Anna Marie Rossi https://annamarierossimft.com Therapist for Children and Teens Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:32:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 LAZY DAYS of SUMMER https://annamarierossimft.com/?p=64 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:33:24 +0000 https://annamarierossimft.com/?p=64 Ok, so now summer is here. We have been looking forward to it all year, and it has finally arrived…YAY! But wait, now I am BORED. I mean it is fun to do absolutely nothing but watch Netflix all day for a while, but then…it gets old. It is also just not possible to plan […]

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Ok, so now summer is here. We have been looking forward to it all year, and it has finally arrived…YAY! But wait, now I am BORED. I mean it is fun to do absolutely nothing but watch Netflix all day for a while, but then…it gets old. It is also just not possible to plan fun events with friends, like the beach, pool days, and shopping every single day. So on those “off” days what do we do to avoid that unpleasant feeling of BOREDOM.

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Well, sometimes one of the main triggers for boredom is thinking about what others are doing that seems WAY more fun than what we are doing. In our social media saturated world, we can often see pictures of what others are doing, or read posts or tweets about the “super fun beach day with the girls” or “Fab shopping day with my BFF.” We get slapped in the face by all the cool stuff others are doing, which can leave us feeling sad, bored, and maybe a bit frustrated.

Maybe sitting at home was kind of relaxing, and you were enjoying time to yourself… until you compared this to what another person is doing. Now, all of a sudden, what you’re doing is not enough. This is the slippery slope of comparing ourselves to others. We become less satisfied with ourselves. So how do we stop this pattern? Well for some it helps to take a break from social media…PUT DOWN the phone!!! Then make a schedule for yourself- you can schedule things like watch TV, read, make lunch, go hang out at a local coffee shop, go for a walk, etc. So the idea is to give yourself a schedule even when you have nothing that you HAVE to do! Then practice the mantra- WHAT I AM DOING IS ENOUGH.” We always think others are doing more than us, or we are wasting our summer…so this mantra helps us feel satisfied in the moment.

I hope this helps!

Anna

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Stress Less During FINALS https://annamarierossimft.com/?p=46 Fri, 29 May 2015 19:16:33 +0000 https://annamarierossimft.com/?p=46 It’s that time again, the inevitable end of year final exams are here. I always thought this round of finals were the hardest because the summer sun is starting to show it’s face, summer plans are well underway, and mental fatigue sets in because it has been a long, long school year…. So, how do […]

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It’s that time again, the inevitable end of year final exams are here. I always thought this round of finals were the hardest because the summer sun is starting to show it’s face, summer plans are well underway, and mental fatigue sets in because it has been a long, long school year….

So, how do we buckle down for the last few days/weeks of school and manage the stress that accompanies the big bad F-word….FINALS! Well, first of all, set aside time to daydream and plan for summer- we don’t want to force ourselves to ignore those pleasant thoughts because then, all of sudden they will be the only thing we can think about…it’s funny how that works, right?
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Then also set aside time to study, make a schedule for yourself, including rewards for your hard work. I always liked to study let’s say History for 2 hours and then go for a walk around the block and then have a big glass of iced tea while sitting on the patio! Then go back to my room and study Chemistry for 2 hours and then watch one episode of my favorite show! You get the idea…rewards go a long way- they provide a break for our brain AND if you choose relaxing activities they can also significantly reduce stress levels making the time you study even more effective.

STRESSED Brain = SUPER CLOUDY Brain

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Lastly when you are studying, notice your posture, notice your breathing patterns…if you’re like me, your shoulders are probably quickly approaching your ears, your back has a slight slouch,  your jaw is clenched, and your brow just might have a few wrinkles in it 🙂 Your breathing is probably very shallow, you may even be holding your breath…you get the picture. So now, notice how YOU sit and breathe while studying and then think to yourself as you focus on each tense area of your body “LET GO, RELAX, BREATHE.” Try it with me now, breathe in for the count of 5, 1-2-3-4-5, Hold it, and now breathe out for 5, 5-4-3-2-1. Now repeat that 3 times!

Go get em’! You got this!

Anna

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