Summertime – What a wonderful time of year! As we plan for vacation and many outdoor activities and events, our mood tends to increase with anticipation. Here are some tips for maintaining your cool when it gets hot:
- Parents – always have various activities on hand when kids’ boredom sets in, either at home or in a vehicle. Portable dvd players, colouring books/crayons etc., even the old fashioned slinky or yo-yo can provide amusement.
- Take time to “chill”, even while on vacation. Meditation or simply 10 minutes of relaxed quiet time a couple of times a day will give your brain a rest… this includes power naps.
- Plan activities that bring fun and joy, connecting with family and friends. Don’t let the summer slip by without literally stopping to smell the flowers… too much work is too much work! We all need a break.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration comes fast when we are out in the heat… don’t forget the pets too!
- Resign yourself to the fact that travelling on the highways, especially to cottage country can be stressful. Give yourself extra time and let the “crazies” pass you, and enjoy the scenery. It’s all about mindset… don’t rush yourself!
- Wake up and choose to be happy, today. Don’t let anyone “ruffle your feathers”!
JUNE is Brain Injury Awareness Month
I encourage you to remember your helmets when you or your child is engaged in activities that can cause head trauma. Recently I have seen a backyard trampoline being used by children without safety netting… I cringe at the sight! Knowing first-hand how devastating a brain injury can be (my daughter sustained a brain injury), it is so important to take care of our beautiful brains!!! I also encourage you to support your local Brain Injury Association. They provide much-needed service to those who live with Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as their families in your community.
For some, it is very difficult to get past events from our childhood. While as adults we learn to accept our past traumas, and hopefully forgive those who have caused pain, our brains may be stuck in the trauma, creating over activation or imbalances which can prevent us from overcoming certain issues. These can manifest as depression, insomnia, addictions, anger, “freeze” or “fight or flight” response, focus and attention issues, and more.
Lee Gerdes, founder of Brainwave Optimization® and CEO of Brain State Technologies references a recent study which was published in the JAMA psychiatry journal discussing childhood trauma and substance abuse.
This is a fascinating article…
If you believe you or your child have effects of trauma, click here to schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation call, to determine whether Brainwave Optimization® is right for you.