May 25, 2017
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Scott Hammel, Ph.D., Co-Founder                  
Neuropsychologist/Psychologist
Children, Adolescents and Adults


Lisa Hammel, M.Ed., Co-Founder
Child Development Specialist
Educational & Parenting Consultant

 
   Fall is right around the corner, and we can certainly tell that by the increased activity of late. School is back in session, sports calendars have resumed, and many of us find our daily schedules tighter than usual.

   As we transition with the changing season, our colleague, Dr. Holland Miller, has some helpful tips. We are pleased to have her with us and hope you enjoy the following article. 


 As the new school year begins, and life gets hectic again, take some time with your child to build mindfulness skills so you both can meet life’s demands with more ease.  Here are a few mindful practices you can use to teach your child the art of experiencing the ups and downs of life in a healthier way.  To have the biggest impact, practice modeling these mindful techniques in front of, and alongside, your child. 
 
1. Mindful Breathing
 Awareness of our breath can be used as an anchor to bring us out of our heads and back to the present moment. During stressful moments, practicing relaxation breathing techniques helps you and your child release tension, ease anxiety, and enter a state of calm.  You both will feel more secure, in control of your thoughts and emotions, and better able to meet the demands of the situation.
 
2. Mindful Walking
 Throughout our day, there are plenty of opportunities to practice mindful walking. On walks together or apart, teach your child to use all of his or her five senses to explore the immediate surroundings – look for things you have never noticed before.  It’s incredible how this simply practice melts away your worries.
 
4. Mindful Eating
 When was the last time you and your child truly experienced the joy of eating?  All too often, we scarf down our food as we rush around.  With this practice, you are teaching your child to fully experience nourishment of mind, body, and soul, and establish healthier eating habits.  
 
5. A Mindful Mind
 This practice helps us to quiet our busy minds and simply observe and accept our passing thoughts, whatever they might be.  One specific practice, Thought Clouds, encourages kids to slow down and observe their passing thoughts without judgment; letting the thought clouds float on by.
 
6. The Art of Appreciation
 Teach your child how to shift from dissatisfaction to satisfaction.  In our lives, it’s so easy to get caught-up in what we don’t have. Together with your child, practice appreciation for all that you do have in your life.
                                                                         

 I hope you found these tips beneficial. For additional resources, please see the links found on our website www.nbaustin.com and within this newsletter, or for more in-depth assistance with managing stress, please contact our office at (512) 329-0087 for an appointment. 

   Warmly,
     
   Scott Hammel, Ph.D.                   Lisa Hammel, M.Ed.

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