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Take a Break: 30 seconds to a more relaxed you

June 21, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Think of a place where you feel happy and secure.

In 30 seconds you can:

Lean back, take slow deep breaths, close your eyes and think of a place where you feel peaceful and secure. Remember this place in great detail and continue taking slow deep breaths.

Or

Lean back, take slow deep breaths, close your eyes, tighten all the muscles in your body and hold this tension for 10 seconds.  Let go, breathe out, and shake out the tension in your body.

Or

Sit down with both feet on the ground, hands on your lap.  Breathe slowly in through your nose, out through your mouth. Focus on your breathing for 10
seconds. Repeat.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

This is the last post in our “Take a Break” series. In July, a new “Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act” series will run every Monday, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking ADA law.

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Take a Break: and remember what went right

June 14, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Did you hear something funny? Add it to your list of what went right today.

List the good things that have occurred today, for example:

Did you survive the day?
Did you hear something funny?
Did you get through the day without calling 911?

Perhaps you talked to someone who made you smile, or read something that made you think. Maybe you coaxed a smile from somebody else.

Did you call a friend, neighbor, or relative for help and they came?
Or did someone else cook a meal, or call to check on you?

You choose the good things you will remember about today. List them all!
Savor for 5 minutes, then hug yourself.

Good job!

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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Take a Break: Easy suggestions for finding some relaxation

June 1, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

A woman blows a soap bubble

Need a break? Here are some simple suggestions for maintaining your physical and mental health:

  • Take a walk
  • Go to the gym
  • Read something you don’t have to
  • Write in a journal or notebook
  • Write to a friend or family member
  • Take a hot bath or shower
  • Read the comics
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Read a joke book
  • Blow bubbles
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Use respite services
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make plans for a vacation
  • Read a favorite book
  • Relax
  • Go to the library
  • Have lunch with a friend
  • Go to a movie
  • Nap

Or list your own favorite way to grab a few minutes to yourself. Leave us a comment.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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Latest NewsFlash now available online

June 1, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Dr. Gina Cook has created the first of several outlines that will help Head Start teachers read more effectively with preschoolers who are also English language learners.

Dr. Gina Cook, a researcher with the CPD’s Early Intervention Research Institute, has developed the first of several outlines that will help children who are learning English to tell stories and boost their vocabulary. Read the whole story in this month’s newsletter.

Also featured in this month’s edition: disability-specific training for faith-based organizations. Read how to support the families of people with disabilities as they seek to practice their faith.

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Take A Break: and find some balance

May 24, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Here are some suggestions for regaining balance in your life.

This week’s Take A Break thought is about finding ways to boost your physical and mental well-being.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Meditate
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Exercise
  • Eat well-balanced nutritional meals
  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, nicotine,etc.)
  • Develop a consistent sleep routine
  • Take a nap
  • Spend time with others
  • Set realistic goals for yourself
  • Give yourself permission NOT to be super human.

Or list your own favorite way to find that peaceful place inside yourself. How do you find balance? Leave us a comment.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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