May 2013 Mindfulness and Mood Boosting Tips from Ilana D. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Mothers’ day has just passed. In our society, we take one day a year to honor mothers, the source of life and nurture for all of humanity. Mothers provide a safe base for their children from which to joyfully explore the world. Mothering can be the most fulfilling job in the world, as well as the most difficult. As a mother, it is important to honor the work that you do every day in nurturing happy and healthy children. Honoring your own mother’s contribution to your life can help increase your feelings of gratitude, which helps you feel good. Alternatively, honor that female in your life that you love and respect most.
Mindfulness, stress relief and mood boosting tips from Dr. Rosenberg:
Life gets stressful and we can’t control that. The key is to learn how to be in control of your thoughts and reactions so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Here are a few tips about what to do when you feel stressed out or unhappy:
- Inhale through your mouth as if you are breathing through a straw. Focus on the coolness of the air entering your body. Hold your breath for a few seconds and then exhale slowly through your nose. Notice how the air is warmer on the way out then it was on the way in.
- Take a moment and feel your feet touching the floor. Pay attention to the texture, temperature and pressure they are feeling. Just notice that sensation.
- Make a list of the top 5-10 things that you like about yourself. It can be anything, like: I try to be kind to others, or I have nice hair.
Mindfulness for children:
- Teach children to get calm when upset by pretending they are sniffing a sweet smelling flower. (Make sure they exhale slowly too). Teach children that you can’t think of a solution to a problem until you are calm.
Dr. Rosenberg treats individuals with: anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties and trauma. She works with adults, teens, and children.
Dr. Rosenberg also has special expertise working with mothers of newborns and children of all ages.
Her therapeutic method combines working with individuals’ strengths and mindfulness training. This approach helps people experience an increased sense of well-being quickly.