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This week, California aligned with the federal government in cutting isolation restrictions for those who catch coronavirus. Top U.S. health officials dramatically altered isolation restrictions that have been in place for two years on Monday. Those who catch the coronavirus will now only need to isolate for five days instead of 10, with similarly shortened quarantine times for those who are exposed.

News of Omicron arrived just as we were heading into what we hoped would be a more relaxed and festive holiday season. And while we don’t know yet how deadly the new variant will prove to be, it has already taken a toll by plunging us back into uncertainty. How to stay positive and manage stress...

One December day, around the time I turned 5, my mother sat me down and gently informed me that there was no Santa Claus; she’d decided to become a Jehovah’s Witness, she explained, and we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas anymore. I don’t recall being especially troubled by this bombshell at the time, and skipping out on holiday celebrations became my childhood norm.

How will you help spread the word or give back during Universal Human Rights Month? From volunteering to helping advocate and spread awareness, there are so many ways to get involved.

Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.

Every day, for 10 years now, I have had soft visual hallucinations and perceptual distortions — essentially every few seconds. These perceptual abnormalities come as part of my life with the rare neurological disorder, Alice in Wonderland syndrome. I have seen patches of my skin change color, auras float around people’s bodies, ghost-trails of people pass by as they walk across a room, and large patches of the sky change color.

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. Life is short,  remember to tell the ones you love just how much you love them—and do it often. There are  many ways you can show your friends and family that you love them. You could send a note, a text, run an errand for them or surprise them with homemade goodies. Think about something you know they would like and then shower them with love. 

It’s time to put your mental health first. When you do so, you can also begin to help those around you prioritize their mental health. Please note that while there are simple ways to boost your mood highlighted in this article, please seek the guidance of a licensed professional to help you make the best plan of care for your personal needs. We hope these tips and tricks help you with your everyday focus on mental clarity and health!

I think we can all agree that a year and a half into an unprecedented viral pandemic, nobody is exactly thriving. Every human on earth is bearing the burden of extra restrictions, extreme isolation, and increased fear and grief. The suffering has been widespread and universal. No one is exempt; no one has been unscathed. As a species, we’ve seen better days.

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