What if there were simple activities you and your kids could do daily that would promote mental hygiene, in the same way tooth brushing promotes dental hygiene?
Stacey Mietus, APRN, CNP
(Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner)
I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) trained to provide medication management and therapy services across the lifespan. I am also a long-time yoga practitioner and meditator, and have training teaching both of these modalities to kids and families.
Brain floss takes this idea of mental hygiene and makes it tangible, with information and ideas on activities you and your family can do together to build your brains and - by building brain - also growing your resilience and mental well-being. At Brain Floss RX, there are two arms to this growth:
You can choose to engage in both arms of Brain Floss RX, or choose one or the other. I value both immensely and have personally found both to be vital to my own well-being.
A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
- the World Health Organization
You want the best for your kids and family, no matter what life brings; so do I. Sometimes mental well-being can be accomplished without medication, which is why I prefer to start with a recommendation of lifestyle modifications (exercise, sleep hygiene, healthy eating habits, etc.) and 8-12 weeks of therapy and parent coaching before making a decision to try medication. Sometimes, however, meds are needed sooner, or therapy alone is not sufficient.
I do not take the topic of medication lightly; what goes in is no laughing matter, especially for young people’s developing brains. When medications are needed, I take the time to talk over the risk/benefit analysis, answer any and all questions you may have, and discuss appropriate alternatives. As much as possible, I also always try to have an exit plan; not everyone needs lifelong medication treatment, so we will work together to find out what you need, and for how long.
Mindfulness is all the buzz these days, so a definition is in order. Meditation is a broad term for any contemplative practice that seeks to better understand the mind. Mindfulness is a skill set under the meditation umbrella. I practice and teach both in a completely secular manner.
There's quite a bit of hype out there about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, but here are the ones the research backs up: these practices support brain and immune health, support mental health - especially anxiety and depression, and improve pain tolerance.
The research into mindfulness with kids is limited at this time, but early findings indicate benefits will echo those in adults, as well as: improved ability to choose and maintain both behavior and focus, improved emotional regulation, and growth of self-acceptance and empathy.
Contact me through Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy & Wellness to schedule an appointment soon. Let them know you found me though Brain Floss RX!
Send me an email - brainflossRX@gmail.com - and let me know you're interested in discussing mindfulness training.
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