Emotional Health Articles

Diablo Gazette – Find Your Inner Resources During Tough Times

October 20th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. The Coronavirus pandemic, out-of-control wildfires, and an intense election cycle are all contributing to heighten levels of anxiety and depression in many. BenefitsPRO reported that a study published in early September found depression symptoms among U.S. adults has increased threefold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from Boston […]

Diablo Gazette September 2020 Emotional Health Column – Overcoming Grief

September 15th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. Most of us have encountered life events that create grief. Perhaps it was the death of a loved one, loss of a job, end of a relationship, deteriorating health, or another life challenge. A WebMD survey conducted in 2019 found that 72% of respondents said they had […]

Diablo Gazette August 2020 Emotional Health Column – Washing Away Fears and Phobias

August 13th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. All of us have fears in our life that hold us back. What would your life be like if you could wash away your fears and phobias? Some of your fears could interfere with your effectiveness at work. For example, you may have a fear of public […]

Diablo Gazette July 2020 Emotional Health Column – When Our Desire To Help Meets Constraints

July 23rd, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. Tough times can bring out the best in us—and the coronavirus pandemic has triggered many acts of compassion. While the pandemic may have slowed things down where we can more clearly see those in need around us, it has also robbed us of certain means to act. […]

Diablo Gazette June 2020 Emotional Health Column – Disruption is an Opportunity for Beneficial Transformation

June 11th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. Disruptions in life can force us to follow paths we might not otherwise take, sometimes leading to profound and beneficial changes. We all can name things we want to do when the risks of the coronavirus have passed. We miss getting together with family and friends, eating […]

Diablo Gazette May 2020 Emotional Health Column – Ways to Cope With The Coronavirus Pandemic

May 6th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. If your stress level has exploded during the Coronavirus pandemic, you are not alone. The federal government’s Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) provides counseling to people during natural and human-caused disasters. CNN reported that In March, the helpline saw a 338% increase in call volume over February and […]

Diablo Gazette April 2020 Emotional Health Column – Tips to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 17th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. Have you found yourself consumed with the latest news on the coronavirus and its economic impact? Are you experiencing such symptoms as sleepiness, forgetfulness, a short-temper, binge-eating, and a feeling of being overwhelmed? Health experts say if anxiety and fear carry on for too long, it can […]

Diablo Gazette March 2020 Emotional Health Column – Still Time To Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

March 6th, 2020

Co-authored by Dr. Holly Holmes-Meredith and Bill Yarborough. Have your New Year’s resolutions lost steam or wilted away altogether? According to a study cited in Psychology Today, less than 20% of Americans considered themselves successful in keeping their resolutions two years later. That’s not an impressive record for an annual tradition that dates back to […]