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Sunday, 31 March 2013 04:06

Benefits of the Outdoors

Spring seems to be feeling shy and reluctant to make an appearance this year. Nevertheless, this is an excellent time to begin spending more time outside. It is no secret that both adults and children are nature deprived, but they may be unaware of all the health benefits they are missing.

Some interesting benefits to being outdoors include:

  • Improved mood: The increased light and fresh air are natural stress reducers and decrease depression. Many studies have shown that being outdoors significantly improves your mental health.
  • Better vision: Most people’s eyes are overworked and fatigued from staring at computer monitors and small electronic screens. Research has found that spending time outdoors gives your eyes a break from focusing only on nearby objects.
  • Improved concentration: Studies have shown that children diagnosed with ADHD had better concentration after spending time outside. Alzheimer’s patients also demonstrated improved mental function when given regular opportunities to be outdoors.

Some of the other potential benefits that have been identified are: improved blood pressure, weight loss, decreases in autoimmune disorders, and faster healing. All of these things add up to very good reasons to go outside and promote better mental and physical health.

10 Ways to Enjoy Spring

  • visit a butterfly garden ~ learn about your local butterflies
  • picnic in a meadow ~ diagram flowers
  • make bird feeders ~ which seeds attract which birds?
  • plan a garden ~ gardens are fun projects
  • enjoy the farmer’s market ~ discuss: benefits of organic, small business, trades/skills

  • field trip to a strawberry farm ~ learn benefits of fruit

  • zoo ~ see the new baby animals
  • plan a field trip to a local honey bee farm ~ learn about pollination
  • photograph (draw) new blooms ~ try different media

  • go camping ~ visit your state parks

Source: The HomeSchool Village

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Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:38

Crispy Quinoa Burgers

If you are looking for a healthy, delicious alternative to traditional hamburgers this is it! This recipe is a crowd favorite here at Brookhaven Retreat. Not only are these burgers tasty, they are high in fiber, protein, and other nutrients to keep you full and satisfied. Try this recipe the next time you are thinking about grilling burgers outside or just looking for a new weeknight dinner idea!

Recipe from our very own Brookhaven Retreat chefs!

Crispy Quinoa Burgers

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • 
1 cup cooked chickpeas, ground in food processor
  • 
½ cup cooked carrots, ground in food processor
  • 2 green onions, sliced very thin

  • 
2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs (add more if mixture won’t stick as patties)

  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper

  • 12 slider buns or burger buns, depending on patty size

  • Avocados for topping

Directions:

  1. Mix quinoa, ground chickpeas, carrots, green onions, and garlic in large bowl.
  2. Whisk together eggs and add to mixture.
  3. Form into patties.
  4. Grill each side until crispy.
  5. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and dress burger as desired.

 

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Friday, 29 March 2013 18:44

Discouragement

Have you ever felt discouraged? Most of us have from time-to-time. Discouragement is unique in that it is often the by-product of a failed attempt or a loss. When we try to do something and do not succeed, it can bring discouragement. This is different from feelings of depression or anxiety. Discouragement causes us to feel like giving up. Our “get up and go” just isn’t there anymore. We begin to feel as though there is no value in continuing to work toward our goals. In fact, we have difficulty identifying our goals.

When we find ourselves in this slump, it ispainted into a corner important to do two things:

  1. Identify what triggered the discouragement. Was it a job loss, financial set back or end of a relationship? Identify the trigger and create a plan to better deal with the situation in the future. Not every discouraging event can be avoided, and learning to constructively deal with disappointment is a skill that is only perfected by overcoming obstacles.
  2. Look at all you have done well, and celebrate those things. We all make errors in our judgment at times. We have to allow ourselves to be human. Mistakes teach us. They help us grow, and therefore should not be viewed as entirely negative. Forgive yourself for your mistakes, and determine in your heart to learn and grow. Celebrating past accomplishments and the positive aspects in your life takes the focus away from the negative and turns it toward all that is good and right in your life.

Discouragement is a natural part of life, but it should not be allowed to remain for long. If you are struggling with issues of ongoing discouragement, it may be time to seek professional depression help from a treatment center. Life is a precious gift and you deserve to enjoy it to its full potential.

 

Published in Brookhaven Blog

Spring this year has brought a flurry of excitement to Brookhaven Retreat. Not only is it busy implementing a new staff DBT skills class and wrapping up its Focused Standards Assessment, but it is also excited to celebrate its 7th anniversary just as east Tennessee is burgeoning in a riot of colorful blooms.

“It is exciting to watch Brookhaven grow and mature,” legal counsel Teresa Rankin said. “Staff and practices just keep getting stronger and stronger every day. You get the opportunity to touch so many lives in a positive way.”

The strength of Brookhaven Retreat’s treatment philosophy can be seen in the dedication of its clinical and medical staff as well as its growing alumnae community. The hard work and devotion poured into its program leads to lifelong psychological health for the women treated in its facility.

Brookhaven Retreat is thrilled to be entering its 8th year of service to women suffering from mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma and addiction issues. It would like to thank all staff, agencies and facilities who have assisted in its growth and made seven years of phenomenal service to women’s emotional health possible.

Published in Brookhaven News
Friday, 29 March 2013 13:42

Live More, Want Less

Recommended Book of the Week 
"Live More, Want Less: 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life" by Mary Carlomagno
Published in Books
Friday, 29 March 2013 13:12

Gluten-Free Meatloaf



A rustic and homey meal, this oft-requested meatloaf recipe swaps quinoa for breadcrumbs. The addition of a small amount of bacon infuses the meal with enormous flavor – try it with a side of green beans and mashed sweet potatoes.
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Friday, 29 March 2013 10:19

Making Sense of the Utility Closet

Closets tend to become catchalls in our house – they contain cleaning equipment, building supplies, batteries, blankets, equipment manuals and all sorts of miscellaneous goods that seem to have no other place to go. Here are six things to introduce to your utility closet to help maximize space and usefulness:
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Friday, 29 March 2013 03:42

If Only

Many times in our lives we make decisions only to later second-guess them. We often look at the choices we’ve made and wish we had chosen differently. This can leave us with a mountain of regrets. “If only” becomes our mindset. “If only I had chosen another career.” “If only I had chosen a different mate.” “If only I had stuck with that particular diet plan.”

The problem is “if only” doesn’t change what is. We made the choices we did based on the experience and information available at the time. Hindsight will always be 20/20, and there is little to be gained from looking back but depression.

We also tend to idealize the fiction outcome of our “if only” thinking. We imagine that our lives would have been so much better had we made different choices.
While that may be true in some cases, it may not be in others.

Typically we find that every choice has its own set of challenges that come with it. That perfect career, perfect mate or perfect diet plan isn’t perfect at all. They have unique challenges within them as well.

When tempted to fall into “if only” thinking, instead take a moment to really explore the potential outcomes of your alternate choices. If we are honest we will acknowledge the grass on that side of the fence still requires mowing.

Published in Brookhaven Blog
Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:34

How to Really Help a Sick Friend

Sometimes, an illness leaves us feeling uncertain about how to deal with our closest friends. Here are five ways to offer your friendship when someone you love gets a serious diagnosis.
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Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:57

Memories that Warm Your Soul


So it is supposedly spring, but as I look out my window, I see snow falling over the tree branches. Oh, what warm spring weather we are having, Mother Nature! Or is this your joke? This bitter cold chill in the air makes me think of all the warm, cozy practices I thought I had shelved until next year. Things like drinking hot chocolate while curled up on the couch with a good book, having a fleece blanket wrapped around my legs, or turning up the heat in the fireplace. While I do yearn for spring and summer, I still love the melancholy mood a good snow flurried day can bring.

I imagine everybody has good memories that are spurred from moments like these, where you look outside and remember the excitement you felt as a child when it snowed. It doesn’t feel like we have had snow quite like we did when I was a kid. Back then it seemed like it was at least a foot or two deep instead of the mere dustings we seem to have now. My brother and I would dress up in two and three layers of sweatshirts, long johns, mittens and scarves to brave the cold. We played for hours until our toes were numb and our stomachs growled with hunger. Then after a quick lunch of hot tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, we put our wet gloves back on and rushed back out where the neighbors waited to make the next great snowman!

Once, my dad, a big kid himself, took a pot outside and stuffed me inside to push me down the biggest hill on our street. He just knew that pot would be slick enough for me to race down the hill on. But unfortunately, there was no racing down the hill, just hands, elbows, and feet flying wildly as I tumbled right down the steep bank. Looking back on that memory, it seems silly that a pot would work, but it is the fondness of those types of memories that warm my heart on such a cold day.

The allusive “they” always say that no snowflake is the same. That is the way I feel about memories. Each one can conjure up an array of emotions and reactions each time they surface. The smile one can bring to our lips or the sadness seen in our eyes are all products of a brief moment in time and our perception of that moment.

I smile every time I see the snowfall because I associate it with that quick tumble down the hill and the fun that was had that day. I like to sit on my couch sipping my hot chocolate gazing out the window and remembering a time that now seems so far away, but so near to my heart that it fills me with warmth. I’m so glad I have those moments to dwell on from time-to-time. A part of childhood I recapture for a brief second. And I relish in the thought that at some point I will share those memories with my own children, or better yet, make memories that they themselves will look back on with the same smile and warm glow on some cold Spring day.

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