emotional wellness

Dawn shares her thoughts on various topics through her Emotional Wellness column, published in the Middletown Transcript each month.


View past columns on the Middletown Transcript site or find them below.

December 28, 2013

In a few days we’ll be pulling our 2014 calendars out or for many, swiping our devices ahead into another calendar year.  We will increasingly start hearing “This year I’m going to_____” or “I’m going to stop _____”.   It is estimated that about 45% of people make at l...

November 30, 2013

“I want…”, “I wish…”, “I’ll be happy when…” 

Sound bites from a toddler? No, just statements we say or hear on a regular basis.  It’s common for many of us to focus on what is lacking or scarce, versus awareness and appreciation of what actually exists.  Gratitude is pa...

October 31, 2013

This Sunday we will turn back our clocks one hour as Daylight Savings ends. Is that a groan I heard? For many people, this change in time and the resulting early evening darkness is a prelude to a seasonal pattern of depression.  It’s not uncommon to hear people refer...

September 26, 2013

Since first stepping foot into a local domestic violence program in 1997 as an intern, October has meant more to me than cooler temperatures, pumpkins and Halloween.  More dangerous than any costumed creature is the often hidden problem of domestic violence, so it is f...

August 29, 2013

If you are a parent of a school-age child, the sounds of summer splashing, hooting and hollering are quieting down as students return to school this week and next.  For many parents, there is welcome relief but also added pressure and stressors related to the new schoo...

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