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Growing Season is Here!

Growing Season is Here! posted on Jun 2

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin, poet Spring is a time of transitions. The snow has melted (finally!),   …Continue Reading Growing Season is Here!

Building Your Resiliency

Building Your Resiliency posted on Apr 28

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung No matter your age, it’s possible that you’ve been through a lot in life. Perhaps you’ve had traumatic experiences, lost people who were very close to you,   …Continue Reading Building Your Resiliency

The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness

The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness posted on Apr 1

“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We write because writing is good for the soul…” – Author Julia Cameron When you’re in need of guidance, find direction at the tip of your   …Continue Reading The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness

Good News – Spring is Coming Soon!

Good News – Spring is Coming Soon! posted on Mar 4

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” ~Proverb This winter’s been tough. Mother Nature’s been downright cruel – testing our patience for months now. Some of us have seen more than five feet of snow dumped on us, disrupting routines and   …Continue Reading Good News – Spring is Coming Soon!

Relax With the Help of Your 5 Senses

Relax With the Help of Your 5 Senses posted on Feb 3

During times of stress, relief may literally be at the tip of your nose. Intentionally engaging our five senses – hearing, touch, smell, taste, and sight – are incredibly powerful tools in providing instant relief in a hectic world. Plus, they’re free! Are you a   …Continue Reading Relax With the Help of Your 5 Senses

Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs posted on Jan 7

Winter can be a hard time for many of us. The days are shorter, darkness sets in early, and oh yeah, it’s cold around here! The change in seasons wreaks havoc on many people. Some people feel more tired, sad, or anxious when there are   …Continue Reading Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

10 Foods That Fight Stress

10 Foods That Fight Stress posted on Nov 24

The holidays can be a time of fun, joy, and excitement with the festivities, decorations, and for many of us, time off to relax and recharge. The season can also bring mental and physical stress, be it traveling, spending time with family, and/or extra financial   …Continue Reading 10 Foods That Fight Stress

Just 5 Minutes in the Morning for a Smoother Day

Just 5 Minutes in the Morning for a Smoother Day posted on Oct 27

Perhaps your morning routine goes something like this: Jolt awake with a beeping alarm, brush your teeth, take a shower, eat breakfast, feed the cat, and rush out the door to make your train and get to work on time. This is quite a stressful   …Continue Reading Just 5 Minutes in the Morning for a Smoother Day

Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind

Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind posted on Sep 24

It can be hard to let go of things. Your favorite pair of jeans with big holes in the knees, those dusty books that have been on the shelf for years, or your old Beanie Baby collection from when you were a kid, for example.   …Continue Reading Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind

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 5

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