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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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Food for all

If one website with healthy meals for children wasn’t enough, we have another great website to share with you. With recipes so great, even you’ll be eating them.

Make your home a safe haven for nutritious meals for the entire family! Havenrecipies.com has great ideas for children that you’ll also find enjoyable. You can thank us later.

 http://havenrecipes.com/HAVEN_RECIPES/CELEBRATE_RECIPES.html   

Breastfeeding – What’s in it for Mom?

Many of us are well versed on the benefits of breastfeeding for babies. It helps build their immune system, breast-milk is easy to digest, it reduces the risk of type II diabetes and childhood obesity, it may reduce the risk of SIDS – and the list goes on. But what is in it for Mom? Does breastfeeding have to be all about the baby? Click here to read more!


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Toxin Overload - Reduce your exposure and enhance your health.

Our health is impacted by what we put in, on, and around our bodies. We are very fortunate to have bodies that can heal themselves. However, when the body becomes too overwhelmed, it can reach the point where it needs to spend more time detoxifying than healing.  In this modern age of chemical everything, we are surrounded by toxins. Consider for a second the number of toxins you may be exposed to within just the first 30 minutes of your day: You are asleep in your room on a mattress and in a newly painted bedroom.  – Normal mattresses contain a myriad of toxic chemicals that give off gas and overwhelm the body. Normal paint will give off gas Volatile Organic Compounds that are hazardous to your health. The off-gassing can occur for years after the walls have been painted. Suggestions:  · Invest in a high quality air purifier. The ones you find at Home Depot or other such big box stores are usually not effective in absorbing VOCs. We recommend and sell Austin Air purifiers ...

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Stop going to the hardware store for bread

 

So I have to admit – this is not an original thought- the phrase “Stop going to the hardware store for bread” actually comes from the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program. However, it is a favorite saying of mine, and is applicable to just about all of my clients who come in for counseling.

So what exactly does this mean and how do we translate it into improving your mental health?

Take a moment to imagine this scenario. You are starving, really in need of some food.  The closest store to you is Home Depot.  You imagine yourself walking in and being handed the most delicious loaf of bread you have ever seen. You purchase it, tear a piece off, eat it and feel content and satisfied. 

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Improve rest and romance with feng shui.

There are two purposes for the bedroom: intimacy and rest. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary that protects and nurtures your body, mind and spirit. However, you may have turned your bedroom into a work space, a television-viewing space, a hobby room, etc. 


Objects that do not belong in this space? A television, cable box, laptop, cell phone, cordless phone, dare I say printer? Anything else electronically-charged?

These objects all radiate electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which causes tremendous  harm to your body.  And did you know that they continue to do so even when they are turned off? They do!

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