Posts Tagged 'therapist'

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?

 

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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.

Depression Outlets

When asked on a popular social networking site about what people use as an outlet for depression, the feedback was quite similar and repetitive.

The top 10 choices were the following:

  1. Expensive shoes
  2. Sex
  3. Shopping
  4. Band Practice
  5. Exercise
  6. Masturbation
  7. Social interactions
  8. Seeing a therapist
  9. Liquor
  10. Painting

Of the 10 different ways, only half were healthy ways.  Many people partake in unhealthy ways to take care of themselves.  It is important to identify what makes us happy and healthy.  Here are some healthy suggestions to use when depressed.

  1. Exercise: When you exercise regularly, you tone your body and metabolism, regulates stress hormones like cortisol, and promotes the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that your body naturally releases when you exercise).
  2. Art:  Express your feelings and your artistic side.  You might come up with your most successful work while improving your mood.
  3. Seeing a therapist:  Some people have a difficult time expressing themselves.  This is a great way to express yourself without people judging you and have an impartial person to listen to you.
  4. Social Interactions: When depressed, many isolate.  This will only make you more depressed and focus on the pain rather then the positive things.  Get out there, call a friend, be social.
  5. Read a book: This is distract you and can be uplifting.  I recommend reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  It is very inspirational.

For more suggestions and/or feedback of what works for you, please email Amanda@amandalevison.com.