Saturday, May 01, 2021

May is Mental Health Month: Book Giveaway


To celebrate May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I'm offering a Book Giveaway at Goodreads. 

My award-winning book "Sometimes When I'm Sad" is a gentle and supportive story about pediatric sadness. In the United States alone, evidence suggests that up to 1% of babies, 4% of preschool-aged children, 5% of school-aged children, and 11% of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression. Reading about sadness in little ones can help children and adults recognize the symptoms early and reduce the onset of a depressive disorder. 

For more on Mental Health Awareness Month link here.

 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Audiobook: The Ninth Session by Deborah Serani

 


The moment psychotherapy changes your life.

Dr. Alicia Reese takes on a new patient. Lucas Ferro suffers with crippling anxiety, and as sessions progress, he begins to share the reasons why he's struggling. As Ferro's narrative becomes more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth. And, finally, when Ferro reveals his secrets, Reese learns how far she's willing to go, willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.

~ 2020 Winner, Suspense, New York City Big Book Awards

2020 Bronze Medal, Suspense, Readers' Favorite Book Awards

~ 2020 Finalist, Suspense, American Fiction Book Awards

2019 Winner, Suspense, Beverly Hills Book Awards®

2019 Finalist, Suspense, National Indie Excellence Book Awards

2019 Notable ReadShelf Unbound Best Indie Book Awards 

Join Audible Now and get my award-winning psychological suspense novel, "THE NINTH SESSION" for free!


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.

Enter Giveaway

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