Meditation in 5

Some of the feedback we consistently hear about implementing meditation and mindfulness into a daily routine is that it takes to long. So today, we’re giving you meditation in 5

Sit some place that is comfortable and quiet. Take a deep breath. Name:

5 things you can see

4 things you can hear

3 things you can touch

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste

Take a deep breath. Try completing this list with a favorite memory, thinking about your last vacation, or a place you’ve always wanted to visit. Notice how your body feels before and after. Mindfulness doesn’t have to take a long time to be effective. Our goal is to feel more relaxed and better connected to the moment and space we’re in. Sometime we just have to count to five.

Mindfulness with Kids

Often when people think about mindfulness there is a mental image of people sitting on pillows and being very still for a long period of time. That can be a difficult image to match with children, especially children who have a hard time self-regulating. For children and adolescents, mindfulness holds the extra benefit of encouraging them to be in touch with their emotions before they act on them. This is something that as parents, teachers, community members, we all hope that children learn: To think before you act. But yes, mindfulness takes on a different shape when we are talking about young children. They often need something extra to concentrate on or they may need to move. Books, like Moody Cow Meditates, or objects like lava lamps can help children learn to pay attention to their bodies, their breathing, and their emotions. These are also great activities to do as a family. Participating in these activities together sends the message that we all want to slow down, that feelings aren’t secrets, and that adults are “big enough and kind enough” to be with children as they figure out emotions.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an increasingly popular topic on TV, in workplaces, and in schools. Mindfulness is the idea of taking a dedicated space focus on how your body feels, what emotions you are having, and to make efforts to calm those physical and emotional aspects of ourselves. Mindfulness is an intentional slowing down, noticing our behaviors, and the way those behaviors impact our relationships. Mindfulness is by definition, a practice. It takes work and it is often very difficult in the beginning. We live in a society that moves constantly and we are accustomed to constant information and immediate results. Mindfulness is, in some ways, the exact opposite of that. This is a time/space/place to set aside all of the other outside noise and to just pay attention to ourselves. Mindfulness can look a lot of ways, and we’ll be discussing what some of those ways are in the next few days. Below is a review of 5 top mindfulness apps. When we are beginning to slow down it can be really helpful to have something that guides us in that process. Check these out and see what you think. If you have more questions about mindfulness, or are curious about how mindfulness might help with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationships, trauma symptoms, etc. give us a call.

Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention

What 2018 looks like for ABHS

In the world of behavioral health, we are often the blank slate that clients know very little about. We would like to take the opportunity to lift the curtain for a minute and talk about what we hope 2018 looks like for ABHS.

-Increased access to quality services for children, families, and adults: We’re working hard to ensure that we have qualified, well-trained, staff available to those who seek services from us. We’re expanding our staff to meet the needs of the greater community and to ensure that there are limited to no wait times for individuals to receive services. If someone is at the point that they need assistance, the last thing we want is to ask them to wait an excessive amount of time.

Increased availability of programs to meet the needs of diverse individuals: We have no belief that outpatient counseling is a one-size fits all solutions. We are dedicated to increasing the flexibility of our service delivery model to help everyone find better outcomes. Whether that be through the coordination of medication management, ABA services, or telemedicine; ABHS is hopes to increase its programs this year to better serve whoever may need support

Better collaboration: The best outcome in behavioral health is always achieved when there is a team of support surrounding a family. No one provider or agency can provide that alone. Our hope in this year is to continue building on our relationships in the community to ensure that we know of the best services available for clients, that we can work alongside other programs, and do our part to close gaps in the community.

 

What are your goals for 2018?