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A Family-Friendly Guide to Identifying and Reversing Nature-Deficit Disorder

Restoring Equilibrium to Restore Joy

Is your child experiencing one or more symptoms of depression, anxiety, or attention-deficit disorder? Does your child or teen spend much of his or her time indoors, rather than playing outside and exploring the natural world? If this sounds familiar, nature-deficit disorder (NDD) may be to blame. However, the following resources will help you to identify, understand, and reverse NDD while also teaching your child to appreciate the great outdoors. Read on to learn more!

Identifying and Understanding Nature-Deficit Disorder

While NDD isn’t a true medical disorder, the effects of less time spent outside can have a profound effect on a child’s development.

What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?

5 Science-Backed Reasons to Spend More Time in Nature

8 Ways Nature Helps Kids Learn

Backyard Activities

If your children balk at outdoor time, look for fun ways to help them appreciate nature right in your own backyard.

Have Fun Building a DIY Bird Bath

Enjoy Outdoor Activities that Inspire Learning

Create an Outdoor Gardening Studio for Kids

Play a Backyard Soccer Game

Outings to Appreciate Nature

Kids need to see more of the great outdoors in order to experience everything it has to offer. Look for adventure activities or educational opportunities.

6 Best Astronomy Tools for Observing the Night Sky

A Beginner’s Guide to Rock Climbing with Kids

4 Tips to Keep in Mind When Mountain Biking with Kids

15 Tips for Hiking with Children

Now that you’re familiar with NDD and the importance of getting your kids outdoors, it’s time to put one or more of these nature-based activities to the test. Your kids may resist at first, but they’ll one day realize that the digital world doesn’t even come close to everything nature has to offer.

  -article written by Justin Bennett. He can be reached at: jbennett@healthyfit.info

Dr. Shannan Crawford can empower you with the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to conquer the challenges you face. Call (817) 601-5540 to schedule an appointment.  

The Best New Skills and Hobbies for Any Stage of Life

Now is the BEST time to start!~

Ever wanted to learn a new skill or hobby, but never seemed to have the time? It’s easy to put things off, especially when life gets in the way. However, it can be incredibly rewarding to do something different, no matter your age, and in the process add another feather to your cap. Check out these hobby suggestions and the various benefits they offer, courtesy of Dr. Shannan Crawford.

Explore the Arts

There is much variety when it comes to the arts, and they can all be enjoyed as an individual or with friends. Whatever your age, immersing yourself in the arts can offer opportunities to translate long-held visions into reality. Have you long had an idea for a novel? A few minutes each day can accumulate to give you momentum to fulfill a literary dream. You might organize a reading club between friends to motivate yourself and others.

Painting, meanwhile, is a versatile medium. It comes in different forms, and can be developed by attending classes with friends, tutorials online, or even by doodling through an app on your smartphone. While it is easy to put off a project, there can be a great sense of accomplishment to come from putting your imagination into something tangible.

Discover a Craft

Crafting is an inexpensive pastime, but one which can be highly adaptable. Have too much free time? Or, even too little? A craft can be the perfect skill to acquire as a means to both occupy yourself and de-stress. There are countless options to choose from. Crafts are a great way to create gifts for your loved ones; you might give a try photography, or making jewelry or candles. You can even carve out a space in your home especially for designing your new pieces of art. An organized crafting area will inspire you to be creative and develop projects for yourself or loved ones.

Play an Instrument

Music brings joy, and association with our fondest memories. It can even be a comfort in times of stress. Additionally, Classic FM notes learning to play an instrument can be an excellent way to train the brain, and hone skills that can be applied to your life. It can provide stimulation, helping you improve memory and attention to detail. If you find that life is hectic, playing an instrument can also aid with time organization. You need patience and discipline to learn, attributes that modern life sometimes marginalizes.

 Train a Dog

Dogs are wonderful companions and fantastic additions to a home. If you are thinking of getting a dog, or want greater discipline from your current fur friend, then learning training techniques may be wise.

 When researching techniques, consider your own conditions. If you have any physical issues such as limited mobility, then you may want to focus on gesture commands. There are numerous websites for you to avail of, which cater to all types of dog owners. Plenty of videos offer precise instructions on how to familiarize your dog with both verbal and tacit commands, like “sit.”

Change Your Life

You’ve probably heard the quote, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” In other words, you may be able to leverage the passion and motivation to succeed with your hobby to create a new, full-time career that brings you joy each and every day. Of course, to become successful, you’ll have to begin treating your hobby like a business.

Many hobbyists fear turning their hobby into a business because they don’t possess the right skills. While business management, marketing, and accounting may not be your strong suits, there are plenty of online resources that will walk you through everything, from setting up a Texas LLC to creating a business plan to keeping track of your expenses. Of course, there are also consultants, lawyers, and freelancers who can help you with these tasks if you would rather pay to have them done for you.

You have countless paths that you can take to express yourself. Whatever your age or circumstances, there is something out there for you. Have patience as you experiment with new hobbies and skills, and you will hopefully find something to bring extra joy into your life.

LOOK TO DR. SHANNAN CRAWFORD FOR MORE TIPS AND ADVICE TO HELP YOU LIVE A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFE. 

-ARTICLE BY JUSTIN BENNETT JBENNETT@HEALTHYFIT.INFO)

Help for suicidal crisis

Methods to prevent future suicidal ideation

When someone commits suicide, they usually feel overcome with negative emotions. It’s not a rational moment where they weigh the pros and cons of living. Instead, they can only focus on the negative and only see the bad or void in their lives. Part of preventing suicide involves offering immediate assistance through emergency services to help those in a suicidal crisis feel understood and less overwhelmed by their negative emotions. To prevent future crises, the individual needs to learn long-term prevention methods.

Immediate Help

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and confidential, and someone is available 24/7. Anyone can call, and they offer services in Spanish and for the hearing impaired. Veterans can call the same number and press one. If you prefer to chat, you can utilize their chat service.

You can also seek help from a mental health professional. An experienced, insightful, and compassionate therapist like Dr. Shannon Crawford can help you resolve issues of trauma and boost your self-confidence.

If you don’t want to reach out to someone alone, have a friend, family member, church member, teacher, or counselor assist you. Talk to someone you trust and let them know the feelings you’re experiencing.

Suicide by the Numbers

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. There are more than twice as many suicides as homicides, and more than 47,000 people die by suicide every year. While the majority of people who have a mental illness will not commit suicide, 90 percent of those who do commit suicide have a mental illness. People between the ages of 45 and 54 have the highest rates of suicide. Firearms are the most common method used by those who commit suicide, followed by suffocation, poisoning, and other methods.

 Long-Term Prevention Methods

Contacting emergency resources during a crisis is important. Once the crisis is over, you should work on ways to prevent future crises through long-term prevention methods. Try to interact with another person face-to-face every day. At least speak to someone on the phone. Try to do something you enjoy every day as well. Whether it’s reading a book, exercising, playing an instrument, making art, or gardening, do something that you like.

Being in nature for at least 30 minutes a day has been shown to be an effective way to treat those with depression and suicidal thoughts. Exercise has also been shown to be an effective way to boost mood and prevent suicide. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day. You can exercise outside to get both benefits at once. A messy and cluttered home is a source of stress for many people. Reducing clutter, cleaning, and letting more natural light can promote positive behaviors and lower anxiety.

 Create a safety plan to implement if you have a suicidal crisis. Include contact numbers for your doctor or therapist, friends, and family members who will help in an emergency; your list of goals in life; and a list of reasons to live.

While you may feel overwhelmed with negative emotions and like you’ll never feel better, know that many people have felt this way and come out on the other side feeling happier and healthier. By contacting emergency resources in moments of crises and working on long-term prevention methods, you too can work toward overcoming suicidal ideations and start enjoying life again.

HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR WELL-BEING THROUGHOUT LOCKDOWN

How are you managing these days? Even if you worked from home before the lockdown began or were homeschooling your kids, your daily life has been fully disrupted. Supplying your home with groceries and other essentials changed, health hazards are new, and the world as we knew it no longer is outside our doors.

With the abrupt and complete change in our lifestyles, lockdown can be pretty overwhelming. It’s no small order to keep on keepin’ on when nothing is as it was, but these resources can help you maintain your well-being as you adjust to the new normal.

SMALL CHOICES ADD UP

Establishing your new normal goes beyond what was thrust upon you—it also is a part of your everyday choices. You might be surprised at how much comfort you can gain from making small, positive decisions throughout your day—and dumping some unhealthy habits.

●      You aren’t alone in your struggle, and understanding stress responses and taking steps to reduce them can help you feel better.

●      Is social media feeding your frenzy? To reduce your stress levels, wean yourself off social media.

●      Stress eating isn’t unusual, but curb that unhealthy behavior with food choices that lift your mood.

●      If you’re struggling to stay positive, turning on uplifting tunes is a quick and easy way to brighten your mood.

●      Consider adding meditation to your daily routine. It’s a simple way to focus on things other than what’s causing your anxiety or stress.

SIMPLIFY YOUR ROUTINE

You might be thinking you don’t have time and energy for changes. It’s easy to overlook simple solutions, though, especially when you’re already stressed out. Happily, uncomplicating your day is easier than you think, since just buying a few minutes here and there is surprisingly effective.

●      Are your children getting in the way of your workout? Working Mother explains that exercising with your children is a perfect solution.

●      No time to cook? Select an efficient and practical slow cooker. You can toss in your ingredients and move on to other projects.

●      Cleaning can be particularly challenging when everyone is cooped up in the house, but you can gamify it and get the kids to help, keep them entertained, and burn off some of their energy.

CHANGE UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT

 Could your home be a contributing factor in your stress and anxiety? You might be surprised to know your emotional and mental health can be greatly influenced by your environment.

 ●      Is your home less than tidy? Decluttering your space can simultaneously declutter your mind.

●      Being sedentary is unhealthy in all regards, but you can make a home gym with no money and minimal space.

●      Creating an area just for meditation can be a useful and soothing addition.

●      For an ultra-simple solution, consider adding a stress-reducing houseplant or two.

If lockdown is getting to you, take heart. A few changes here and there can make all the difference in how you feel.