Articles by Timberline Knolls Staff

How Does COVID-19 Affect Women’s Mental Health?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, women now face additional stressors that can diminish their mental wellness. From increased home responsibilities to loss of employment and compromised health, many women are vulnerable to developing mental health conditions that can lessen their quality of life. For some women, increased childcare responsibilities have put enormous pressure on their shoulders. … Read More

Tips for Maintaining Recovery in Uncertain Times

Stress and isolation are risk factors for addiction. These experiences can also undermine a person’s efforts to remain in recovery after they’ve received treatment for a substance use disorder. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact families and communities throughout the nation, almost everyone is dealing with elevated stress levels and a sense of being … Read More

Be Gentle with Yourselves

As the Chaplain for Timberline Knolls, I have the unique opportunity of meeting people from a variety of circumstances and accompanying them on their spiritual journey. These journeys traverse the paths of spiritual highs and lows. In the heights of spiritual connectedness residents feel empowered, joyous, hopeful and happy. In the lows of spiritual connectedness … Read More

Mothers on Edge

“I can’t do this anymore.”  “I am mommied out.”   “There’s no way I can cope with all of this.”   Have any mothers among us not said or thought these words? They’re usually followed by the guilt and possible shame of not doing enough for our families. Because we can never do enough, right?   Last on any to-do list is us.   Stressors we experience every day: time demands (there’s never enough time); … Read More

Self-Care During Trying Times

Days seem particularly dark of late.  We are living through a pandemic, severe social injustice, civil rights violations and loss of jobs and businesses. This undoubtedly is affecting many of us in different ways; physically, emotionally, financially, changes to our community and how we communicate, just to name a few. Here are some suggestions to … Read More

In Times of Elevated Stress, Staying Connected Is Essential to Remaining in Recovery

For individuals who are in recovery from a substance use disorder, the ability to recognize and avoid triggers can be an essential skill. But no matter how hard you work or how diligently you prepare, sometimes it’s impossible to remove yourself from situations or experiences that threaten your sobriety. For example, we know that excessive … Read More

The COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis Is Coming. Help Is Already Here.

As we continue to practice social distancing and attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus is on protecting our physical health and preventing an overwhelming toll on many of our medical and surgical hospitals.  But as new cases diminish, effective treatments become reality, and – eventually – a vaccine becomes available, there will … Read More

Connection: Now Is the Time

I am an introvert in the truest sense of the word. I hate small talk, love deep and meaningful conversation, thrive on my alone time, and have a very vivid thought life. While I am very much a “people person” and have chosen a field of work in which I am interpersonally engaged all day long, … Read More