by Emily Koon | Feb 24, 2022 | Uncategorized
A mindset shift can be a powerful tool. When you feel down and unmotivated, give yourself permission to feel those feelings but don’t allow them to overtake your thoughts entirely. Instead, shift your focus to healthy habits – then take action to incorporate those habits into your daily routine. Action and energy can be self-reinforcing and self-reinvigorating.
Below, we offer a few steps you can take that may provide you with a sense of well-being and groundedness.
Press pause on the digital world
Press pause on social media and take a digital break if you feel excessive scrolling is playing a role in your unsettled feelings. In recent years, the world has shifted to increased emphasis on digital usage in both personal and work aspects of life. With more people spending time on social media, more content you may find upsetting is in the digital universe. While you may feel compelled to stay up to date, it’s OK to take a break!
Practicing mindfulness means making a conscious effort to focus on what your senses, thoughts and emotions are telling you. Using this technique to reframe your mindset can help you approach daily challenges in a more purposeful …
by Emily Koon | Dec 15, 2021 | Uncategorized
It’s no secret the holiday season can be a difficult time for some. The holidays often present a dizzying array of demands – cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. In addition, living through a pandemic can bring about an added level of stress during this time of year.
But with some practical tips, you can work to minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying them more than you thought you would! We break down a few below.
Be wary of your budget
Before you do your gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then, stick to your budget by establishing set amounts for specific spending categories. Great alternatives to standard gift-giving are donating to a charity; making homemade gifts; or starting a family gift exchange.
Don’t abandon healthy habits
The holidays are a very busy time, and it can be simple to abandon the healthy habits you’ve worked on all year due to the hustle and bustle caused by the holidays. Take at least a few minutes every day to partake in a healthy coping mechanism you’ve established for yourself. Remember that overindulgence – whether it’s eating, …
by Emily Koon | Nov 17, 2021 | Uncategorized
Learning through play is a crucial aspect of a child’s development. During the early stages, children’s minds expand simply by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings, making it crucial for them to play with objects that stimulate their minds in a variety of ways.
If you’re looking for educational, fun and engaging gifts this holiday season that will add value to your child’s growth journey, look no further! The use of educational toys can help children learn many different skills they will need in their life, including problem solving, conflict resolution, sharing, creativity, etc. And believe it or not, some of the best options don’t require batteries! Below, we list a few.
Books about emotions
Books centered around feelings and emotions children experience can be informative, while serving as a source of entertainment. Many of these books include activities for children to participate in when they feel sad, anxious, lonely, etc. The goal is to teach coping strategies and help children navigate complex emotions through healthy tactics.
Encourage your child to turn blank pages into a vibrant masterpiece! Journal writing and drawing can help children process feelings, build writing skills and communicate their ideas. This …