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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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Father's Day Ideas

Fathers day is June 17th, and we have a great list of family friendly activities to celebrate the father figures in your life.

Try out mini golfing! Sayville falls is open and they have fun course for the whole family! They often have deals on their website, so check them out here: https://sayvillefallsminigolf.com/

Check out Bowlero! The recently renovated Sayville lanes has a lot to offer, including specials on Sunday games! Bowl with the whole family! View their deals here: https://www.bowlero.com/location/bowlero-sayville/specials

Bike bingo! Make your own cards and use a hole punch and rubber band to secure it to your bicycles. Take a trip around the neighborhood and cross off what you see at each stop.

Attend a Home Depot workshop! The Patchogue location has a bunch of DIY workshops, even one for making a workbench! Register here for a bunch of creative projects: https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#store/1258

Go natural! Is the dad in your life trying to get healthy? Stop by the center and pick up a gift card and start him on the path to wellness! With a variety of services for every need, we have something for everyone. www.southbaywellness.com

Happy Father’s Day!

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In Celebration of Mom's Everywhere

Motherhood is not easy and as soon as you have a handle on what to do with one child, the next requires something totally different! Maybe your journey to motherhood was unexpected or had hurdles you hadn’t considered. Regardless of how you got here, we are happy to celebrate you, mom!

Here are some amazing ways to pat yourself on the back today:

1 Go Grocery Shopping Alone.

We all know the speed at which we grocery shop when we know the kids are at home waiting for us. Imagine the serenity of shopping at your leisure! Stroll the aisles at a snail’s pace instead!

2 Spend More Than 5 Minutes In The Shower

Lock the door too! Indulge your senses and bring some aromatics into the bathroom during your retreat. Bonus points if you warm the towel in the dryer before you hop in.

3 Take A Drive and Listen To The Music You Like

Remember how you used to jam out in the car before kids? Crank that uncensored music, the kind your kid would be mortified to know you listen to. Take a drive without a destination and turn up your playlist.

4 Learn Some Meditation Techniques

By now you must have heard about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness techniques. Let your mind and body find peace and relaxation with these simple yet effective tools.

5 Read That Book You’ve Been Putting Off

Even if you didn’t think to order one ahead of time, visit the library and browse a bit! Literature is an incredible release for your mind. Spend some time snuggled up with a page turner.

6 Indulge In Your Guilty Pleasure

Whether it’s celebrity news or eating all the marshmallows out of the box of Lucky Charms, let go of the restrictions you normally place on yourself and indulge a bit! Giving in to your guilty pleasure every now and again is a great way to treat yourself.

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Daylight Savings Might Be Bad For Your Health

We’re losing an hour soon for spring, even though Mother Nature seems to be set on frigid weather. Does that hour mean bad things for your health? Sleep deprivation can result in systemic dysfunction, including decreased mental and physical performance, increased anxiety, and all the symptoms associated with it.

 

We gathered a few resources to help you beat the clock.

 

  1. Avoid caffeine or products that boost energy levels, like nut products and vegetables high in B vitamins.

  2. Reduce exposure to electronics. There is plenty of research available showing the harmful effects of blue light from electronics.

  3. Wind down with yoga. Start your routine a little earlier and add gentle yoga stretches to help guide you to sleeping well. Try the locust pose, head of the knee pose, or bridge pose.

  4. Mindfulness techniques. We’re always fans of mindfulness. Find tips here: http://bit.ly/2zSpOsI

  5. Neurofeedback. Yes! Find prolonged relief to sleep deprivation or insomnia through neurofeedback. Find more information here: http://bit.ly/2y3jgp7

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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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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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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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