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Finding the Beauty in Nature

“The good man is the friend of all living things.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Spring Tree

The other day I was on a nature walk and came across this beautiful tree.  I had to stop and take a picture, as I knew it was something I would want to look at again.  In Florida, I would see trees and flowers all of the time but not like how it is in the Springtime in Pennsylvania.  It takes on a whole new beauty to see the sharp blooming colors.  As a child, my mom used to ask me daily, “What is it you noticed in creation that you could appreciate?”  I would respond by saying the ocean, or a butterfly, or a cool cloud formation that I happen to come across.  Recently, I seem to notice the blooming colors.

It is so important to notice the beauty in nature.  Not for me, not for you (in that moment), but if you can see the beauty in nature on a regular basis, what else are you noticing the beauty in?  So I ask you… What did you notice today in nature that caught your attention that you appreciated?

 

Daily Motivation: Dreams & Actions and how it applies to US

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”- Anatole France

I am going to do my best to post daily quotes of inspiration and motivation.  I think it helps people to think about what they need to set forth for the day, week, or any time of the near future and reflect on themselves.

When I was looking for books of motivation, it is amazing on how many religious books and theological books were around and less neutral about overall well-being.  I think this quote was perfect for me this week as I have been preparing to open my new office.  I have purchased furniture, have been working on making the office cozy and comfortable, and getting all of the details in order for a running business.  Now, it’s time to connect with others to network and spread the word for the services I provide.

In order to have great things, you need to plan, you need to reach for your goals, don’t sell yourself short and finish what you set out to do.  What do you dream about?  What are you preparing for yourself?  How can you dream bigger but have realistic goals for yourself?

 

Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween!  This time of the year people dress cute, friendly, sexy, and scary. It’s the time for you to act wild and crazy and have fun but most of all- collect lots of candy.  As a child, I remember the thrill was to see who could collect the most candy in their bag.  However, being outside going door to door can be a safety risk as well. Here are some safety tips to follow.  Remember… HAVE FUN & BE SAFE!

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

* Safety tips provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy| Therapy Dog in Broward County

I was just walking Bowie when someone asked me more about Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).  I love explaining the benefits animals provide.  He was amazed at how well Bowie was adjusting to him and he asked a lot of questions.  I always welcome the questions because “knowledge is power” and AAT is a unique form of therapy that not everyone knows about or would consider a part of therapy.

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Here are some benefits of AAT:

  1. Clients are able to feel more at ease having an animal around, it brings anxiety levels down, therefore they are able to express themselves better.
  2. There is an outward focus bringing individuals out of themselves; animals can help individuals with low self-esteem focus on their environment.
  3. It helps develop a sense of nurturing with the animal as it promotes growth and development.
  4. It helps build rapport much quicker with both the therapist and the animal, building a relationship of mutual trust or a feeling of connection or bonding.
  5. There is a feeling of acceptance and approval; an animal’s acceptance is nonjudgmental, forgiving and unconditional.
  6. It helps with socialization by enjoying the company of others and establishing “likes” and “dislikes.”
  7. It provides mental stimulation, the presence of animals serves to brighten the atmosphere, increasing amusement, laughter and play.
  8. People desire physical touch and comfort and an animal provides that.
  9. There are physiological benefits in that many people are able to relax, showing a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, when animals are present.
  10. Research has found that therapists are more approachable and/or likeable when there’s an animal in the room. This helps clients, especially teenagers, to be more motivated and invested in the treatment process.

Let’s Talk About Sex Baby| Talking to Your Child About Sex

A popular Facebook page with a large following posted this:

“A mom fan has a question ” How can I talk to my tween daughter about changes to her body? Also, what is a good age? She is 10 now.”

The truth is, as children/tweens start to develop they will have a lot of questions.  It is important to be honest about the changes happening to their body and what will happen in the future.  It is not about being uncomfortable and thinking about yourself but looking at the facts of development.  Many times, your child will come up with more questions to ask.  Some questions may even seem silly but it is important not to laugh at them or they will not feel comfortable to ask again when they are curious about things in the future.  If your child does not feel comfortable to talk to you about these topics, they may ask someone else, or explore on their own.  It is very important that you normalize these changes as we all experience puberty at some point in our life.

You could always go to your local bookstore and get a book on changes of development and take the opportunity to read nightly with your child.  It is a great bonding experience and it will help give you a format and answer questions as you go along if you are unsure of where to start with the conversation.  Be brave and good luck!

 

Welcome Facebook!

Image I swear I’m not a dinosaur and I know how to use a computer.  I have been aware of the importance of social marketing and the way it impacts our society nowadays so… hello Facebook, Therapeutic Services by Amanda Levison is now here!  I hope to put daily quotes, fun facts, and topics of interests related to psychology and your overall well-being.  If there is a topic that you would like me to write about, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Eating Disorders On The Rise: Statistics

As I was doing research on Eating Disorders, I came across a site that stated there are over 8 million people in the United States with an Eating Disorder.  I was shocked to hear such a huge number.  I understand that 1 out of 4 people have some form of an eating disorder from binging, over eating, to restricting, etc… However 8 million!!!  To put it into perspective 8 million is equivalent to:

Just so you can see what 8 million really means.