Why some kids are happier right now, and other unexpected effects of quarantine

April 29th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

(CNN) — Like most parents, Seagal Hagege, a mom of three in Irvine, California, wasn’t exactly looking forward to sheltering in place. Together all day? In one house? How would the kids respond? Much better than she could have ever imagined, it turns out. Over the course of the past month, she said her kids, ages 8, 7 and 4, have become better behaved, kinder to … Continue reading

Learning Through Play: 101 Ways To Keep Young Minds Occupied At Home

March 31st, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Parents, right off the bat, let me say that there is no right way to be feeling about the current situation. Relief, anxiety, excitement, dread are all normal. We’re all figuring this out as we go along and doing the best we can. Virtual high-five! This is not a homeschooling post per se. This is about the importance of play as learning, and letting our kids … Continue reading

Mindfulness during the coronavirus: Harvard professor’s tips to help lower anxiety

March 15th, 2020 - By Melisa in Anxiety, Uncategorized

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to disrupt life as we know it.  As the World Health Organization officially declared the virus a “pandemic,” cities across the country are implementing preventative measures, like “social distancing,” to try to mitigate the number of cases. To combat the scary news and anxiety around it, meditation and mindfulness can be your best friends. Read full article: ABC Action News, “Mindfulness during … Continue reading

The benefits of mindful parenting

January 23rd, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

In practice, mindful parenting can take many forms: paying more attention to your child; being aware of your own feelings during times of conflict; and considering things from your child’s perspective, even if it’s different than yours. The bigger mindful parenting picture, though, is about savoring moments with your children — often the mundane daily tasks that you might typically rush through. Read full article: … Continue reading

New Hope for Migraine Sufferers

January 16th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

If you live with or work with someone who suffers from migraine, there’s something very important you should know: A migraine is not “just a headache,” as many seem to think. Nor is it something most sufferers can simply ignore. And if you are a migraine sufferer, there’s something potentially life-changing that you should know: There are now a number of medications available that can either prevent … Continue reading

Can We Choose to Fall Out of Love?

December 3rd, 2019 - By Melisa in Neurofeedback News, Uncategorized

The singer and rapper Dessa had been writing songs about heartbreak for years, as she waded through a volatile relationship and a protracted breakup. One night, inspired by a TED talk, she decided to see if studying her brain could help her fall out of love. Watch full TED talk by DESSA, Can We Choose to Fall Out of Love? 

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

November 25th, 2019 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus. That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back? Read full article: getpocket.com, … Continue reading

Time passes faster for meditators, leaves them unable to accurately judge time

November 21st, 2019 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

A recent study asked people to estimate short and long intervals of time after completing a mindfulness meditation exercise. The results showed that all the participants reported that time seemed to pass more quickly than it did in reality. Neuroscience research shows that meditation can help reduce anxiety and increase happiness. Read full article: Bigthink.com, “Time passes faster for meditators, leaves them unable to accurately … Continue reading