I installed a repost app just so I could share this properly. This picture of me feels so much like it really captures the essence of me and how much I love wild swimming. It's amazing!!! 😍
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Andie, 35 (next week), Copywriter and start up consultant “I love how getting into the cold water melts away my issues. I’ve been dealing with a bunch of physical health hassles that have become chronic, which frustrates and worries me on a daily basis. And about two years ago, I developed anxiety. I have ADHD and am well-adjusted, but the anxiety caught me unawares and I still don’t know how to deal with it well. Wild swimming helps with that. It’s like I’m shedding all my stress, anxiety and bodily aches the moment I walk into the ocean. I think the acute survival mode that comes with the cold water quiets my constantly running brain. And the exhilaration of it all gives me a nice dose of endorphins to boot. It’s a temporary relief from feeling broken and, fortunately, it always lasts a while after a swim.” Wardie Bay, Edinburgh
Sunday 16th December
Water temp 5c
Air temp 4c
A beautiful, still, quiet evening with a gentle watercolour of a sunset. The sea was playing tricks on us, by appearing calm then suddenly chucking huge waves like this one at us out of seemingly nowhere, I nearly lost my camera a few times!
We finished our swim with a lovely little beach bonfire and some amazing rumballs made by Andie. Such a wonderful crowd this evening!
Ending 2018 with a 🌟!!! The first trade review for FOCUSED has come in and it’s a STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus!!! 📚❤️🎉😭 Swipe ⬅️ to read more! Pre-order FOCUSED now! 🔗 in my profile. .
“An accurate and compassionate picture of growing up with ADHD is the icing on the cake of this well-told novel.” - starred review, Kirkus Reviews
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Life is hard. We all know it and yet so many in our society perpetuate this illusion that life is perfect and wonderful and EASY! Why do we do this to ourselves and each other? Why is there so much shame around being human and being real and genuine? Feelings are nothing more than feelings. Not right or wrong. It's what you do with them that matters. And you can feel any feeling you want. Feelings are normal and healthy and necessary for healing and growing and being a well adapted functioning person. Let's give ourselves and each other a break. Stop shaming each other for being genuine, for surviving life and for getting up and doing it again and again each and every day, regardless of what life throws at us. Empathy. Compassion. Realness. Kindness. Support each other. Stay strong together. Stay strong with me for others.
How many of you have kids on your caseload who need help receiving feedback? 🙋🏻♀️ It’s difficult to help students grow when they don’t know how to listen! Here are a few resources I recommend for helping students listen and respond to constructive feedback.
First, I start with “Whole Body Listening Larry at School!” by Elizabeth Sautter and Kristen Wilson. It teaches students they need to listen with more than just their ears, and when it comes to feedback, kids definitely need to listen with their mouth, brain, and heart.
Next, I like Julia Cook’s “Thanks for the Feedback” as it gives many real examples of a kid struggling to receive feedback but learning how to do so appropriately.
Finally, I use my “Identifying, Receiving, and Giving Feedback” packet. It teaches not all feedback is created equal, but trusted teachers and parents usually have the intention of helping you get better at something, not just pointing out where you went wrong. There are four lessons with true-to-life activities to practice identifying, responding, and even giving feedback, especially the constructive kind. It’s available in my TPT store (link in profile) for only $1!
Do you have other resources for helping students really listen and apply constructive feedback?
Real talk: This life is not fair and we don’t get through it without getting dirty, bruised, and heart-broken.
However for every bruise, there is an opportunity for joy. For every moment of darkness, there is a beam of sunlight awaiting us.
I remember my pediatric rotation in medical school when a 14 year old with a terminal illness asked: ‘why me? Why do I have to die?’
My own heart broke in that very moment, when I realized how unfair life had been to this child. And yet, whenever her family came to visit there was a lot of laughter. Words of love were spoken often, and hugs were given freely. I realized that while they weren’t going through the hustle of day to day living such as getting her ready for school daily or doing homework, she was getting a quality of LOVE, that was truly priceless.
It’s isn’t fair that she wouldn’t live long enough to go to her prom, break hearts or even have her heart-broken from a relationship. Even the mini-emotional turmoils can seem delicious as a rite of passage when life is terminal. And indeed it isn’t fair that she will be missing countless milestones of this existence. However, focusing on that was not going to help her mindset or her family’s. So instead they focused on joy, laughter, and love.
It reminded me that the most beautiful flowers come from the darkest dirt. That gorgeous butterflies only live about two weeks as their beautifully-winged selves. None of it is fair, but it can also be fantastic even if for a short while. Finding a way to embrace both the dark and the beauty of life is true mastery. It’s a practice to see the flower seeds amongst the dirt and weeds at times, but it’s worth a daily look . Peace & Light, Dr. L
Christmas and the holiday season means crowds, music, going from party to party, dressing up in uncomfortable clothes, meeting people and having them give hugs and kisses that were not asked for, later nights, missed naps, eating more sugar, playing with other kids , and so much more. For a child that struggles from ADHD , this is a recipe for massive meltdowns. As parents we just assume we can drag them along anywhere and get them to wear anything we want them to and meet people they don’t want to. When they freak out we wonder why?
How can you prepare your child for what is coming the next day or the same day?
What choices can you allow them to choose for themselves?
What clothes are they more comfortable in?
How can you keep them on a decent sleep schedule?
What snacks can you make accessible to them if the only choices they have are loaded with sugar?
What accommodation can you give your child to help them not get over stimulated from all of the noise and chaos?
What cues can you watch for that shows your child is tapped out and in a zone that is pre- meltdown?
What will it take to get you out the door before your child loses it?
All of these things can help you to have a more peaceful holiday season if you remember to pay attention to the things that set your child off and make it difficult for them to get through all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Shenanigans. Choose love and compassion and remember they are still young and learning how to regulate. They need your help. Stay calm when they start to melt down, an angry parent will only escalate them. #lifecoach#adhd#adhdkids#adhdmom#parenting#managingmeltdowns#planahead#compassion#sleep#naps#food#comfortableclothes#sensoryoverload#boundaries#selfcare#payattention#listen#love#accommodate#safety#lookforthecues#becalm#bekind
Holy fuck! As God as my witness I did not alter that picture. That is the way IG chose to load it. I tried three times and it would not load with my owl. I told you fucks something was going on. Why won’t you ever believe me? Nobody ever does. It’s always just me. Me alone. Me against the world. They’re all against me. They all think I’m crazy. But I saw the picture. I saw the owl. You saw the owl. Where’s my owl when I loaded it on the IG. It’s not right. You saw. Why do you doubt me. Why do you drive me towards insanity. Please believe me. More than anything, I need somebody to believe me. Just one person. I can’t do this alone. I’m always alone. I don’t want to be alone. I can’t do this alone. Alone, I went back and took a screenshot of my owl picture, this is the screenshot! Where the fuck did my owl go Instagram? Do I need to worry about you too? As if I was Odin’s ravens, fucking Frigga’s owl, the fog, and displaced bloody red sky were not enough now I got to worry about the fucking Gram too! #Owls#area#Spiritual#being#TiesTo#otherworlds#DontFuckWith#owl#Respect#fear#MentalHealth#Rehab#PsychWard#Alcoholism#adHD#Bipolar#ManicDepressive#ShockTherapy#SSRI#Antidepressant#ParanoidSchizophrenic#fuckaa#MethodAction#immorefuckedupthanyou#DrugRehabs#TrapKingz#GirlsAndSmoke#DrugsForSanity#Luciditysucks @passagesmalibu @hazeldenbettyford @mentalhealthquotess @mental_floss @addictionrecoveryquotes @roads_to_recovery @paracelsusrecovery @recoverysupportcanada @alcholics_anonymous___ @mentalhealthamerica @mentalhealthadviceorg @mentalhealthdaily