Drastically Reduce Anxiety With This Intervention

Anxiety can leave a person feeling as if they are drowning.  It sweeps over the body with intensity – each wave larger than the next.  But how you think about each wave completely changes whether you sink or swim.  And it is as simple as that.  Change the thought pattern and you change the feeling.

Improve Your Child’s Focus With Natural Interventions

 

School: Sit.  Study.  Sit.  Study.  After school: Scheduled organized activity.  Sit. Study.  It is no wonder our children and teens have difficulty focusing when nearly their entire day is centered around sitting and staring at chalk boards, computers, phones and televisions.  And when they aren’t being occupied by screens they are scheduled from morning until evening.  What I can tell you is this – no healthy child will be able to focus and concentrate for an extended amount of time when their growing brain is not allowed downtime necessary for normal development.
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Do This And Feel Better About Yourself As A Parent

If you don’t struggle as a parent then you must be doing something wrong.  Or that is what I like to tell myself on the occasion.  Okay, weekly.  Maybe make that daily.  Child therapist or not, I struggle.  In fact because I do carry that clinical license I feel I shouldn’t be struggling at all.  I am the professional.  I should have all the answers.  This kind of thinking only deepens my well of guilt and wrongdoing.  When it comes to my own kids I am just like the rest of you.  I find myself questioning and second guessing.  And I go back to the drawing board again and again.
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Help Your Child Soak Away Anxiety And Stress

Reducing anxiety and chronic stress can be as easy as drawing a bath.  The antidote: magnesium in the form of Epsom Salt. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.   Once an abundant nutrient found in our soil, magnesium has rapidly declined in our environment leaving many doctors and scientists to believe that all people should be supplementing this essential mineral. Magnesium is necessary for proper cognitive function. In other words, if you want your brain to work as it should you must ensure your diet includes magnesium.
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How A Hug Promotes Calmness

Hug it out.  No really. Hug it out.  There is a simple reason why we crave human contact and affection – it calms us.  A hug from a safe, caring adult sets off a cascade of biology that recalibrates our child’s body.  The same works for teens and adults alike.  Humans are wired for real-life social connectivity something we have less of in the era of social media.
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Try This Free Antidepressant With Your Kids

When children and adults are living with depression it can be difficult to motivate yourself and family to move.  But move you must. Exercise is proven to be as effective if not more effective than medication in the treatment of depression.  Absolute fact.  NCBI illustrates the following in several peer-reviewed studies: “Following 16 weeks of treatment, groups did not differ in their level of depressive symptoms, suggesting that exercise and standard antidepressant treatments were equally effective. Interestingly, a follow-up examination of these participants conducted 10 months after the completion of the treatment period showed that participants in the exercise group showed lower rates of depression relapse in comparison with both the sertraline and combined groups. Moreover, participants who reported engaging in regular exercise during the follow-up period were more than 50% less likely to be depressed at their 10-month assessment compared to non-exercisers.”   Why is that?

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Grapes Get The Green Light For Brain Health

Grapes are a sweet reminder that summer produces the most delicious desserts.  No baking required.  With every bite, they ignite the taste buds for kids and adults alike.  Tasty frozen or raw, grapes are versatile in the nutrition department.  Not only can you satisfy a sweet tooth with a handful of grapes, you can obtain the following vitamins and minerals: vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, potassium, and thiamine.  And the bus doesn’t stop there.  The juicy grape gives you riboflavin, fiber and a wee bit of protein.  For those of you who thought protein is only available in animal products; it just isn’t true.  Plants have protein too!

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A Few Things I Learned About Myself As A Mom On Mother’s Day

When I am not swimming in laundry or dirty dishes, I like to take a few minutes to reflect on who I am as a mother.  Because I am always trying to stay afloat, this rarely happens.  Until this year.  This year I celebrated and stole moments to silence the chaos and this is what I found out about myself as mother:

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Is My Child Depressed?

May I get straight to the point?  Depression is everywhere.  Like an octopus its tentacles are enveloping our small people from every angle.  Children around the world are being pulled under at an alarming rate.  The suburbs will not keep you safe.  The countryside does not lead to immunity.  The world feels its poisonous reach as depression leads all known disabilities worldwide.  This is not an American problem – this is a global epidemic and, no, I don’t feel epidemic is too strong a word.

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