Light Therapy for the Winter Blues

We don’t have to state the obvious and tell you that it’s dark in the Pacific Northwest much of the winter. If the lack of sunshine has you feeling blue, you might benefit from light therapy. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is common in northern latitudes....

Create a Nurturing Home Environment This Winter

If you haven't already packed away your string of lights, you might consider using them to add some light to the dark month of January. Did you know that while we're gaining minutes of sun, twilight is shorter. That's why it's not feeling any lighter--yet. Since...

Tips for Managing Holiday Expectations

This article originally appeared on Behind the Curtain from the 5th Avenue Theater. Premera Blue Cross Case Manager Andrea Donovan-DuPont, a licensed social worker, shares with us tips for handling a physically distanced holiday season.   Even in “normal” years, the holidays can be stressful. Finding perfect...

50 Ways to Feel Connected Without a Screen

The holiday season is here and with it comes a desire to connect with friends, family, or anyone outside our household! We could probably also stand to take a break from our devices (eye strain is a real concern). Here are a 50 ways to feel...

Finding Comfort in Creative Projects

With both winter weather and new pandemic restrictions limiting our movements outside the home, indoor activities must take over. Prolonged separation from friends, work colleagues, and extended family can create stress and anxiety that needs somewhere to go, however. Exercise is a necessary stress reliever,...

Wellness Retreats Have Gone Virtual–and They Aren’t Bad!

This year has caused many of us to experience spikes in anxiety. Divisive politics, social unrest, rising unemployment, and the star of our show—the pandemic—has spurred stress. Exercise and self-care are smart approaches to mitigating anxiety and depression with or without the added pressures of 2020....