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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

There is very little worse than looking at the clock at 4:25 a.m. and knowing that you only have an hour before your alarm clock tells you to get up when you haven’t even been to sleep to begin with. Insomnia is a crushing disorder that can quickly move from slightly annoying to debilitating in a short span of time. Some of the symptoms of insomnia include depression, anxiety disorder, irritability, lack of focus, lower performance on the job or at school, slowed reaction time, substance abuse, and increased risk…

Learning to Fly

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
While enjoying my hot tea this morning, I was honored to see the first full nest of summer hatchings fledge. These are baby birds that I have had the privilege to watch from the beginning. For the past several days, the hatchlings would hop to the opening and reach out for food. Sometimes they would spend some time anxiously surveying the yard knowing instinctively that they would soon need to take flight and make their own way. This morning, I was quite surprised that the timing was right for me…

Summer Travel Tips For Traveling in Recovery

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Growing up in a home with mental illness and substance abuse was very challenging. It was difficult to know which way any given day would go and many afternoons were spent scrambling to change plans after a small incident turned into a major issue. Travel, before mental illness and addiction touched my family, had seemed ridiculously effortless. My father would drive and my mother would manage the necessities of the trip from the passenger’s seat while we children were left to entertain ourselves as best we could in the back…

Spinach Pancakes with Carrot Puree

Sunday, 19 July 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
The more health conscious I get, I realize that side dishes should often be served like main dishes and the thing that takes up the larger portion of the plate should be trimmed down. Vegetables are often dwarfed by meat or pasta. But if you’re interested in improving your physical and mental health, eat more side dishes like this. It happens to be full of nutrients, fiber and overall yummy goodness. An additional boon to this unique dish is buckwheat, which contains rutin, a compound known to strengthen capillary walls…

Living Life on Autopilot

Sunday, 19 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Some mornings, when the day comes way too soon, you have no choice but to get up and face the day after yet another sleepless night. You shower, dress, paint on a happy face, and bundle out the door to go to work. You drive the same car down the same streets past the same other commuters. It’s almost as if your car could make the drive without you. You are just a passenger in your life, watching out the window as more interesting things pass you by. The workday…

Is Life Possible After 43 Years of Solitary?

Saturday, 18 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
According to the news, the last of the infamous Angola 3, Albert Woodfox, faces potential release after 43 years of solitary confinement. As of today, he is the longest standing solitary confinement prisoner in history and he may be released as early as this Friday. After decades spent in solitary, there is a very real concern about his ability to reenter society due to the impact of his confinement on his mental health. You see, in order to maintain good mental health, all human beings require two very basic things:…
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Binge Eating

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Swimsuit season is a big stressor in an already stressed life but now that we are at the halfway point, that stress should begin to fade. While that statement sounds logical, it simply isn’t true. Many people not only stress about swimsuits for most of the year but this specific point in the season is particularly difficult because of the harsh diets that many women use to get them in ‘swimsuit shape.’ Unnecessary body image issues lead many women to diet extensively in the early spring. This strenuous dieting often…
Nose Prints on the Windows

Nose Prints on the Windows

Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Some of the most mundane moments can inspire heartfelt joy at the most unusual of times. Take, for example, my most recent trip through the parking lot. As I walked past a row of cars, I happened to notice an SUV with nose prints on the window. If you are a pet owner, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Nose prints are the little smears left on the glass by our furry friends who have yet to outgrow the childlike joy of watching scenery speed past the…

A Secret Heart for Me: Carolina Jasmine Petal

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Several days ago, I was feeling very stressed from personal events in my life. My son was preparing to graduate high school, he had joined the reserves, my younger son was considering a part time job, and a dear friend of mine was dealing with a bout of severe depression induced alcoholism. While these situations were not unique to me, I was definitely feeling the anxiety. In order to reduce my chances of slipping into a depression, I chose to take a walk outside during my lunch break to help…
Smiling Speaks Volumes

Smiling Speaks Volumes

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 00:00  by Gena P.
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes you smile? Sometimes as I sit at the window I watch the birds “flit” about and catch myself smiling. I can see a small child doing something so simple like eating an ice cream that ends up on his nose, and I smile. I see one of my kids sprawled out on the couch exhausted from the days activities and again, I smile. Smiling is such a simple, yet, sometime overlooked gesture. It does not require a lot of thought or…
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Grilled Peaches with Oregano and Pistachio Pesto and Fresh Ricotta

Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Source: Toronto Cooks Have you ever wondered what you could stop eating that would make you feel better emotionally and mentally, as well as physically? Anxiety is a terrible thing to taste. Summer is the perfect time to stop feeding your anxiety and consider how nutrition factors into your experience with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, bipolar and any other piece of the puzzle of mental health. One quick, easy solution might be to eat a peach. In Hungary, the peach is the “Fruit of Calmness.” Their yum-factor doesn’t hurt either.…
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Dressing for Public

Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
It happened again last week, I found myself cruising the parking lot at the local ‘big box’ store looking for a parking spot and, judging by the people walking towards the door, it was going to be an interesting visit. I turned my car into a spot near the back of the parking lot, as I like to add as many extra steps to my day as possible. From there, it was quite a hike to the big sliding doors that grace the front of the building. I had ample…
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Six Things to Never Explain

Six Things to Never Explain

Saturday, 11 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Frequently, we feel the need to justify our feelings as if everyone around us is watching us, expecting certain behaviors and forming judgments based upon our actions. While it is true that most people are subconsciously judging us, it is also true that we are all guilty of watching and judging other people. We are, after all, human. Unfortunately, some people seem to have an inherent need to try to control situations and other people. They do this by questioning motives and actions. It is to be expected that some…

Top Ten Reasons to Journal

Friday, 10 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Keeping a journal can be cathartic. Also called expressive writing, the act of keeping a journal or diary can be highly empowering. For centuries, people have been chronicling their hopes, fears, frustrations, joys, anxieties, sorrows, and victories down by putting them in writing. Many of the most famous diaries or journals have given us personal insight on the daily joys and struggles of important historic figures as well as everyday people just keeping track of their thoughts. Think about the story of Anne Frank, now famous due to her extensive…
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Road Rage

Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
If you need proof that we, as a society, are gradually losing our social skills, look around you on your next drive. If you drive through any congested area during heavy traffic you will more than likely encounter a case of road rage. You see it every day. People speeding past, changing lanes with no signal, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating and even intentionally locking others out of traffic are all versions of road rage. Some angry drivers have even planned ahead and created nasty little signs to…
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