It’s Still Winter: How to Manage the Winter Blahs

Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

For those reading this blog in the Omaha area – or surrounding areas of the Midwest – I don’t have to remind you that it is still winter. It doesn’t really feel like we’ve had that much snow this winter, but we have had bitter, bitter cold and lots and lots of wind. I actually met one of my new neighbors this winter because her garbage can ended up in my front yard after it was emptied. I live several houses away from her so it had quite a ride that day. Meeting my neighbor was nice and was one of the bright spots of this dreary, seemingly endless winter. My colleagues and I have also seen this winter take … Continue reading

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Asking for Help: A Sign of Strength

Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

The New Year has started out with a bang here at Alegent Creighton Psychiatric Associates. As I write this February blog, Alegent Creighton Psychiatric Associates is converting to a computerized system of record keeping. It’s very new for us as a Department – challenging, but very exciting. It will help providers and support staff help those we serve even better. Within a few months, nearly every aspect of Alegent Creighton Health will be on this new system. I have to take just a moment here to applaud the amazing team I have the privilege of working with every day at Alegent Creighton Psychiatric Associates AND the amazing team of computer experts who helped us go-live yesterday. Boy was I relieved … Continue reading

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Happy 2014 everyone! Today is Monday and I drove to work in sub-zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind-chill factor. This is happening all over the Midwest; many schools and businesses are closed for the day. As I sit here in my Alegent Creighton office writing my January blog, I am glad to be safe and warm. I really hope that you are safe and warm too. For so many of us, January is time of starting over, of rethinking the last year – the successes, the missed opportunities – and the new possibilities. A new year seems to invite us all to a fresh start. And, even though it’s bitter cold, new life, new energy, new possibilities are emerging. So, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Food Trends You Can Expect for 2014

Toni Kuehneman

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) completed a 2013 Food and Health Survey among Americans.  America’s interest in healthy eating is increasing.  Seeking healthy food items is driving 64% of our food choices.  Good news indeed!  Five food trends in 2014 are: 1. Protein is in the scientific news.  The IFIC survey found that 63% of consumers look at protein content when they select food items.  A protein source at each meal and snack helps to maintain energy and muscle strength especially after exercise and as we age.  Lean meats and poultry, seafood, dairy products, and plant proteins such as beans and nuts are the best sources. 2. Omega-3 fats are not new but continue to be seen as important.  … Continue reading

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Holidays and Mental Health

Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Well, we made it through Thanksgiving, and now we are on to Christmas and New Year’s, as well as many other beautiful faith-filled traditions at this time of year. Last time I wrote, we talked about a few ways to better manage the ups and downs of the holidays. Because life is busy, and the holidays just make us busier, it can be a pretty stressful time of year. This week’s blog is about many of the same things as the last blog, but more from the perspective of managing the holidays if you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health disorder. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and all other mental health disorders do not take a holiday … Continue reading

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