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Will’s Green Leprechaun Smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day, First Grade!

Years ago, my son had a wonderful first grade teacher. She was creative and kind. The kids all loved her! During St. Patrick’s week, she told her classroom that they might see tiny, happy leprechauns about! She left out some nickels for the leprechauns.  The children were all very excited about this and kept watching to see if a leprechaun might come to collect the nickels!  One morning, when the children came in,  the nickels were gone but, there were sparkles on the floor in a trail!  Wow! The leprechauns must’ve come that night and left their trail of glitter!

My 6 year old son was quite intrigued by this whole leprechaun thing. He came home and asked me if we could leave out some coins to see if we could lure a leprechaun. Plus, he extrapolated upon this project. He   decided he could catch the leprechuan in the act. He proceeded to make a leprechaun trap out of a cardboard box. He figured if he put a quarter under an upside down box propped up with a stick, with a string attached, well, the leprechaun would come to get the coin, trip the stick and just happen to caught under the box! Read the rest of this entry »

Improve Your Mental Health with MindBody Changes!

I believe cultivating the habits of thought and action that nurtures mental health is an ongoing, life-long, learning process.  I love being a licensed counselor. I believe in professional therapy. I have studied the research and personally seen the positive results of professional counseling for over 17 years. And there are lots of things you can do yourself outside the therapy room and outside the mental health profession to have a positive impact on your mental health.

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Craniosacral is Your Body Talking

 

People ask me to explain craniosacral to them all the time.

Craniosacral is your body talking to you

Touch modalities synthesize feelings of physical pain and emotional distress. Massage has been shown in numerous studies from researchers such as Tiffany Field, Ph.D. of the Touch Institute to elevate mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and promote the relaxation response.

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EMDR: Tapping in for Self Healing a Broken Heart

(IStock) EMDR Healing a Broken Heart

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well researched therapy used to treat trauma and strong emotional states.  There are several components to EMDR.

Identify Positive Emotional Resources

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Mindfulness Everyday – Serenity Meditation

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, quiet your thoughts. Sometimes when you’re just beginning mindfulness practice, your mind isn’t used to being quiet. Your mind has lots of thoughts rushing in.  Just imagine them as waves moving about. Be gentle with yourself. It takes time to habituate  your mind to calmness, just as it takes time to build a muscle at the gym.

Imagine being in a peaceful place.  It could be a place you know or one from your wonderful imagination. Be aware of the sounds around you. Sounds can be distracting when we try to block them out, so acknowledge the sounds and be at peace with them. Visualize any cares or worries gently drifting away.

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Line A Day – Journal and Record Memories with Convenient App!

When we hear the word “journal,” the first thing that often comes to mind is “time consuming” or “habit.”  In many cases, we associate the term “habit” with something negative, however, when it comes to journaling, it is a positive habit that we should all adopt.  Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to journaling, very few people take the time to sit down for just a few minutes every day and reflect on their day.  This is because they think it takes too much time, it is hard to get into the habit of doing so, or because they think it is hard to keep all of their memories in one place.  That is where Line A Day comes in.

Created by a University of Maryland student, Line A Day is a journal-like mobile app with group sharing and media features.  With Line A Day, you have the ability to remember anything and everything from your day in a simple and user-friendly application.  Whether it is a highlight, a memorable quote, a deep thought, a line from a story, or really anything, this unique app enables you to remember and capture that moment.  The best part is that by using the app for only a few minutes a day, your memories will last forever.  With Line A Day, there are endless possibilities.  Each day, users have the ability to capture the moment and reflect on their thoughts and feelings by adding text, pictures, voice recordings and saving a location.  Users even have the opportunity to keep their entries private to themselves, or they can choose to share them in small groups of family and friends.

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5 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein

For you to be considered healthy, you have to eat 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of your body weight. Bodybuilders and athletes, on the other hand, require around 2 grams of protein for every kilogram of their body weight. But in the case of vegetarians, they usually have trouble in getting the suggested protein amount that the body needs. Although there are a lot of good substitutes for meat available on the market right now, many of them are highly process, with some containing harmful ingredients. The best protein rich foods for vegetarians are those that are either unprocessed or minimally processed. Protein plays a crucial role in supporting your body for it to function properly. It also stimulates red blood cells productions and promotes the repair and growth of body tissue.

To help you get your require protein amount while following your vegetarian diet, here are some foods that you might want to add to your meal plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Wordless Wednesday – Cute Dog Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Poodles – Dolly and Sammy

Holistic Sleep: CBT-I is an Integrative Approach to Insomnia

Sleep disturbances are one of the most common reasons for people to visit their primary care physician. Their sleep is not refreshing, they can’t fall asleep, or they have night-time or early morning awakenings, they say.

The lack of restorative sleep results in work deficits, feelings of exhaustion, mental health consequences of depression and anxiety, and actual anxieties and fears about going to bed!

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Psychological Benefits of Dogs!

When you meet someone who owns a dog, you might think that they are simply dog-lovers, and you may very well be right.  After all, these days, what reason could there be to own a pet other than because you simply like pets? But why might that person actually like dogs in particular? There are many things that a dog does for you beyond just, well, being a dog, and everyone gets something different out of their relationship with their dog. Determining what you want to get out of a relationship with a dog is the first and most important step in the going-from-not-dog-owner-to-dog-owner process.

How a Dog Can Change You

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