As part of my practice I read many books covering various topics. Most recently I read the EDA’s Big Book. It was incredibly eye opening professionally but to be honest personally as well. I look forward to continuing to learn more about eating disorders, and to anyone struggling this book is a great place to start.
I recently spent some time with a wonderful group of girls from a local National Charity League discussing the challenges they are experiencing during this difficult time. I think it is so important to acknowledge the ambiguous losses, the stressors from of all the uncertainty and the many changes going forward that this age group will have to face. I’m glad to see resiliency, positive outlook’s and how this time has given so many teens a new perspective on life 🙂
This year I have been thinking a lot about setting intentions rather then resolutions! Resolutions tend to lose their luster by the end of January and people generally feel as though they cannot keep them. There are a lot of “shoulds” with resolutions, which feel less personal and more like habits we should break, or things we should do more of….this just does not feel meaningful. For me intentions are more about the journey. They are personal and stem from how someone may want to better their life. Through our journey comes growth and genuine change! So set your intentions, write them down, visualize them, and enjoy your journey down 2020!!
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!