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The Benefits Of Decreasing Screen Time

Social media has taken our society by storm. Between 2010 and 2015 the number of teens reporting feelings of depression surged to 33 percent in large national surveys. The troubling statistics have shown social media has been linked to negative outcomes in teenagers’ lives today. Depression from social media does not discriminate, those who are privileged, those who are less fortunate, those who are black, and those who are white are all targeted and susceptible. Teenagers in today’s society are much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

Decrease Feelings of Depression

All signs point to the screens. In a study preformed by the Pew Research Center, teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely than those who spent less than an hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making suicide plan or attempting suicide). Spending more time on social media led to unhappiness, while unhappiness did not lead to more social media use. Time on social media takes time away from other activities that could be more beneficial to your child.

Promote Social Interaction

Children benefit from limited screen time immensely. Social interaction increases in person, which is one of the deepest wellsprings of human happiness. Feeling socially isolated is a major risk factor for suicide. In person activities benefit mental health, so it’s important to limit time spent on social media to promote this behavior.

A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s no shock that teens are spending less time sleeping. But, phones could be a culprit. It’s reported that teens who spend more time on their phones are more likely to not be getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep is also a major risk factor for depression. Getting the right amount of sleep benefits your heart and your mind. Teens who reported getting an adequate number of hours of sleep also reported an improvement in grades and sharpness in attention. They also reported lower stress levels and lower levels of anxiety. Limiting screen time for teens has numerous benefits that definitely need to be taken into consideration.

Depression and suicide have many causes such as family environments, genetic predisposition, and bullying. However, some teens become vulnerable who would otherwise not have had mental health issues. Teens can easily fall victim to feelings of depression due to too much screen time, not enough face-to-face social interaction, inadequate sleep, or a combination of all three.


Battling Eating Disorders Over the Holidays

The holidays bring in joy and laughter with loved ones, family, and friends. For most people, the highlight of the holiday season is the meal that comes with the celebration. But, for those battling an eating disorder through the holiday season, it leaves little room for joy or gratitude. Family and social gatherings with food laden tables can be scary, stressful, and uncharted territory for a person suffering from an eating disorder.

While others indulge in copious amounts of food and stuff their faces to the point of discomfort, those in recovery are fighting these triggers. Although overeating during the holidays is an unhealthy habit even for “normal eaters,” it is a dangerous land mine for a person with an ED. It’s all too common for those to experience an increase in ED symptoms as the holiday approaches. We’ve put together some tips to allow yourself to enjoy the holiday rather than live in anxiety and fear during the celebration.

  • Before the holidays, meet with your treatment team and identify the difficulties you may face and come up with problem solving strategies for dealing with them
  • Try to stick with your registered meal plan
  • Remove the focus from the food
  • Make a list of things you can do to distract yourself after the meal (go for a walk with a friend, read a book, watch a holiday movie)
  • Refrain from “diet talk”
  • Be aware!
  • Try not to count calories and try to avoid weighing yourself on a scale
  • If you end up giving into your ED, don’t beat yourself up about it, put it behind you and move forward and meet with your treatment team to get back on track
  • Make sure to plan something that you enjoy, because it is very important to take care of yourself during the holidays

This Sandwich Is Perfect To Add To Your Fall Recipes!

As cooler weather starts to set in we love incorporating fall food items into recipes! Apples are the perfect fall fruit ingredient to add to dishes. Here’s the solution to that warm and gooey fall comfort food you’ve been looking for.

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Apple-Cheddar Chicken Melts
Cuisine American, Fall
Cuisine American, Fall
  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven, place a baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Spread the butter evenly on one side of each of the 8 slices of bread. Spread the honey mustard on the opposite side of 4 slices of the bread.
  3. Using oven mitts, carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven. Place all the bread slices, butter-side down, on the baking sheet. Evenly distribute the shredded chicken among the mustard-spread bread slices, then distribute the cheese on the remaining 4 bread slices.
  4. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the slaw.
  5. Combine the apple, Brussels sprouts, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the bread slices with the chicken to a cutting board. Evenly distribute the apple and Brussel sprouts slaw over the chicken. Place the remaining bread slices cheese-side down on top of the slaw to close each sandwich. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.
Recipe Notes

Make Ahead: The slaw can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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