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Self-Care: Taking on the Gratitude Challenge

Beth Hess - Friday, November 16, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC From time to time when I encounter a challenging moment or when someone I hold dear is struggling, I think of a particular song from The Sound of Music, a movie musical I enjoyed as a child. The song is “My Favorite Things” and goes like this: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and war ..

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Self-Care: Why Not Give Poetry a Try?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The vibrant season. Chroma of amber and rust. Nature’s masterpiece. – Robyn Noble When we read this 3-line haiku poem on autumn, images of this season emerge in a different but very vivid way. Perhaps your memories of poetry involve school day English classes with required memorization that ..

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Self Care: Connecting with Nature

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 13, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The other day I took a few minutes to myself during a busy day to sit outside. I closed my eyes, and turned inward. Following my own breath and engaging my senses, I noticed the amazing waves of sound as the cicadas called to one another. Very soon I felt calmed and grounded by this experience. The sound came and went, ..

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Self-Care: When the Heat Gets to Be Too Much for You, Chill Out

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 26, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC We are deep into the summer now. Phew! What do you do with those kids when the temperatures soar and school is out? How do you keep your sanity and enjoy your family time as much as possible? We often get so preoccupied getting kids scheduled and constructively occupied that we forget that the down time of the summer  ..

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Self-Care: Combating Overwork

Beth Hess - Friday, May 25, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Are you thinking about work 24/7? Do you find yourself checking email after the end of the workday or during the weekend? Is there no end to your workday? If you answered, “yes,” you are not alone. Overwork has become a common American phenomenon. Here are some interesting statistics: In a recent national survey, 5 ..

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Self-Care: Nurturing Resiliency

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds – trauma, tragedy, personal crises -- and bounce back. It is not a personality trait, but rather a skill we build over time. It helps us to find joy again even after life’s greatest hardships knock us down. Recent books and publications have brought r ..

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Self-Care for Seasonal Changes

Beth Hess - Friday, February 23, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Last month, we presented options and opportunities to survive the winter doldrums (/blog/getting-on-the-other-side-of-the-winter-doldrums). This month, we take a look at a more serious and lingering emotional and behavioral response to seasonal changes, Seasonal Affective Disorder. As described on the National Institu ..

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Getting on the Other Side of the Winter Doldrums

Beth Hess - Thursday, January 11, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Winter has come! Last week brought the full fury of winter down on many parts of the country, particularly the East Coast. You might think the world is coming to an end with dire weather reports announcing the arrival of “bomb cyclones” and another polar vortex. Parents scramble to occupy their children at ho ..

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Self-Care: Top Five Recommendations to Take Us into the New Year

Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year. Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..

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Self-Care: Practicing Gratitude

Beth Hess - Monday, November 27, 2017
Perhaps you took a few moments to acknowledge what you are thankful for last Thursday or plan to include thankfulness as part of your holiday or year-end reflections. But did you know that when practiced regularly, gratitude is something that can benefit your body and mind? Studies have shown that the practice of gratitude can: Lower blood pressure Boost your imm ..

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