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Drink Tea, Find Peace

Drink Tea, Find Peace posted on Apr 2

There is nothing more relaxing to me than sipping a cup of hot tea. No matter what life throws my way, smelling the robust aromas and breathing in the soothing steam bring an immediate sense of calm and peace. Drinking tea requires me to slow   …Continue Reading Drink Tea, Find Peace

Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo

Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo posted on Mar 13

Piensa sobre lo que te encuentras haciendo en este preciso momento. ¿Te estás enfocado solamente en la lectura de este blog, o estás simultáneamente chequeando tus mensajes de texto, navegando por la web, y comiendo? Con la tecnología hoy en día al centro de nuestras   …Continue Reading Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo

Listening to the Birds Sing

Listening to the Birds Sing posted on Feb 27

Think about where are you right now in this moment. Are you fully concentrating on reading this post, or are you simultaneously checking your text messages, surfing the web, and eating? With technology at the center of our lives, and all of the other distractions   …Continue Reading Listening to the Birds Sing

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine! posted on Dec 12

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know,   …Continue Reading Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy posted on Nov 14

We tend to feel like we’re measured by how busy and productive we are. Why are these terms the gold standard of our value, and what if we measured our productivity and success in other ways – say by the quality of our relationships, our   …Continue Reading The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud!

Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud! posted on Oct 3

Hay algo especial al sostener un libro de papel y tinta en las manos. Me encanta la sensación y el olor de las páginas, y el hecho de que no hay un resplandor proveniente de la pantalla del computador o del teléfono. Es sólo el   …Continue Reading Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud!

Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment

Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment posted on Oct 1

Growing up, I played the drums. I loved the sounds I was creating, and the beats and rhythms gave me a sense of peace and stability. Drums were the rhythm of my life, helped me keep a steady pace, and provided a healthy balance between   …Continue Reading Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens posted on Sep 12

  Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled   …Continue Reading Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

De Volta Às Aulas: Dicas de Bem-Estar Mental para Pais e Pessoas que Cuidam de Adolescentes

De Volta Às Aulas: Dicas de Bem-Estar Mental para Pais e Pessoas que Cuidam de Adolescentes posted on Sep 9

As aulas recomeçaram, o que pode ser um momento estressante para pais e adolescentes. A transição do horário mais folgado do verão para um ano escolar novo, cheio de dever de casa, novos colegas e atividades programadas, pode causar uma mistura de ansiedade, expectativas e   …Continue Reading De Volta Às Aulas: Dicas de Bem-Estar Mental para Pais e Pessoas que Cuidam de Adolescentes

  Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled   …Continue Reading