Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Happiness Chemicals for Positive Mental Health

Happiness Chemicals for Positive Mental Health

With everything going on in our world today, it is more important than ever to be mindful of our overall health and well-being, which not only affects how we think, act, and feel, but also how we are able to handle stress, relate to others, and make important choices for our families. If we are not feeling 100%, then our decisions may not be 100%. 

Take time to engage in healthy activities that can help create a hopeful mindset and maintain a safe, positive home environment during these unsettling times. Mental Health MATTERS, so check out the simple tasks posted above to help boost your mood!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Family-Friendly Summer Activities

Family-Friendly Summer Activities
suggested by our friends at Informed Families

Summer is finally here! We're all ready for a much needed break from homeschooling and looking forward to some fun. However, a less structured day and minimal supervision can spell trouble for some kids and teens.

Spending time together as a family is a great time to build healthy relationships. When you're enjoying activities with your kids, use it as an opportunity to talk and really listen to one another. The earlier you start connecting with your kids, the better. If your kids aren't used to talking to you about what's going on in their lives when they are 8 or 10 years old, it's harder to get them talking when they are 12-14 years old.

Check out the list of family-friendly summer activities below that are not only fun but also healthy and safe!

  • Do a puzzle – create a cozy puzzle corner so you can complete complex puzzles over time
  • Watch a documentary – Netflix and Disney+ has some great ones
  • Write a story or play – get those creative juices flowing
  • Listen to a podcast – check out NPR’s Wow in the World
  • Build with Legos or blocks – an all-time favorite for younger kids
  • Take a walk – hit the beach or a nature trail
  • Do yoga – Cosmic Kids Yoga combines yoga, mindfulness and storytelling
  • Have a dance party - take turns being the DJ!
  • Bike riding – have your kids map out the route beforehand
  • Play charades – everyone can join in the fun
  • Pray – pray through words, art or song
  • Listen to music or sing – share some of your favorites with your children, and listen to some of theirs
  • Write in a journal – a great activity for reflection & goal setting
  • Meditate – everyone benefits from taking time out each day to "unplugged", relax, and focus.
  • Create a gratitude or vision board – hang the completed masterpiece up where it can be seen everyday
  • Wash the family car – kids love to help out
  • Draw murals outside with colored chalk – the driveway or sidewalk is your canvas
  • Garden – start an herb or vegetable planter
  • Go through toys, clothes and books – decide what you can donate
  • Volunteer – help your kids develop empathy & compassion for others
  • Play board games – so many great ones to choose from
  • Cook dinner together – the Food Network has tons of kid-friendly recipes
  • Watch a movie – perfect for a family night in
  • Have a picnic – this can be as easy as spreading a blanket down in your backyard
  • Tell stories about old memories – a great way to create new memories too

Happy 4th of July
- Have a Safe Summer!