Summertime: A Season of Action

06.04.2012

I’ve always been a fan of George Gershwin’s song Summertime from Porgy and Bess(although DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s ain’t bad). Is it not true, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy. . .So hush little baby don’t you cry.” As we usher in a new season of grilling, swimming pools, hot weather and summer trips, it’s generally a positive and happy time for all.

Summertime Is Grilling Time....In Lego City

 

Students often kick back and relax during the summer, putting off their summer reading list and hanging out with friends. Many adults tend to take their vacation time during the summer months to spend time with their family, enjoy the nice weather, or take the trip they have been planning all year for. Our friends in Europe simply all vacation at the same time during the month of August. Business and productivity is generally down in the summer months, and that’s just fine because that’s part of summer and living easy.

 

Many counselors also take advantage of the summers to travel, relax, and spend time with friends and family. Some of this may be by design, and for others it may just be due to “summer syndrome:” a good majority of their clients are feeling better, are on vacation, or living easy.

 

There is much to love about warmer weather, increased hours of daylight, and spending more time outdoors, all of these things contribute to better lifestyle, and better mental health. On the flip side my colleagues and I fully prepare for the return of old clients, new clients and referrals once the days become shorter, school begins, and the holidays season quickly approaching.

 

Summertime is naturally a great time to be “livin’ easy,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to “work hard, and play hard” as well. I would like to propose(and challenge) that summertime can also be a great time for dynamic change for the following reasons:

    1. Being proactive in the summer can prepare and pave the way for a successful fall and holiday season
    2. Due to the general fun summer activities, the balance of doing introspective work on self, and balancing with self care is easier than other seasons
    3. It’s very possible there is more availability for appointments with a counselor in the month of June than in October
    4. No one has ever regretted planning ahead or being proactive

 

Allow me to be a part of your proactive process this summer by reaching out to me today.

 

photo credit: bootoyz

Gaze into Your Crystal Ball

04.10.2012

We’re all familiar with the scene in movies where the clairvoyant woman with the long fingernails will wave her hand over her crystal ball. She will be able to “see the future” or help her clientele recall an event from the past. Most importantly, someone is seeing something significant. What would it be like if you can “see” into the future, or go back to a past event?

 

The beauty of our brain is that it’s capable of many extraordinary things. If you close your eyes and think of the Eiffel Tower, most people will able to “hold onto” a mental image. Perhaps it’s an image from our last visit to Paris, or perhaps it’s based on a series of photos or drawings we’ve seen of the iconic tower. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Game to Sports

04.03.2012

As I previously wrote, there is much hope in the spring. The spring is also an exciting time for sport enthusiasts. Opening Day at baseball stadiums is almost a rite of spring; practically a municipal holiday. With greener grass and warmer weather, competition at the high school and college level is starting up, whether it be track and field, soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse, etc. Youth leagues, travel leagues, and summer leagues will all be organizing.

 

The beauty of sports and these moments are made up of an individual’s excellence: clutch free throws, connecting on a much needed home run, a personal record as the last leg of a relay team, etc. These are all extraordinary moments by extraordinary athletes. Or are they? Read the rest of this entry »