his wife, Monica, his 2-year-old son, Adrian, his coworkers in the ICU and his patients — and he doesn’t take his…

Alex Camacho, Mercy Nurse, Self Care
Building a Great Relationship

Do you know anyone who’s been married for fifty years or more? In the past it wasn’t unusual to know one or two couples who made it to their golden wedding anniversary. And the reason most didn’t last had more to do with health than divorce.  Today, couples who don’t marry seem to split up…

Relationship Tips from Mercy Concern Counseling in Canton and Akron Ohio
4 Simple Ways to STOP and Practice Mindfulness

When the word mindfulness comes to mind, many assume it involves being zoned out and ignoring reality. In fact, mindfulness is just the opposite. Jon Kabat Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” The results of regular…

Mindfulness techniques from Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio
Seven Marriage Myths You Might Believe

In June it seems love is all around, and weddings are big business. So much attention is paid to the party, but what about the marriage itself? What comes after the wedding, and how can a couple increase their chances of success in marriage? There are so many myths in our society about what love…

Seven marriage myths from Mercy Concern counseling in Canton Ohio
Honor Mental Health Awareness Month By Doing These Six Things

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been since 1949. Sometimes it seems as if there is something vying for our attention every week, so it’s fair to ask,“What is mental health and why does it deserve a month of awareness?” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines mental health as the condition of being sound…

mental health awareness month 2017 - six tips from Canton's Mercy Concern
‘Profound Understanding of Reality’: What Jesus’ Teachings & Neuroscience Have in Common

“Can the reality and truth of the teachings of Jesus be validated by history, neuroscience, and personal experience? The surprising answer to this question is that they can indeed be verified without resorting to myths or mysticism which are beyond human comprehension.” — John Nadas, MD, author of The Book of Reality: the Neuroscience of…

Neuroscience of the teachings of Jesus by John Nadas MD
How the Japanese Concept of Kintsugi Can Help With Relational Loss

Often when we’ve been hurt in life, we feel broken. In our culture, if something is broken, we usually throw it away and replace it. However, the Japanese have a different approach. They practice the art of Kintsugi, which is repairing broken pottery or ceramics so that the brokenness is made beautiful. Instead of hiding your…

Kintsugi for relational loss, broken heart - Mercy Concern, Canton Ohio
Reduce Your SAD: 7 Everyday Things You Can Do to Cope

Feeling SAD? You’re not alone. About five to 10 percent of the population develops Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is different from the “winter blues.” Gail Snyder with Mercy Concern provides an overview of SAD along with seven everyday measures you can take. During the shortened days of autumn and winter, some people find themselves…

7 Everyday measures you can take to combat SAD
Making Changes For Good: Four Factors To Improve Will Power

Many people make a list of changes they want to accomplish in their lives at the beginning of the year. The changes often last for a short time before fading away, no matter how much the change is desired. A person will then think, “I just don’t have enough will power,” and feel bad until…

How to Keep New Year's Resolutions from Mercy Concern in Canton Ohio
Five Ways to Combat the Holiday Blues (and What To Do If It’s Beyond the Blues)

If you find yourself gritting your teeth when you hear Christmas carols, wanting to wring the neck of the next person who wishes you happy holidays, or feel the tears starting when you see decorations, how can you get through the season? Many people enjoy the holidays, and yet, for others, the holidays are a…

five tips to deal with holiday blues
Holiday Memories: Dealing with Loss at a Time of Joy

Everyone anticipates the holiday season differently. Some may be excited for the gathering of family and friends, while others may find the holiday season emotionally challenging. This is especially true if you’ve lost someone close to you. The absence of your loved one can be overwhelming. During the holidays, grief from loss may feel like…

Dealing with memories and grief at the holidays
Have Worries Become Anxiety? Six Questions to Ask Yourself

How do you know when it crosses the line from merely stressful to a real problem? Though it’s not always easy to tell, there are some simple questions to ask yourself. Our days are often busy, busy, busy. If you’re a parent, you may running ragged, trying to fit all the school and extra-curricular activities…

Worries Become Anxiety - Help from Mercy Concern Counseling - Canton Akron Ohio
16 To-“Do’s” For a Successful School Year for Your Child and You

It’s back-to-school time! Get tips from Mercy’s Gail Snyder, licensed professional clinical counselor, that can help you and your child make this school year as successful as possible. The first year of school for your child, as well as all the subsequent years of returning to the classroom each fall, can sometimes cause stress and…

back to school tips from licensed professional counselor, canton, akron, ohio
The Common-sense ABCs of Raising Confident, Self-assured Children

Helping a child build a solid sense of self has three simple, common-sense steps. Just remember ABC. Raising confident, self-assured children takes more than love and praise. Telling a child how wonderful and special he or she is can result in a child who is either arrogant or insecure (“Why am I so special?”). Helping a…

three ways to raise confident children - Mercy Counseling, Canton, Ohio
10 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress & Put the Season into Perspective

The media typically portray the holidays as the happiest time of the year, but rarely do our experiences match our memories or our expectations. Michele Morgart with Mercy Concern provides 10 ways you can put things into perspective and enjoy the season more. The holiday season is here, and with this time comes a variety…

10 ways to manage Christmas stress - Mercy Concern Professional Counseling Services
Four Things You Must Do to Overcome the Stress of Job Loss

When you experience the loss of a job or other, major workplace change, there are many similarities to the stages of grief and loss. Learn more about the four tasks you must complete in order to move past a painful job loss. Whenever there is a change, there is loss, and loss always brings about…

Four things to do when you lose your job - Mercy Counseling, Canton and Akron, Ohio
10 Tips on Dealing with Procrastination

Procrastination is a complicated behavior but it can be mastered. If you have a tendency to procrastinate, avoid don’t delay! Implement these tips from Michele Morgart, Mercy Concern Professional Counseling Services. The word procrastination comes from a Latin verb meaning “to put off until tomorrow.” It is not a simple problem of time management (which,…

10 tips on overcoming procrastination | canton, akron counseling services | Mercy Medical Center
Your Capacity for Resilience: 5 Habits That Help Overcome Adversity

Resilience is not magic. It’s not a “gift” or found only in certain people. All of us have the capacity to be resilient. Everyone can learn how to face the inevitable problems and troubles of life, work through them, and be strengthened by them. Life can be full of adversities, troubles, misfortune or harm.  Some…

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