Saturday, April 03, 2021

Creating a Mindful Bath

 


Mindfulness is a new term for an old experience: conscious awareness.

 When we engage in being mindful, we try to get in touch with the textures of our inner thoughts and feelings—as well as the outer experiences we feel in the world.

Immersion, an experience that heightens your awareness but also offers relaxation, is an ideal way to practice mindfulness. Be it a quiet walk in the rain. Yoga. Meditation. Breathing deeply before you wake up or go to bed. When you want a moment to relax and be mindful, taking a warm bath can be a great tool to add to your mindfulness repertoire.

Read more here...

Friday, March 12, 2021

"The Ninth Session" Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ninth Session by Deborah Serani

The Ninth Session

by Deborah Serani

Giveaway ends March 31, 2021.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Monday, February 01, 2021

"Sometimes When I'm Mad" Cover Art



Happy to share the cover art to my forthcoming 2022 children's picture book, "Sometimes When I'm Mad." 

It will be the second book in a series authored by me, and illustrated by Kyra Teis at Free Spirit Publishing.

Check our more here 




 

Monday, January 04, 2021

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, where we celebrate mentors and the power of helping others.

Being a mentor means offering guidance and hope. And there are few relationships in life that are more influential than those between a mentor and a young person. 

I've had many mentors in my life growing up. A person who took a unique interest in me, fostered my growth and guided me onward.

I've also been a mentor to many. The experience has been so rewarding and meaningful to me. In fact, research shows that mentoring is an extraordinary experience for all involved.

Be mentor.

Change a life.


And transform your own.


Wednesday, December 02, 2020

How to Stay Positive During the Holiday Season


I came across this post from Positive Perspectives years ago, but it's still so relevant. Check out Lucy MacDonald's book, Learn to Be an Optimist, for even more positive ways of coping.

Whatever holiday on your calendar in December - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa - it is sometimes is a challenge to stay positive in the midst of the commercialism and general hub-bub. Here are a few ways to stay positive during the holidays:

1. Avoid overscheduling yourself. Use an agenda to keep track of your holiday commitments so that you can physically see what you are committing yourself to. Along with your commitments to others make sure to include some downtime for yourself - even if it is half an hour here and there. Knowing that you have some personal time will help you to stay positive.

2. Lower your expectations. Don’t strive for perfection, good enough is okay. Don’t expect your family to be perfect during the holidays. Be realistic about who they are and what your relationship is like with them all year around. That is especially true of blended and step-families.

3. Make a budget and stick to it. The price of the gift is not equal to how much you love them. Focus on the people that you care about instead of the stuff that really doesn’t matter. Beware of the joy-to-stuff ratio: more stuff does not equal more joy.

4. Spread your socializing in the months after the holidays. Don’t try to pack a year’s worth of socializing into a few weeks. Start a new tradition with friends and make a date with friends for mid January or early February.

5. Get as much sleep as you can. Schedule one or two pajama days for yourself or for the whole family - stay in your pj's and stay home and give yourself permission to rest and enjoy some time together without rushing about.Holidays are for celebrating what is truly important to you, your family, and friends. Make it the holiday you want it to be and chances are you will keep a positive attitude. 



Wednesday, November 04, 2020

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2020




In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s 1972 suicide, introduced a new resolution into the US Senate. With its passage, the US Congress designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day - an awareness day that reaches out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide.


National Survivors of Suicide Day has evolved into a global awareness day called International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day thanks to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. 

Sometimes called "Survivor Day," this November 21st will find children and adults affected by suicide loss gathering around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and heal. 

To find a local Survivor Day event near you, link here
Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide. 
Every 41 seconds someone tries to understand that loss. 

If you need help, are suicidal or feeling hopeless, please dial 988 
or 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

October 4th -10th is Mental Health Awareness Week

 


In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness  campaign to raise mental illness awareness. 

Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined NAMI in the effort to educate the public about mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4 – 10 and year’s theme is  What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” 

Please watch my TEDx talk about what I'd like you to know about depression from my personal and professional view:




Tuesday, September 08, 2020

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day


Thursday, September 10, 2020 is World Suicide Awareness Day. 

Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. This means suicide is responsible for almost one million deaths every year across the globe.

Another way to look at this is how Dr. Catherine Le Gal├Ęs-Camus, from the World Health Organization , describes the rate of suicide each year: "Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined."

Click here for warning signs you can learn about. 


Psych Central offers a great list of suicide resources as does the International Association for Suicide Prevention

URGENT TELEPHONE CELL PHONE CONTACT

Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, every day, to help you or someone you love find help.

1800 273 TALK   

1800 273 8255

URGENT CELL PHONE TEXT CONTACT

If you would rather text than talk, the Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, every day. 

Text HELLO to 741741 to connect