Last night I took my family to see the film Angst! A local mental health agency offered a free viewing at various theaters throughout the community, and extra credit for local middle schoolers who showed proof of attending. The film was about an hour long, consisting of a series of interviews of children, teens and adults who have struggled with or are currently struggling with anxiety. Overall it was a good experience! There was a nice combination of personal statements combined with the education piece, which was helpful to make the connection of how anxiety plays a role in your mind and throughout your body. I would recommend this film for parents to attend with their children. Great conversation starter for families too!!
This past Saturday my colleague, Mary Kennard, and I spent the morning working with a lovely group of middle school aged girls. This is a wonderful age of self-exploration and independence. With that, there are still so many challenges that girls (and boys) begin to face. Some of the topics we addressed this weekend included body image, self-confidence, social pressures, and what brings us genuine happiness! We discussed gratitude, positive self-talk and also created action vision boards. Overall a great day! A big thank you to Athena Rising for providing such a wonderful space to facilitate our workshop!
There is something so special about the early morning and starting the day with the sunrise! Sets the tone for a good day, whether you are outside exercising, journaling or just sipping a cup of coffee. I find that when I wake up early and engage in self-care of some sort I make healthier choices throughout the rest of the day and am overall in a better state of mind.