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Is Social Media Dragging You Down? Dr. Julie Hanks on KSL’s Studio 5

Is Social Media Dragging You Down? Dr. Julie Hanks on KSL’s Studio 5

The original purpose of social media is to connect us, and yet for many women, looking in on others’ lives can leave us feeling inferior, jealous, isolated, or dissatisfied. So how can we put all these posts and pictures in perspective when we seem to get discouraged by them? There’s been quite a bit of research done on how social media affects us psychologically and emotionally. Here are a few tips to help you if you find that it’s dragging you down:

1. Be Intentional & Interact Directly

Studies have shown that always consuming, or simply binge reading and looking at picture after picture online can negatively impact you. I encourage you to instead intentionally research, seek out information, and connect with people in your life. Engage more and be purposeful; don’t just mindlessly scroll through your feed to fill time.

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Five Real Life Skills for High Tech Kids: Dr. Julie Hanks Studio 5

We live in a technology-saturated world, and our kids are often more adept at the newest gadgets than we are! I’ve found that parents are sometimes weary about the newest developments in the tech world. But these are the times we live in, and the internet will never go away. The online world can improve our lives or it can distance us, so I invite adults to embrace the good it can bring. However, there are certain skills that our children may be (somewhat) lacking in how to function and have relationships in a non-virtual way. Here are 5 real life skills for high-tech kids.

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How to Reduce Mom Guilt: Dr. Julie Hanks on KSL’s Studio 5

5 Ways to Reduce Mom GuiltMoms have a lot to do, and we often take pride in accomplishing tasks and checking items off of our to-do lists. But when we don’t achieve what we set out to, unfortunately we can beat ourselves up (this happens particularly during changes and chapter endings, such as summer winding down and kids heading back to school). It seem to be human nature to focus on what we didn’t get done, but focusing on our shortcomings (perceived or real) can lead to great unhappiness and emotional distress. Here are 5 ways to resolve mom guilt:

1) Stop the Cycle of Comparison 

Theodore Roosevelt wrote that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I recently found myself comparing my family’s summer plans with those of some of my friends and wishing that we had done more. Thankfully, I was able to catch myself and simple say, “Stop It!” Social media makes it all too easy to compare our lives with others, but every person and every family is different, and there is something empowering about owning your own life and experience for what it is (click here for a past Studio 5 segment on avoiding comparison).

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@Julie_Hanks Named Top Mental Health Experts on Twitter

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Can 140 characters really make a difference? A recent article by a top medial software company Capterra listed their top 33 mental health experts to follow on Twitter…and I made the list.

Here’s an expert from the article.

Over 280 million people use Twitter regularly, and they each spend 170 minutes per month on the social sharing service.

 

That adds up to a lot of time and energy invested into 140 characters or less, but it also means there’s some great, unique and authoritative voices on Twitter sharing some really awesome things.

 

This is especially true in the mental and behavioral health space, where not only individuals, but organizations, institutes, and departments are busy tweeting the most interesting news and thoughts on treating and understanding mental illness. Read 33 Mental Health Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter

I’m honored to be listed among such a prestigious group!

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Are You Self-Aware or Self-Absorbed?: Julie Hanks, LCSW on Studio 5

We each have a long list of personal responsibilities: our finances, careers, bodies, families, etc. It’s critical to be aware of our lives and our needs. But when does self-awareness become self-obsession? Do we think about ourselves too much?  Here’s how to determine if you’re self-aware or self-absorbed:

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This Week At WFT 4/7/14

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 Christine Holding presenting at The 2014 Generations Conference

Monday, April 7th, 2:30 pm

Christine Holding, AMFT will join Jack Boden, CMHC at the 2014 Generations Conference. Presentations topics include Emotionally Focused Therapy and Lifespan Integration. This is a conference for mental health professionals.

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Wasatch Named Top Marriage and Family Therapy Websites

Wasatch Named Top Marriage and Family Therapy Websites

Mastersincounseling.org created a list of the top 100 sites that they find helpful in marriage and family therapy. They included Wasatch Family Therapy among those sites that offer information related to the field of marriage and family therapy and those that offer helpful content for readers.

Here’s what they had to say:

With an eye-catching website and lush amounts of content, Wasatch Family Therapy makes for an engaging stop to figure out how to live happily and work through issues in the spirit of unity. They’ve been recognized nationally for their contributions and have been featured on some of the most notable websites in the country.

If you’d like to see the other sites included in this list please visit Mastersincounseling.org

To schedule with one of our Marriage and Family Therapists

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@Julie_Hanks Named Top 10 Social Workers on Twitter

MSWOnlinePrograms.org recently gave me a shout out as one of the 101 best #SocialWork Twitter accounts to follow…

I was named #10!

#10 @Julie_Hanks

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Julie Hanks is a mental health expert with a strong online presence. She blogs on private practice, mental health, relationships, is owner of @WasatchFamily, and author of The Burnout Cure.

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Read the full list of #socialworkers to follow here

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Julie’s Media Tips Featured on SocialWorkersSpeak.org

Wasatch’s Julie Hanks was recently featured in an article on Social Workers Speak.org. The organization was impressed with the coverage Ms. Hanks garnered in the national media during the month of May, including the Wall Street Journal, Fox and Friends News and Cosmopolitan. Julie’s interview with Social Workers Speak highlights the value of a media presence and offers tips and suggestions for social workers who would like to share their expertise with reporters. Her tips include getting on the web, creating consistent content, using video, pitching local media outlets, and embracing social media.

 

Read Julie’s Interview here

 

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Taking Mental Health Therapy Online: Julie Hanks Interview with WCG

bossWasatch Family Therapy director Julie Hanks, LCSW participated as a paneist on an online therapy presentation at South By Southwest conference last weekend in Austin, TX. Adam Pedowitz of WCG, a health care communications company,  interviewed Hanks on the benefits that online resources may have for mental health patients. Julie discusses educating the public regarding mental health matters and the benefits that an online presence can have for practitioners. Here are a few highlights…

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