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October 23, 2017

Mid-Semester Blues

With the excitement of the new school year starting to dwindle, some people get the mid-semester blues. How do you prevent the mid-semester blues from getting worse?

Your Responses

  1. I get so tired now that it is dark out so early. Any tips on helping to keep my energy up? Especially with the end of semester coming up and tests.

    Posted on November 13, 2017 @ 9:12 am by Anonymous
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      When it’s dark early, we don’t get as much sun as we need! Cold and snow also don’t help! This is when we really need to start to find balance since our environment won’t offer it to us! Take a look at our page on achieving balance HERE to get you thinking about how to find balance in your thoughts and in your day. Get outside as much a possible even if it’s cold, as nature can really help our mood!

      Posted on December 14, 2017 @ 3:34 pm
  2. I often feel like I hit a wall around November between school starting and the holidays. In the past I have not done anything and it doesn’t feel good to keep feeling down. Last year I started doing yoga when it got cold and dark out and I tried meditation for the first time. These things seemed to help make the transition to winter break come faster!

    Posted on November 01, 2017 @ 1:42 pm by Anonymous
    • Dr. Herman replies...

      You are not alone! Many teens get the winter blues and feel burnt out from school this time of year. I’m glad you found a few ways to stay centered including yoga and meditation. Check out Mindfulness techniques HERE as well! Try also keeping a gratitude journal, get your body moving, and stay connected with friends and family…in person! If you feel really down then it’s time to seek professional help. Talk to a trusted adult who can help connect you to a doctor or therapist.

      Posted on December 14, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

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The Change to Chill™ Chat Q&A is presented for information only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others. If you are in need of help, please contact a crisis clinic or a qualified mental health care provider.

Lisa Herman, LP, PsyD

I am a doctor of psychology and licensed psychologist, specializing in child and teen psychology, and a consultant for a grant-funded substance abuse program at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Best part of my work: The moment(s) when a patient realizes that they made progress!

Why I became a ­­­­­­psychologist: I always found myself glued to the TV when the psychologist was on a talk show. Helping others has been a passion for me since I was in high school.

What I tell my friends and family: Focus on “what is” and find the positive in any situation.

What patients say about me: I smile a lot and that people feel comfortable opening up during therapy.