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News and Articles2023-03-14T13:01:29+00:00

Can ADHD Cause Depression and Anxiety?

Mental health disorders often occur alongside a broad spectrum of other mental and physical health conditions. For many individuals, emotional instability can manifest in other parts of the body, producing symptoms that—on the surface—may seem unrelated to the original diagnosis. This is especially true for those suffering from attention-deficit [more]

How to Deal with Stress at Work

Workplace stress does more than kill productivity. It also wrecks your employee’s health. Studies link workplace stress to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Workplace stress impacts mental health by increasing anxiety, burnout, and depression.  Stress can also feed on itself, increasing over time—when [more]

Wellness Strategies To Overcome Anxiety and Depression

What causes depression and anxiety? What is the difference between anxiety and depression? How can you help someone cope with anxiety and depression? If you are struggling with anxiety and depression, you should know that you are not alone and how you feel is not permanent. Many people overcome [more]

Can a “Sunbath” Cheer you Up

Sunlight is vital to nearly all living things, us included. Aside from giving warmth and light, the sun nourishes us with essential nutrients that our bodies need to function. A lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to complications with your health and even affect your mood and outlook. While [more]

Poppy Life Care Voted 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit

We are honored to share with you that Poppy Life Care has again been ranked as one of the top-rated nonprofits by GreatNonProfits, the premiere online platform for nonprofits that features ratings and reviews of over 1 million different charitable organizations. The 2022 Top-Ranked Nonprofit award was granted to organizations [more]

Sweet It Up with Honey

Honey is getting a lot of buzz these days. It’s a syrupy liquid that honeybees make from plant nectar. Beloved worldwide for its sweetness and depth of flavor, honey is used in many foods and recipes. The smell, color, and taste of different kinds of honey can vary greatly and [more]

Spice it Up- Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and turmeric are two healthy-food rock stars. They are two types of flowering plants and two of the most extensively studied ingredients in herbal medicine. Interestingly, both have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, ranging from migraines to chronic inflammation and fatigue. Both have also [more]

Aromatherapy for Depression

Picture it, that calming feeling of a stress-free environment. With our busy lifestyles, it seems that this is unachievable with the hustle and bustle of work and family. Did you know that 16 million Americans deal with some sort of Depression from major depression to seasonal effective disorder? Depression is [more]

Helping Kids Cope With Grief

By C.B. Fosbrink It’s a tough conversation. Grief. Grief is difficult for adults to deal with, especially if the death of someone you love is unexpected. Unfortunately, approximately 2.5 million people pass annually, leaving on average five people grieving the loss (Krull, 2020). The most difficult time, experts suggest, is [more]

Do Men Experience “PMS”?

By Shelly Xu Although most people now accept that women and men have “male” and “female” hormones, it is more difficult to accept that men also have hormonal cycles. According to endocrinologist Dr. Estelle Ramey, professor at Georgetown University Medical School, “The evidence of them may be less dramatic, but [more]

Feeling Fidgety, try an Anxiety Ring

by C.B. Fosbrink According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common mental illness which affects 40 million adults (2021). It is a fear of worrying, nervousness or feeling uneasy, specifically in certain situations. There are ways to relieve the effects of anxiety such as [more]

Returning to In-Person School for Kids with Autism

Going back to school can already be difficult for children on the spectrum but with the return of in-person school, this school year may be especially difficult. Many children on the spectrum have trouble adjusting to change and this year will be full of it. Here are some steps you [more]

ADHD and Emotions: Helping Your Child Build Emotional Resilience

When thinking of ADHD symptoms, most people think of attention problems and fidgetiness. They don’t often think of trouble regulating emotions. Dr. Russell Barkley explains that scientifically, people with ADHD cannot regulate their emotions like neurotypical people can. They struggle with the mental processes known as executive functions. In the [more]

Autism Just Is

In an article published by The Guardian in 2019 Ellen Jones describes the way autism is represented in popular media. In reference to shows like Atypical on Netflix, she writes: What we are seeing in mainstream media is not a true reflection of autism. We are, instead, seeing what neurotypical [more]

Relaxation Kits for Kids: Keeping it in Perspective

Every adult experiences it: stress with friends, family, life changes or general daily anxieties. Research tells us, as adults, to meditate, journal or even yoga our troubles away. And most adults do recognize and figure out the strategies that work the most effectively for themselves, and may even not need [more]

Is Your Food Killing You?

Every day your body absorbs thousands of toxins from consumed meals. These can be added chemicals, natural toxins, or toxins that have been modified in some way. You may have heard claims that some common foods or ingredients might be toxic, too. And particularly when consumed frequently, the excess of [more]

Anxiety in Teenagers: Pushing past the Fear

Remember the age old saying “If you are nervous, picture your audience in their underwear”? It’s common to have the feelings of palms sweating or quick breathing, but are these isms attributed to nervousness or something deeper? The distress of a new situation, one that you fear or worry about [more]

Top Calorie Tracking Apps to Start a New Lifestyle

by Shely Xu, Poppy Life Care Nutritional Program Manager While any successful weight loss method comes down to eating fewer calories and increasing physical activity, many experts and scientific studies point to counting and keeping track of calories as one of the best ways to commit to not only losing the extra [more]

Have a Healthy Halloween!

by Shelly Xu, Poppy Life Care Nutritional Program Manager Halloween is usually a fun day full of costumes, imagination and, of course, tons of candy. The COVID-19 pandemic may mean Halloween will look very different this year; however, there are still some low-risk ways to make your at-home party fun [more]

Foods to Cheer You Up

by Shelly Xu, Poppy Life Care Nutritionist Program Manager When you’re feeling down, it can be tempting to turn to food to lift your spirits. However, the sugary, high-calorie treats that many people crave have negative consequences. On the other hand, certain foods have been shown to improve brain health [more]

Taking Yourself To College

by Martin Villa You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “College isn’t for everyone,” and if you’re someone who is neurodiverse or has a learning disability, maybe you think that’s true for you. But whether you are an A student or a student for whom nothing about getting an education has [more]

The Dangers of Fad Dieting

by Martin Villa In popular culture, fad dieting refers to trendy, weight-loss methods that promise fast and easy results —at the risk of malnutrition or other mental and physical negative effects. These diets typically last a few weeks; not necessarily appealing to people’s desire to stay healthy, but a vain [more]

Poppy Life Care Named Top-Rated Nonprofit Two Years Running

by Martin Villa Newport Beach, CA (August 28, 2020) – For the second year in a row, Poppy Life Care has been named among the Top-Rated Nonprofits by GreatNonprofits, a leading website featuring reviews and comments on more than 1 million charities and nonprofit organizations. The 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit award [more]

Listen to IEPCA Podcast with our founder, Erica Solis

Recently, Poppy Life Care Founder and Executive Director, Erica Solis was featured on Inclusive Educational Project's IEPCA podcast, during which she talked about her transition from the business world to the non-profit world and how her personal experiences fueled her passion to create Poppy Life Care. The show highlights PLC's [more]

Activity Program Introduces “Remote Recess” for Children

by Martin Villa Newport Beach, CA (May 18, 2020) – Poppy Life Care has partnered with Pure Game to help impact children’s physical and mental health through the power of play. Pre-recorded “Remote Recess” videos are now featured on Poppy Life Care’s website, where customers can easily view and perform [more]

Meditation Misconceptions

by Martin Villa You can meditate while you do those tasks! The basis of mindfulness meditation is simply paying attention, on purpose. This makes it a good fit for integrating into other daily tasks such as taking a shower, walking your dog or cleaning up around the house. For more [more]

Staying Connected while Staying at Home

by Martin Villa Staying at home, while currently necessary, doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t even have to feel like a waste of time. Think of this as an opportunity to learn more about your kids and find a better way to connect with them. Or simply, improve yourself! [more]

How Reconnecting with Yoga Led to a More Peaceful Life

by Martin Villa Lori Lipke, a registered yoga instructor at Poppy Life Care Poppy Life Care yoga instructor Lori Lipke was 18 years old when she first practiced yoga. Although she did not understand yoga, she enrolled in class, attended some sessions, but she did not come back. Years later, [more]

Reducing Anxiety Through Therapeutic Gardening

by Martin Villa There is nothing more anxiety-inducing than change – especially when change is thrust upon us by circumstances largely out of our control. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the entire world in just a few short months, and it’s likely that things will continue to change for months [more]

What a 6-year-old’s Question Revealed about ASD Prevalence

EnteDerek’s elementary school welcomed families to their annual event, Lunch With A Loved One, on October 17th 2019. The event provided an opportunity for parents to share lunch with their children in small picnic settings. Although not explicitly suggested, in the most effective use of the event, parents were also [more]


Decide whether your child trick-or-treats with a blue basket. While some autism organizations are encouraging the use of the blue baskets so autistic children don’t have to go through the “who are you in that costume?” questionnaire at trick-or-treating houses, the blue basket also restricts children from a good socializing [more]