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New year, no stress, part 2

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New year, no stress, part 2

In part 2, Pacific Medical Center Psychotherapist Chia-Wen Moon, LMHC, has some sound advice for coping with post-holiday stress, making it easier to embrace 2018 with open arms. What negative effects does stress have on the body and mind? Reversely, what positive traits can be found once this stress is treated? When

New year, no stress, part 1

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New year, no stress, part 1

Although the allure of the New Year offers a fresh slate and a chance for new beginnings, stress abounds as plans are formed, preparations are put in order and reflections are made. With the holiday season coming to a close, tensions may be shifted to the upcoming new year. Pacific

Alternative TRICARE option

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Alternative TRICARE option

The military lifestyle can be hectic; with countless obligations and a strong sense of dedication, tackling medical to-dos can take valued time out of soldiers' busy lives. Thankfully, Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) is a provider of the United States Family Health Plan (USFHP), a TRICARE Prime option based on ease,

Crescent Moon Gifts

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Crescent Moon Gifts

There's no doubt that this time of year can be stressful; the tidings of good cheer can get lost in the holiday hustle and bustle. Luckily, Tacoma's own Crescent Moon Gifts offers an incredible selection of unique gift ideas as well as a tranquil shopping experience. Located on the beloved 6th

iRest: A new frontier for healing

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iRest: A new frontier for healing

With the number of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases among military personnel on a tragic rise, methods of coping are not only welcome but imperative. Perhaps there is a silver lining: As stressors of the military lifestyle become more evident, so do the alternative therapeutic treatments available for alleviation. One such

A night to remember those we will never forget

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A night to remember those we will never forget

It's no secret the USO is one of the military's biggest allies; its constant dedication and support of servicemembers has been apparent since its establishment in 1941. Currently, USO Northwest serves more than 750,000 military and their families annually, truly living through its mission statement of "strengthening America's military service

A successful juggling act

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A successful juggling act

The paradox of balancing work, school and home life is not a new concept -- the demands of one affect the outcome of the others, creating a vortex of stress and frustration. Thankfully, the same principle applies to success; perseverance in these areas leads to a positive synergy that undoubtedly

Give it a shot

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Give it a shot

As the transition from summer break to back to school nears its completion, parents are scrambling to ensure their children are prepared for the school year ahead. Pencils? Check. Composition notebooks? Check. Immunizations? For some guardians, vaccinating their children isn't a simple task to be crossed off a to-do list.

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Staying cool during back-to-school

As summer comes to an end, children and parents are hustling to complete last-minute tasks in preparation for the upcoming academic year. In the overwhelming whirlwind of purchasing supplies, completing physicals and reevaluating bedtimes, anxiety about returning to school may settle in for youngsters. Thankfully, Pacific Medical Centers' psychotherapist in

Nocturnal: Vol. 1

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Nocturnal: Vol. 1

As the daytime heat transitions from enjoyable to unbearable, people may be tempted to return indoors and seek refuge in fans and air-conditioned establishments. Thankfully, the up-and-coming Tacoma Artists Collective (TAC) is bringing nighttime summer entertainment to the community with its immersive event Nocturnal: Vol. 1. Evident by its name, Nocturnal:

Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

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Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

When choosing the ideal bar, one must go through a mental checklist of the attributes of importance: ambiance, drink and food selection, friendliness of staff, and more. In order to hook patrons into returning, these characteristics must be met for people of all different interests and tastes. Luckily, South Tacoma

Summer skin care safety

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Summer skin care safety

Summer has finally graced Washington state with its presence, causing people to migrate outside for outdoors galore. Amid the excitement of celebratory BBQs, water park weekends and poolside lounging, it can be easy to neglect proper skin care for summertime. Thankfully, Pacific Medical Centers' dermatologist and U.S. Air Force Reserve

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Mental Matters, Part 2

The mind is a complex and cavernous place, and its health fuels emotional stability and clarity. Unfortunately, mental health is sometimes overlooked, pushed into the shadows by its physical counterpart. Often, mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are stigmatized within the military, much to the detriment of soldiers

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Mental Matters, Part 1

The mind is a complex and cavernous place, and its health fuels emotional stability and clarity. Unfortunately, mental health is sometimes overlooked, pushed into the shadows by its physical counterpart. Often, mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are stigmatized within the military, much to the detriment of soldiers

Program offers free transitional help for veterans

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Program offers free transitional help for veterans

The military life is one of routine and structure, instilling practices and values into the hearts of servicemen and women in order to represent the United States military at the highest caliber. However, the transition from military life to one of a civilian nature can sometimes prove difficult and overwhelming

Clinic turns 1

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Clinic turns 1

It's been a year since Pacific Medical Centers opened its Lakewood location, promising a special niche for military personnel in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area. It seems as though the company has delivered, as its popularity within the military community has been strong and well justified. With guaranteed same-day appointments

Calling all moms!

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Calling all moms!

Pregnancy is a time one never forgets. The nine-month period is one filled with its share of joys and torments, from the sacred "pregnancy glow" to insatiable late-night cravings and absurdly stretchable pants. For many, author Heidi Murkoff's What to Expect When You're Expecting series serves as a sort of

What knot to do for the sole

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What knot to do for the sole

At the end of the day, most soldiers can't wait to kick off their combat boots and rest their feet. If not handled or treated properly, day-to-day foot and ankle discomfort can lead to long-term inconveniences for soldiers and civilians alike. Here, Pacific Medical Centers' Gregory Grant, doctor of Podiatry

Jackpot: casino careers

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Jackpot: casino careers

For many, a night at the casino entails sparkling machines, delicious buffets and perhaps a musical performance. Behind the glitz and glamour of this highly entertainment-oriented industry are dedicated professionals who make it their mission to ensure patrons are enjoying themselves. If considering a career change or simply interested in

Experience tranquility

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Experience tranquility

Daily, hidden stressors take many forms to wreak havoc on sanity in ways that impact performance at work and at home. Thankfully, there are local businesses that help individuals unwind, re-center and take a breather from the nonsense that can throw them out of balance. Founded in 1975, Radiance Herbs and

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