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From the category archives: South Bay Wellness Blog

Personal Growth

Get Yourself Outside!

 

July is a great time to get outside! Long Island has a host of outdoor amenities at our fingertips; we would be doing ourselves a disservice not to explore them.

 

Have you seen our newsletter? We gave away a bike bingo template. Cut your items off the bottom, arrange your board and take a tour around the neighborhood.

 

There are great kayaking and paddle boarding rental locations in the area. Our favorite is down by Browns River Road. Visit Captain Kayak right in Sayville and take a water tour of the bay or inlet areas. http://www.captainkayak.com/

 

Want to stay in the yard? Fill up water guns from the dollar store with watercolors and spray at a canvas across the yard. If you do this, we’d love to see your art!

 

Another great dollar store find is the variety of glow sticks! Pick up a few pack of necklace size glow sticks and 6 short sticks in 2 different colors to play glow stick tic-tac-toe!

 

As always, use caution when you’re outside with proper sunscreen and insect repellant. Visit our Facebook page for links on non-toxic solutions.

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Beat Stress!

​​​​​​​February is heart health month and we would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to talk specifically about women’s heart health, considering February 12th was the International Day of Women’s Health, and March 8th is International Women’s Day.

So what, specifically, makes the difference in women’s heart health, versus men? According to the APA, approximately 50% of women experienced an increase in their stress levels in the last 5 years. We know diet, exercise and genetics play a tremendous role in heart disease, but don’t underrate stress as a contributing factor. Stress increases your blood pressure, can result in binge eating, and reduced energy.

Here are 6 great ways to beat stress in your life, and maximize your heart health in a completely non-invasive way:

  1. Take time for yourself. This could mean something as simple as an extra long shower, a few minutes alone in the car before you head into chaos, or tuning out the world with a pair of headphones and a soothing playlist.
  2. Ask for help. Oftentimes we try to take on too much to avoid inconveniencing anyone else. It takes a village!
  3. Be realistic. Maybe you’ve heard the saying “if you want it done right, do it yourself”. But maybe just getting it done is good enough. So the clothes may not be folded the way you like, but at least it’s done and out of the way. The dishwasher may not be loaded for optimal cleaning, but there are dirty dishes in there;  set it and forget it.
  4. Mindfulness techniques. We literally can not say enough about the incredible benefits of this simple activity. If you need help getting started, here is a great resource: http://bit.ly/2zSpOsI
  5. Exercise. I know, I know. But trust me. It is scientifically proven that exercise does wonders for your stress levels. You don’t have to go to extremes! Stretching counts too!
  6. Neurofeedback. If you’re looking for a long-term stress solution we have the answer! Neurofeedback results can last for as long as 40 years after treatment! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2y3jgp7

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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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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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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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Some musical inspiration

If a music video about stepping away from electronics doesn’t get you excited, we’re not sure what will.

Not only cute, but also educational; this video reveals the truths about our societies dependence on electronics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUD0WhE264

From One Second To The Next

It may be one of the biggest rules of the century- no texting while driving, but how many of us can honestly say we obey? If you weren’t serious about abiding to this law before, you will be after watching this video.  

A documentary that uses personal experiences to reveal the crude consequences of texting while driving, From One Second To The Next, is a must see. After viewing this video, you’ll think twice before picking up that phone when sitting behind the wheel. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk1vCqfYpos

Social Media, Social Family

As social media becomes more popular, families ironically become less social. Find out how your family can have it’s cake, and eat it too.

Social media is fun. But when it starts tarring your family apart, you may start second guessing that. Good news. With just a bit of direction, you and your family can learn how to intertwine these two social worlds.

http://aplusetwsiwm.weebly.com/setting-boundaries.html

 

 

Death of the Internet

You may not think that “killing” the Internet at home would be a good choice, but there are people that can argue. 

In this blog, author Joshua Fields Millburn, comments on his life without the Internet in his home. Believe it or not, he says it’s the best and most productive thing he’s ever done. Learn the benefits of banning the Internet from your home. In addition receive tips and guidance on how to start your own test-trial (if you’re brave enough).

http://www.theminimalists.com/internet/

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