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“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less”-Kurt Hahn #dreams #habits #motivation #monday #mentalhealth #routines #smallsteps #selfcare

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s easy to get stuck in our every day routines, yet we may find ourselves dreaming of doing something bigger, more challenging or fulfilling in our lives.  Then it’s easy to get stuck believing those dreams are unattainable and continue to not act towards them thinking our ideas may be silly and invaluable.  You are capable of being and doing more than you think!

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to not settle for your daily routine or unhealthy habits.  Make 1 change each day this week to add value to your life in a small, yet meaningful way.  I promise you that no matter how small, it can add significant value to motivating yourself making those dreams a reality.  This could be stopping yourself from eating the whole container of french fries by leaving 3-5 pieces behind.  It could be walking your dog one block further than usual, eating lunch someplace else besides your desk or putting away your cellphone when you are spending time with your kids.  Whatever it is, once it’s done, you know you are capable of more than you think, don’t settle for less!

Happy Labor Day! Importance of self-care and mindful events coming up…

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy Labor Day!

Our weekly Blogspiration will be back online next week.

In the meantime…

The Peace in Progress Mindful Event Series is Back for Fall 2018!

Adult Program:

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All events take place in our Toms River office.  Ages 13+.

The cost is $35 and includes light snacks, all supplies and mindful techniques by a licensed therapist. Bring a friend!

  • Make a Zen Garden: Create your very own zen garden and learn about what you choose to put in your garden means about your personality.
  • Color Me Mindful: Engage in mindful adult coloring followed by a guided meditation, our most popular event!
  • Mindful Beading: Relax and create a bracelet while learning about mindful-tasking, perfect for treating yourself or a holiday gift!
  • Vision Boarding: Get ahead of 2019 by laying out your goals for inspiration and motivation.

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Kids Program:

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All events take place in our Toms River office and are 1hr long.  Ages 8-12

The cost is $35 and includes light snacks, all supplies and mindful techniques by a licensed therapist.

  • Make a Zen Garden: Create your very own zen garden and learn about what you choose to put in your garden means about your personality.
  • Color Me Mindful: Engage in mindful adult coloring followed by a guided meditation, our most popular event!
  • Mindful Beading: Relax and create a bracelet while learning about mindful-tasking, perfect for treating yourself or a holiday gift!
  • Vision Boarding: Get ahead of 2019 by laying out your goals for inspiration and motivation.

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“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off”-Demi Lovato #demilovato #recovery #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #selfcare #selftalk #mindfulness #awareness #habits

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s easy to look at this quote and think of someone recovering from substance abuse, but recovery runs in many places…eating disorders, health issues, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, workaholics, anger issues, communication issues, changing habits, forgiveness, grief etc.  No matter what you are recovering from in your life, there is work to do every day in daily changes.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to help yourself or reach out to someone else who is in a recovery place and help them in any way you can, even if it’s just providing words of encouragement.  Recovery can be difficult and uncomfortable, change is hard, but not impossible.  If you are recovering from something, all of us who read this are sending you the positive vibes and energy you need to keep those little changes going today for a better tomorrow!

“if you are waiting for a sign, this is it!”-Anonymous #selfcare #inspiration #motivation #goals #excuses #responsibility #opportunity #action #choices #signs

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I love this quote so much that it is in our Howell office waiting area. It pretty much speaks for itself…it’s so easy to make excuses to avoid time for ourselves or to take a step towards our goals.  This Blogsipration is your sign!  This is it!

The challenge this week is to pick any one goal you want to work on.  Summer is the most common time to make excuses not to reach our goals, so this is more motivation to get back on track.  What is 1 thing you can do tomorrow to work towards a goal?  Perhaps it’s going for a walk to get in better shape, read a chapter in a book or call an old friend to network with for a potential job. Whatever it is, pencil it in your planner, set an alarm on your phone and let the action begin tomorrow!  You got this, let’s get started!

“Stop a moment, cease your work, look around you”-Leo Tolstoy #mindfulness #awareness #selfcare #perspective #patience #mentalhealth #anxiety #moments #digitaldetox #anxiety #depression #priorities #focus #recovery

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

This quote is so simple, yet extremely powerful in the digital world we live in.  Most of the time, our heads are down, looking at screens for work, organization, communication or entertainment.  All of these little moments on our phones, computers and gaming devices add up to hours and days lost of our lives even though we are in a constant state of “I don’t have time!”

This quote is not about time management.  The challenge this week is about lifting your head up once in a while and take notice of what is happening around you, how you feel, the pace of your breath, etc.  These small moments of being mindful and aware are a chance to recover your mind, replenish your spirit and enhance your focus on the next task.  If you’d like, keep a log at what happens when you take these moments.  I think you’ll discover a lot about yourself and others in these mini breaks throughout your day.

“Don’t ask why someone keeps hurting you, ask why you keep letting them” – Karen Salmansohn #mentalhealth #selfcare #choice #relationships #hurt #mindfulness #energy #anxiety #awareness #change #motivation #resilience

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We are only human…and what that means is that we gravitate towards others and feel lonely in isolation.  When someone hurts us, it’s easy to over think, get stuck on what was said and let it affect you personally, emotionally, etc.  When people hurt us, we always play a part even if we are just the audience.  Ultimately we have a choice…we can choose to change our perspective and become more resilient, we can be assertive and let this person know we are being hurt or we can be creative and find another way to attempt to work through or leave a hurtful situation.

The challenge this week is if you are hurt by someone, decide what you are going to do about it.  For example, if your boss is in a sour mood and minimized your work on a large project, reassure yourself that you did a great job and leave those thoughts at work so when you go home you can focus on other priorities.  Your time and energy, even in your mind is valuable.  We don’t want to waste precious energy on the people who bring hurt and negativity into our lives.  Shift your focus to your goals, dreams and the people who make you smile. 🙂

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”-Willy Wonka #selfcare #inthemoment #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #play #inspiration #motivation #beyourself #fun

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Here we are in the middle of summer, a cherished time here in the Northeast.  Are you having some fun?  If not, this is your wakeup call…play is important not just to rejuvenate your mind and spirit, but creativity can help you think up solutions for work, feel happier and even inspire you in ways.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to do something fun you wouldn’t normally do.  Whatever it is, make the time for it and when it’s done let your mind wander.  I hope you are inspired and motivated to take your inner being to the next level whether it’s completing a project at work, putting yourself out there to date or doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Have fun with it and be yourself!

“We suffer less when we let go of planning ahead to feel poorly”-Hale Dwoskin #selfcare #selftalk #motivation #mentalhealth #anxiety #awareness #mindfulness #anxiety #bepositive #letitgo

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to stop talking down to yourself, telling yourself that things will not go well, you are going to mess something up or you are sure something isn’t going to work out!  If you can let go of any negativity and be open to the present you may surprise yourself.  Imagine how different things would be if you only told yourself that everything would most likely work out and gave yourself compliments?

Sometimes people like to psyche themselves out, planning in their head for the worst so that when life happens it either doesn’t surprise them or they believe negative words will act as motivation.  Let’s experiment…be nicer to yourself, take solace in that you do not know what exactly to expect. Stop planning for the worst if  you do and take things as they come in a confident and open way. Whatever happens you can handle, will work through and can let go of the negativity.

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world”-Buddha #buddha #mentalhealth #kindness #moments #mindfulness #change #motivation #goals #zen

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

This is a very powerful quote that works from the place of the present, bringing a perspective that each moment is something to be cherished.  Of course when you are sitting in traffic on the parkway and someone just cut you off when you are already late,  zen like moments seem like they are only for yogis living in another country meditating on some cliff overlooking the sunset while your shoulders are up to your ears in tension and coffee just spilled on your new expensive white pants.

My point here is that not all moments can be great and change lives, but some can.  Be aware of when those moments arise to take 30 seconds for 1 deep breath, 1 minute to give your kid a hug, 5 minutes to ask your partner how their day way, 10 minutes to call a friend, etc.  Translate whatever moment for whatever time for you, your family, your friends or even for strangers.  It’s not costly to say hi, open a door or just smile passing by, but it is rich.  The Blogspiration challenge this week is for 7 days to “catch” a moment each day of kindness to yourself or others.  I’m hoping you find that a moment goes a long way…

“You must stop thinking that just because you are working hard, you are accomplishing something”-Sheri Riley #mindfulness #mentalhealth #accomplishment #burnout #selfcare #awareness #effectiveness #priorities #timemanagement

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

At times, we may feel like we work hard and at the end of the day do not feel accomplished or valued for our efforts.  There are millions of articles and books on time management these days, but not many that focus on our own rhythms of energy or how to use our strengths effectively.  For example, if you are night owl, but your job requires you to be at the office at 6am, you may not be operating at the most effective level.  If you are a full-time parent, when you put your kids to bed at night you may not be able to see the results of feeding them broccoli instead of pizza, etc.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is to take a look at your daily habits vs. your daily goals and figure out what gives you energy and drains your energy.  Is there anything you can do to make things easier?  Maybe it’s asking for help, maybe it’s not making your kid’s bed because you’re the only one who cares that it’s made, maybe it’s crossing out most of your to do list and keeping only the top 3 priority items.  Whatever it is, remember that you are human and not a machine.  You simply cannot do everything and most of us have things we do that do not matter in the long run.  What are your top 3 priority matters today?-if you focus only on those I think you’ll feel like you’ve worked less for more. Being burnt out and feeling drained will not help anyone or yourself.  By working smarter, figuring out what matters most and making time for what gives you energy will make a valuable difference in how you feel and how you value your time because YOU matter!