The new year is often a time of setting resolutions and making goals for the coming year. But that puts a lot of pressure on this time of year! And we’ve seen in the last two years that even the more carefully attended plans...
Imagine yourself more like rings of a tree–each year we add onto who we already are, but those younger versions of ourselves stay right there inside of us.
So what can you do to connect with your inner child this winter?
Anxiety is so often taking us out of the present moment, and trying to force our brains to fixate on things we can’t see, feel, touch, or control in anyway. But mindfulness helps to allow us to release those anxious thoughts instead of following them down the rabbit hole, and refocus on our present moment.
Luckily for us, kids are excellent learners–and they want to learn. Their brains are ready to absorb all of the new information they can. And storytelling is a great way to get kids engaged and excited about learning. It stimulates their imagination and helps them to develop creative thinking skills and empathy. So, if you’re looking for a place to start teaching your child about mental health, check out these children’s books!
Teens are balancing a lot! Not only do they need to manage their school work, but they may also have sports, clubs, part time jobs, volunteer work, internships, family or household responsibilities–and on top of that they still also need time for a social life, and to rest. How can you help your teen manage their stress?
It’s the day before your scheduled therapy session, and you’ve had a great week! So when you start to think about what you want to talk about in session and you can’t come up with anything, does that mean you should cancel?
ERP, or Exposure and Response Prevention, is a type of therapy that is commonly used to treat OCD. ERP has actually been shown to be an incredibly effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with medication.
While the way obsessive compulsive disorder presents in children isn’t totally separate from the way it presents in adults, there are some unique ways it shows up in children to be aware of. Especially since, unlike adults, children may not be able to recognize when a thought is irrational or obsessive.
Play is something we tend to think of as being for children only, but really anyone with a brain can benefit from play. Play can help release hormones that lower stress, facilitate happiness, prevent depression, and even improve your cognitive abilities. Some studies even show that regularly making time for play can improve your physical health by lowering your risk for heart disease.
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