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Musical Instruments as an Oulet

We know how powerful music can be in growth and development, and even as a therapy tool. We use The Listening Program to help train the brain to perform in a desired way during specific environments. Perhaps learning to play a musical instrument will benefit you as creative outlet and therapeutic tool.

If you’re interested in pursuing this creative outlet, we have a great list of resources for you.

This site will help you find online resources for all levels and various instruments: http://bit.ly/2Dxq3dW

You can take this quiz to find out which instrument might be the best fit for you, but don’t be afraid to step outside whatever your answer is. You never know until you try: http://bit.ly/2FXrvnW

If you’re worried about performance anxiety, this link is for you! The Bulletproof Musician has 7 steps to overcome music anxiety. Spoiler alert, it is a lot of mindfulness techniques. http://bit.ly/2DsFo08

January is the International Month of Creativity, why not cross an item off your list and learn something new that will double as a creative outlet.

To learn more about how The Listening Program has helped many work through symptoms that had previously kept them from living their most successful lives, click here.

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January is Creativity Month!

January is the International Month of Creativity! Using a creative outlet is a natural way to de-stress. Finding an outlet, is the tricky part. How do you know what you’re good at? Do you have to be good to pursue a creative dream? The answer is: follow your own lead. Chances are you already have a decent idea on what you might be interested in. Look around your home, your desk, your wardrobe. Here are 6 tips on finding your creative outlet:

 

  1. Start small- Don’t jump in with both feet right away. Introduce yourself slowly to the method.

  2. Find a group- What better way to explore your topic than to find like-minded individuals. This can be online or in person.

  3. Watch videos- Youtube is a tremendous resource. Don’t get sucked down the data rabbit hole; stay focused.

  4. Remember everyone starts somewhere- Professionals didn’t happen overnight. Have patience.

  5. Explore similar topics- Maybe painting isn’t for you, but a similar idea is pencil work. Explore similar concepts to find the one that fits just right.

  6. There is no such thing as perfection- What feels right to you may not for someone else. That’s the best part about creativity; it is yours. You don’t need the validation of others for it to feel good to you.

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9 Family Fun Activities

Although fairer weather may seem like the easier choice for activities to connect with your family, the winter has a lot to offer too. If you can’t get outdoors, we have a great list of family friendly activities for you, to help you and your family connect during these shorter and darker days.

  1. Paint a the snow with water guns that have dyed water.

  2. Cut out paper snowflakes- you can even use tissue paper!

  3. Clear away snow from small areas in the grass and make a twister game or hopscotch in the snow.

  4. Sew or glue the opening of old clothes and stuff with either more clothes that don’t fit, or stuffing materials, and make a snuggle buddy

  5. Blanket forts!

  6. Bingo- Make bingo cards with things of certain shapes or colors inside the house.

  7. Turn off the lights, close the blinds, make popcorn and watch a movie in the living room.

  8. Bundle up and go for a walk. The sun goes down early, it’s like a whole new neighborhood after dark.

  9. Pull out all your leftover craft supplies and make something unique. Bonus points if it is holiday based.

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Surviving the Holidays for Parents

For expectant and new parents, the holidays can take on a new meaning. Watching the joy your children experience is fantastic, but it can also come with some added stress. Below are a few tips to help you keep the HAPPY in your Holidays:

  • Take a look at your expectations. If you are hoping for the holiday season to go perfectly, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, aim for success on a smaller scale.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Children are notoriously cranky on big holidays and can become overwhelmed. This often sets parents up for disappointment. Try spreading out your holiday festivities over the whole season – this will give you and your family a chance to enjoy time together and create memories outside of the pressures of the actual holiday.
  • Create new family traditions. This is your chance to develop holiday traditions that feel right for your family and are based on what you and your children can handle.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Take extra special care of yourself. This means asking for help when needed, indulging in some alone time, and sticking with things that recharge YOUR battery rather than casting them to the side during the holiday season.
  • Change the boundaries if they are not working. Schlepping your family all over town on the holidays just might not work for you anymore. Try to make decisions that are best for you and your immediate family. Pick and choose what obligations are the most important and which can be let go of. Just remember as you change your boundaries family and friends may be resistant.
  • Consider Professional Support

If you feel like you are depressed, anxious, or just not as happy as you would like, consider trying counseling. If needed, getting support for yourself is the best gift you can give to your family. South Bay Wellness is here for you as a service provider or a referral source.

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Being Thankful

Being thankful and showing appreciation are key factors of our Gratitude Challenge. Join us on our facebook page during the month of November and tell us what you are grateful for in a comment. Saying “thank you” is a great way to show appreciation, but it doesn’t have to mean something monumental. Here are 10 creative ways to give thanks to those who mean the most:

  • Write a poem.
  • Play their favorite song or make a custom playlist.
  • Cook their favorite dinner.
  • Breakfast in bed!
  • Write a handwritten letter.
  • Pay it forward- make a donation in their name.
  • Use your talents- are you crafty? Draw or make them something.
  • Put a sweet note in their lunch.
  • Take a picture together.
  • Keep a list of all the things they’ve done that you appreciate, and deliver on a decorated paper or card.

A little goes a long way. Let someone know how much you appreciate them today!

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Mental Health and Media

 

When I was competing my Master's in Social Work, I had the opportunity to take a class on using film as a therapeutic tool when working with clients struggling with their mental health. Though you will often find me steering clients away from the media, or at least setting healthy boundaries around the onslaught of information we receive that is often alarming, false or distressing - I have come to appreciate the times when we see ourselves depicted in characters on the big (or little) screen. When mental heath struggles are presented in film and TV in a close enough to accurate manner they can help to normalize a person's experience, decrease the sense of isolation and misunderstanding the individual faces and also give friends and family members a glimpse into the minds of their loved one. Two of my favorites are the depiction of Schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" and Anxiety in the quirky Australian TV series "Offspring" which can be viewed on netflix.

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Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

We have compiled information for bullying prevention and resolution to help you and your child have the healthiest and happiest experiences. Tactics to reduce bullying include mindfulness. The technique has shown to reduce reactive behavior, and also helps all parties involved to develop a greater awareness of their role in bullying. Read on here for more information: https://www.mindful.org/using-mindfulness-to-reduce-bullying/ Using Mindfulness to Reduce Bullying - Mindful www.mindful.org Bakosh and Houlihan hope that the Inner Explorer programs will be implemented in schools in all 50 states within the next year. To date, there are instructors in 111 .. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center indicates the immediate victim of bullying isn’t the only one affected by harassment. Bystanders and witnesses are more likely to use drugs and alcohol. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/facts.asp ...

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A Letter From the Candy Fairy

 

PARENTS: As we are all committed to the health of our children, we hope that you will welcome the candy fairy into your Halloween tradition. She will need a little help from you. Below is a letter from the candy fairy for your kids.

 

thumbnailHi everyone! I am the Candy Fairy and I need your help.

You see, I have thousands of little sprites that I have to feed throughout the harsh winter months. Unfortunately, it is hard to forage through the snow and ice to find food. Luckily, I have a precious magical ability. I can change any type of candy or junk food into a healthy fruit or vegetable.

That means Halloween is a blessing for me and my family if I have YOUR help. This is REALLY important since most kids don’t even know about me.


So, here is how you can help me: 

On Halloween, go out and have fun trick-or treating. Collect lots of fun treats. Then, if you are ever so kind, gather all of those treats into a bag and leave them on your front porch. During the night, while everyone is asleep, my sprites and I will come out and collect all of the treats. In exchange for your kindness and generosity, we will leave behind a special gift for you.

 

But wait… the magic that allows me to turn candy and junk food into fruits and vegetables for my little sprites ONLY works if the person who gave them to me followed the directions of their adult. So, if you decide to keep any for yourself, you can only keep the amount your adult says you can … otherwise we can’t use the treats.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Candy Fairy

 

© Danielle Zanzarov * South Bay Wellness 

Danielle Zanzarov, PhD is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is the Director of Holistic Health Services at South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner and is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Pracititioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.

5 Apps for Healthy Eating!

Have you ever looked at a product in a grocery store and wonder if it was right for you? With all the different ingredients, including unknown chemicals, compiled with confusing labels, it has become increasingly difficult to make healthier choices when it comes to our nutrition. Luckily at the touch of your fingertips, you can find healthy eating apps that will fit every lifestyle. Each app is amazing in its own way. Perhaps you would like to avoid a certain type of allergen in your food? Well there is an app for that! Are you looking for healthier alternatives to easily accessible and overly abundant fast food chains? Well you’re in luck! Take a look below at some nutrition conscious apps and start your journey on the road to healthy eating.


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