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Back To School

Friday, 16 August 2013 21:21  by Jessica W.
It’s back to school time again. The summer seems to have spun by too fast. Time has flown and it is time for children to return to school, to the predictable rhythm of class, after school activities, sports, homework and friends. Back to school time can be dangerous for families because of the increased transmission of germs. Students are in contact with hundreds of their peers, touching doors, desks, lockers and sharing supplies, all of which increases the likelihood of getting sick. With the approaching cold and flu season, learning…

What Will You Learn?

Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:24  by Jessica W.
It’s back to school time again, and parents are racing about gathering school supplies and preparing for the return of the school year routine. But you don’t have to be a child to be excited about returning to class. The learning process has significant mental health benefits. Learning pushes us to use our brains in new ways. We employ various skills like memorization and critical thinking to learn new subjects and skills. It is an exercise for the mind. Learning teaches us to look at the world in new ways.…

How To Grow Lavender

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 22:00  by Jessica W.
Lavender’s sweet-smelling flowers are open and trumpeting the height of summer. However, it will soon be time to prune, dry and turn into sachets and fragrant recipes. Lavender has been cultivated for centuries for its beautiful flowers, culinary uses and therapeutic scent. It is a great plant to grow in your yard because research shows that its aroma may soothe feelings of anxiety and depression while boosting mood and alertness. It is beautiful strung around the house to dry and can then be added to closets, self-care items and recipes.…

Recipe for Happiness

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:37  by Coco R.
Is there a recipe to happiness? I think it comes down to a few key points that we seem to forget over and over again. Things that take away and add anxiety and depression, rather than add to our life…even though it may not seem like it at the time. 1. Do what you are good at. They say work shouldn’t feel like work, and I agree. When we start doing what we are really good at, we feel success day in and day out. We spend a huge portion…

Grilled Salmon & Zucchini Salad

Saturday, 10 August 2013 08:01  by Jessica W.
Fish is quick to prepare, making it a great weekday dinner idea. It also adds a healthy balance to any weekend splurges and provides healthy fats we need for proper brain function. Try serving this dish with a side of healthy grains like quinoa or wheat berries to make a filling, fiber-packed dinner that’s ready in no time. Ingredients 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 1 lemon 3 cups thinly sliced zucchini…

Turning the Mind

Friday, 09 August 2013 08:34  by Allison A.
This week at Brookhaven we are working to turn our minds. This is an important week as we are working to alter our ways of thinking that keep us unhealthy. These ways of thinking can involve cognitive distortions and focusing on negative aspects of our lives, and lead to depressed mood and unhealthy thinking patterns. Very often it is easy to focus on what is going wrong. Unfortunately, this prevents us from seeing the simple and positive things for which we can be grateful. This art exercise can help us…

Safe Travels

Thursday, 08 August 2013 06:56  by Jessica W.
The news recently reported that the United States would close 21 embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East due to possible threat of attack. A travel alert urged U.S. citizens travelling abroad to remain vigilant. This begs the question – in such an uncertain world, how do we travel safely? This is especially important for women travelling abroad. Travelling can be great for our mental health. It creates distance from the stressors of our daily lives. It opens our minds to new ways of thinking and looking at the…

Watercolor Mindfulness

Friday, 02 August 2013 20:13  by Allison A.
This week’s art therapy intervention uses the watercolor technique of paints on wet paper. This is a great technique for being present in the current moment and mindful of the various senses that are used in this activity. Because of this, it gives us a break from our thoughts, releases anxiety and depression, and engages our intuitive power. You may use soothing music to complement this activity. Materials: Watercolor paints: paint tubes or a dry set. (Note: If in tubes, prepare these on a paint palette for easy access in…

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:56  by Jessica W.
We are vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters every year. Wildfires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes can threaten our routines and even lives we have built. Seventy five percent of all tornadoes occur in the U.S. There are 500,000 measured earthquakes each year, one of which is even thought to have shortened the length of earth’s day. Summer, especially, seems to bring with it increased risk of disaster as we experience intense storms, summer wildfires and hurricanes more frequently during this period. A disaster survival plan can help keep…
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