The Village Blog

We can all strive to give ourselves a little more grace
Mental Health Month is the perfect time to talk about overcoming the fear of making mistakes. Fear of failure can prevent us from trying new things, taking risks, and achieving our goals. But the truth is, everyone makes mistakes. It's a natural part of life. So, let's talk about how we can overcome [...]
How Plants Can Be Used in Therapy to Promote Healing
What is plant therapy? Plant therapy, or horticulture therapy, is the inclusion of plants into counseling sessions to aid in mental and physical healing. Humans have an ancient connection to plants, and many studies have suggested that they have a calming effect on us. What are the benefits of plant [...]
It's that time of year again that most people dread: tax season. If you're like many Americans, you're probably planning on a tax refund. Even though that boost of money feels good at the time, it's actually better to not receive a refund. When your taxes are withheld during the year, you could be [...]
The Perfect Combination for Supporting Youth
Josh Luhman jokes that he bowls for a living. His day job is actually at Hornbacher’s Village West store in Fargo, where he bags groceries, wrangles carts, and loads cars in the drive-up lane. Josh has been working at Hornbacher’s for about a decade, after a placement through Connections, a [...]
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and Seasonal Depression
The change in seasons can do more than alter the weather, it can also affect our mood. Starting in the fall and into the winter season, the days are shorter and usually less sunny. For some people, the change in season can be accompanied by a change in mood, known as seasonal depression or Seasonal [...]
Trust us. You can do this!
Finances can be challenging for anyone, but it can be tough to manage finances with ADHD. Neurodivergent brains are wired to be easily distracted, disorganized, and impulsive, making managing money daunting. However, there are ways to overcome these challenges and gain control of our financial lives [...]
Tips for Staying Sober Past the First Month of the Year
So, you took the plunge into Dry January, and you're reaping all the benefits: you have more energy, you're sleeping well, and your overall mood has increased. Continuing Dry January can keep that healthy feeling going. Here are a few tips for staying sober after the beginning of the year. Bask in [...]
How Having a Mentor Improves School and Home Life
January is National Mentoring Month! It's the perfect time to explore the impact that mentoring youth makes on their lives. You can change the lives of kids in your community by becoming a Big. Here are just a few examples of what mentorship offers to kids: Better in school Grades Attendance [...]
A Licensed Addiction Counselor Explains the Process
Substance use is something that impacts people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 10.2 percent of Americans battled a substance use disorder in 2020. That's 28.3 million people. Has a family [...]