A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

Looking to help their kids navigate the pressures of social media — without pulling the plug on the positives we spoke to Dr. Michelle Maidenberg who maintains a private practice in Harrison, NY, and is the president and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She is an adjunct graduate professor of Mindfulness at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and author of Free Your Child From Overeating.

Is social media really the cause of all this anxiety? It’s complicated. Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens.

Twenge’s research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide. And that’s regardless of the content consumed. Whether teens are watching cat videos or looking at something more serious, the amount of screen time — not the specific content — goes hand in hand with the higher instances of depression.

A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

I have read articles recently describing how we are becoming immune to all the chaos. Although coping by way of cutting off my feelings could come in handy right about now, I’m finding it impossible to ignore or distract from them. Just as an atrocity passes, it seems like another follows soon afterwards. In the past several weeks our news has been flooded with attempted terrorist attacks, mass murders, hate crimes, raging forest fires, among other things. I find myself and my patients relying on a combination of coping skills including ignoring, distracting, or being dismissive of our feelings. Along with feeling profoundly saddened and mournful, and becoming considerably anxious about the possibility of these atrocities directly impacting us, our families and those we know and love. Read more.

Have a mindful and Happy New Year. Guided Meditation For Mindful Parenting (click to listen). Sit comfortably and gently close your eyes. Mindful Meditation

Dr Michelle Maidenberg

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New Year, New Me: Our New Year’s Resolutions

Our team at Social Stylate waved goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017 with open arms! See what us gals have in mind for our New Year’s Resolutions, we are ready for all of the new beginnings and challenges along the way. Bring on 2017!

New Year's ResolutionLauren’s Resolution: 
“Since I’m having a baby this year (crazy!) I want to be better at shutting off my brain and maintaining a “be here now” philosophy: putting away the cell phone, turning off work and focusing on the moment.”

New Year Resolution Carroll’s Resolution:
“With my busy schedule I would like to make more time for yoga and travel.”

New Year Resolution: SydneySydney’s Resolution:
“I’m trying to work on embracing new experiences and trying new things.”

New Year Resolution: Kelly Kelly’s Resolution:
“I would like to work on staying more organized; starting with making a monthly, weekly, and daily to do list.”

New Year Resolution: Aly Aly’s Resolution:
“In the past years, I have always made my New Year’s Resolution about working out and getting back into shape, but never followed through. This year, I am determined to stick with my resolution by creating a workout plan, eating healthy and working towards being my happiest/best self in my personal life and with my career.”

New Year Resolution: Jordan Jordan’s Resolution:
“With my swimming career coming to an end this spring, my resolution is to focus more on living a healthy lifestyle by cooking more often and trying new healthy recipes and staying active by taking yoga classes and running.”

New Year's Resolution: ColleenColleen’s Resolutions:
“Drink more water. The implications of drinking more water go beyond just staying hydrated. It also helps curb your appetite to avoid eating from boredom. It also helps keep your skin looking bright and healthy! Also, to think more positively. It goes without saying that if your thoughts are more positive, you’re going to have a more positive life experience. Negativity consumes a lot of energy, so why waste energy on focusing on the bad when you can focus on the good!”

New Year's Resolutions: RachelRachel’s Resolution:
“Getting back to the gym and working on my fitness because it’s always been important to me and I’ve been in such a lull lately with it.. I’m excited to get back on track. I’m also going to work really hard in school and in setting up a job after graduation! My goal is to work really hard now so that future me can really benefit from it.”

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10 Things We’re Loving In January

January Mood Board

1. A new year means a new planner and we love this one by Sugar Paper.

2. After the holiday season, wearing winter whites is our version of a detox and Net-a-Porter provided the perfect inspiration.

3. Taking a break from stacking rings, you’ll find us rocking just statement pieces like this gorgeous rose quartz Nima ring.

4. Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne‘s is a subtle seducer that’s fresh, with hints of peonies, jasmine, rose and gillyflower mixed with juicy red apple.

5. Keep dry lips from chapping with Fresh Sugar Lip Balm. Every flavor is a favorite.

6. After our visit to see the costumes at Winterthur, we’re more excited than ever for Downton Abbey’s return on Sunday, January 4th.

7. Amy Poehler wrote her first book, a memoir titled Yes Please, and it’s sure to be funny, smart, and frank. Cannot wait to dive in.

8. On Sunday, January 11th, pour a glass of red and gear up for the return of Tina and Amy has they host the Golden Globes. We’re big fans of these two.

9. Thank god for cute and cozy boots. The cold weather is here!

10. Moisturizing winter skin is key and this lightweight lotion by Philosophy will leave skin feeling soft and hydrated.

 

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