School is beginning again next week for students and it is no surprise that there is an increase in anxiety at this time of the year. Students are worried what their classes will be like, will they meet expectations, pass exams, do well, or possibly get into college. Anxiety can affect students from kindergarten age all the way through high school. Students who are experiencing a large change, such as leaving elementary or middle school for middle school or high school, are especially susceptible to anxiety. Students who are headed to new schools may be wondering if they will make new friends or get used to the new school. This is a difficult time in the year for students and parents both.
But what can be done to relieve this anxiety?
1. Talk to your student
Let them know that the feelings they are experiencing are normal. It is always a challenge to go back to school, especially after a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Going back to school means going back to waking up early, completing work, and being focused for seven hours in the day. This can be difficult for children to get back into the routine of school. Encourage your student to share their feelings and express how the end of summer is making them feel.
2. Make going to school exciting
One thing that motivates children is a reward. Find a way to make going to school exciting for your child. Could you reward them for bringing home good grades with something such as staying up a bit later, going to the park or beach on the weekend, having an extra privilege, or getting to skip one chore a week? Children respond well to positive reinforcement and they will feel like they are getting something out of going to school and doing well.
3. Schedule a therapy session
Oftentimes, children can struggle talking to their parents about what is bothering them. They may feel judged or like they cannot open up. Therapy is a great option for children and teens who struggle with talking to their parents about what is bothering them. Your child will feel like their voice is heard and what they say is strictly confidential. Your child's therapist will help your child with communication skills, dealing with bullies, coping with anxiety, focusing strategies, dealing with depression, and any other issues that may be plaguing them. If you have a teenager, you may consider the Teen Support Group at Baummier Health that runs on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.
The back to school season can be very stressful, and it is important to have an outlet for that stress. Call Baummier Health at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to schedule your first appointment.
We at Baummier Health are so excited to announce that Charlie is ready to work with clients! Charlie has been in training to work as a therapy dog since October 2017. Charlie is a certified novice trick dog as well as a certified therapy dog. He is very gentle, loving, caring, and sweet. He loves to be petted and played with. He is talented with his tricks and can complete tricks such as "paws up!" and rolling a large foam die. Charlie can help you during your therapy session by offering additional emotional support and a furry shoulder to cry on if needed. Charlie's sweet demeanor can put a smile on anyone's face and help make your concerns seem a little less troublesome.
It is normal to feel anxious in situations such as a job interview, taking a test, or going on a first date. In these situations, we feel like we have to perform in front of others and that can be a very challenging task to accomplish. But when is anxiety too much to handle? If you are feeling as if your worries and fears are interrupting your life and preventing you from living the life you would like to be living, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.
What is anxiety? It is a normal reaction to perceived danger, and it triggers the fight-or-flight response that occurs when you face an immense amount of pressure. It can occur when you experience threats or stressful situations. When anxiety is moderate, it is not much of a problem. It is something we can deal with when it comes, and then it ends after the stressful situation is over. However, some people experience continual debilitating anxiety.
Anxiety can look differently in different people and there are some warning signs that may indicate you have anxiety. These signs include:
If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, do not hesitate to call Baummier Health today at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to schedule your first appointment. Our therapist can help you learn ways to cope and manage your anxiety.
Suicide has been in the news a lot in the past recent weeks, especially after the loss of two high profile celebrities to suicide. Suicide is difficult for those who are left behind as they can feel clueless as to why their loved one took their life. We can never know how someone is truly feeling without asking them, but there may be some hidden warning signs and symptoms to suicide we may not know about. Your Life Counts, a suicide prevention initiative, has identified the following potential warning signs that someone may be considering suicide:
At Baummier Health, we are here for you. Same and next day appointments are available and our therapist can work around your schedule to see you. Evening and weekend hours are available. Do not let yourself live in despair any longer. Contact 561-404-0082 ex 2 to get help for your depression today.
We experience so much stress in this day and age. It can feel never ending and very overwhelming. What can you do when you are feeling this way? Instead of turning to food or substances, practice meditation to improve your mood.
What is mindfulness? It is the practice of actively focusing your attention on the present moment, and removing all judgement from the moment. It can help reduce stress and improve relaxation. It can be practiced in multiple different ways. Meditation can be used for disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders. It also has physical benefits such as reducing blood pressure, improve the ability to sleep, and help with chronic pain.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Your therapist can read a script to you in which you follow along and squeeze and relax all of your muscles, one at a time. This helps you to flex and relax the muscles while releasing tension and stress in your body. This form of meditation can be so relaxing that it can put you to sleep at night. You can also practice this on your own by listening to podcasts or videos on Youtube.
Visualizing a safe space
In this exercise, you visual your happy, safe place. You will think about all aspects of the place, such as what you can hear, see, smell, taste, and feel. As an example, picture a beach. Imagine feeling the warm sun on your skin, the sand under your feet, and the cool water from the ocean. You may hear sounds such as seagulls, splashing of the waves, or children playing. You can smell the salt water and taste it as well. This is an exercise you can do during a difficult time at work or anywhere that you need to relax.
Another way to calm yourself down is by focusing on your breathing and practicing taking deep, calming breaths. So often we do not focus on our breathing and we end up taking shallow, quick breaths. By breathing in deeply from our noses, allowing the air to fill in our lungs, and then breathing out slowly, we are letting ourselves become more relaxed and reduce stress. Deep breathing helps us to calm down by giving our brains a chance to recharge while we focus on a simple biological process in our bodies: breathing in and out.
Want more ways to relax? Contact Baummier Health at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to schedule your appointment with our therapist. You will learn valuable relaxation techniques while reducing the stress in your life through the use of therapy.
When you have a bad day, you can feel absolutely awful. Nothing goes right and your level of frustration is at an all time high. It changes your mood and you are left feeling awful. But what happens when you stay in this heightened state of anger and frustration? Bad moods can increase levels of depression, affect our ability to be productive, increase levels of stress, and annoy and frustrate those around us. Here is how to cope when you are suffering from a bad mood.
Exercise is proven to increase mood because it releases endorphins and activates the dopamine neurotransmitters, which controls our brains' pleasure and reward centers. Dopamine motivates us to take action toward rewards. Even a brief 10 minute run can have positive effects on our mood, and the more often you exercise, the more often you will reap the benefits of a positive mood. You can squash a bad mood with a game of squash, weightlifting, or even a fun outdoor activity like kayaking.
2. Step outside
Going outside for a few minutes during your lunch break is a great way to improve your mood, especially if you can get to a nature area. A few minutes of sunshine each day can trigger the release of serotonin, a chemical in our bodies that helps to regulate mood. Taking a deep breath of fresh air and watching wildlife can also improve your mood as it clears your mind from what was preoccupying you. Plus, it gives you a much-needed break in your day and can re-energize you to return to work.
3. Play with a pet
Studies show that pets can make us feel better in many ways. Being in the presence of a pet for just 10 minutes can reduce blood pressure and raise the level of the bonding hormone, called oxytocin. Pets are compassionate and they can help during times of great stress, bereavement, and trauma. Pets make us smile, laugh, and forget what was worrying us. Consider planning more time to spend with your pet to make sure you grab these benefits on a daily basis.
4. Talk about it
When you hold in anger, frustration, or depression, these negative emotions keep building and building up until eventually they boil over and you explode at others. It is so important to share our feelings with someone we care about because we need to release these negative feelings to process them. Try talking to a trusted friend, spouse, coworker, parent, or therapist. You will feel like a weight is being lifted off of your shoulders and this will help to alleviate your negative mood.
At Baummier Health, we are committed to your mental health and wellbeing. You should not have to suffer with depression, anxiety, trauma, or whatever else may be ailing you. Call 561-404-0082 ex 2 today to schedule your first appointment.
Depression is an often talked about mental illness that affects approximately 1 in 5 Americans. Living with depression can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Even something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning and starting your day can seem like a chore. We all go through periods of low moods and feeling hopeless, but what are the common signs of true depression?
The following symptoms could indicate you have depression:
Luckily, depression can be treated with some help. You can take a test to see how severe your depression is. Check out the Beck Depression Inventory, linked at the bottom of this post, to see if you have symptoms of depression. Additionally, meeting with a therapist as well as discussing medication with your doctor are great ways to combat depression.
At Baummier Health, we are committed to your mental well being. We do not want you to suffer any longer with depression or any other concern you may have. Call us today to schedule your first appointment to start feeling better. Call us at 561-404-0082 ex 2 to meet with our therapist.
Starting therapy can be daunting and intimidating. How am I supposed to open up to someone I've never met before about my deepest secrets? Will what I say be kept private? These are common concerns you may have, and you have a right to your feelings. Luckily, I am here to answer the questions you may have.
1. Know your rights
When you are in therapy, you have a right to privacy. Your private health information is very important and confidentiality needs to be maintained. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, your medical records cannot be accessed by anyone else without your written consent. Everything said in therapy is confidential, except in cases where someone is planning to harm themselves or others, or if someone is in danger. These situations are the only times confidentiality may be broken and it is to ensure everyone's safety. You are allowed to express yourself knowing that your innermost thoughts and feelings are safe.
2. Understand that therapy is work
Therapy is working on identifying goals and making positive changes in your life. It can be an exciting time of self-discovery and the recognition of your true passions. However, change doesn't happen overnight and it requires some effort. Ask yourself this: has anything ever changed in my life all on its own? The answer is probably not. Every change you have made has taken time and work on your part, and therapy is no different. With a positive mindset and attitude, you can use therapy to help make the changes you wish to see in your life.
3. It may take a few sessions to feel connected to your therapist
Oftentimes we are driven by instant gratification. Why not do something that has an instant reward? While that can be very attractive, it is not the right mindset when entering therapy. We discussed that therapy takes work and effort, and it may take time to feel completely connected to your therapist. Allow yourself the opportunity to bond and get used to a new person in your life. Meet with your therapist at least four times to develop a rapport and bond. This is a change in your life and you need to allow yourself the chance to adapt to this change.
At Baummier Health, beginning therapy is easy. We understand you are going through something and that you need the best care available. You will be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity to your concerns. Make the decision that is best for you: call today to schedule your first appointment.