When you are feeling low, it can be helpful to engage in fun and pleasurable activities.  Research shows that people who engage in enjoyable leisure activities on a frequent basis have better psychological and physical health.  Follow this link to find a “big” list of simple and easy things that you can do if you are stuck for ideas: http://www.newharbingeronline.com/excerpts/cbtWkbkPD/Chapter_4-2_Pleasurable_Activities.pdf

A Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Sessions will be focused on providing support to one another, learning healthy coping behaviors & stress reduction techniques, problem solving challenging behaviors, and sharing resources.

When? 6 Wednesdays; April 2, 9, 23, 30, & May 7, 14 2014 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where? Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS) 123 4th Ave, between 12th & 13th St., 2nd Floor {steps from Union Sq}

Cost? $240 for the 6 week group

How do I register? Contact me via email at sonali@sonalizoracki.com or via phone at (917) 274-7248

The new year is an opportunity to start afresh.  Did you make a resolution for 2014 that involves taking better care of yourself? Perhaps you resolved to manage your stress in a healthier way.  Research out of England has shown that it takes an average of 66 days to form a simple habit–that’s 66 days to make your resolution stick.  If you feel your resolve wavering, it may be helpful to write encouraging notes to yourself, to give yourself a pep talk, and to engage the support of family and friends so that you can stay on track.  Remember, in just a little over two months you will be closer to a healthier and happier you!

Announcing a 3 week, pre-holiday, stress reduction group focused on helping you create a personalized stress reduction plan & overcome any obstacles in achieving your stress management goals.

When?

Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, & 17 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where?

80 E 11th St., New York, NY 10003

Cost?

$125

Email sonali@sonalizoracki.com or call (917) 274-7248 to sign up.  Space is limited so sign up now!

Taking Care of Ourselves: A stress reduction workshop for parents & caregivers of children with special needs

Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful. The holidays can bring with them additional stressors so this holiday season it is even more important that you learn to manage your stress instead of letting it manage you. In this workshop you will learn simple stress management and relaxation skills that will enable you to self-soothe.

When: Wednesday Nov 20, 2013 @ 7-830pm

Where: Watch me Grow, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003

http://www.watchmegrownyc.com

Cost: FREE

RSVP via email to Sonali at sonali@sonalizoracki.com

Register now as space is limited!

Often shower time can mean more time to think about the things that you have to do in the day or to worry about things you didn’t get to the previous day.  It is time to change that.  The mindful shower exercise is a wonderful & simple way to be present in and savor the moment. 

Step into your shower & turn on the water.  Notice the sound of the water.  Notice how different it sounds when you are standing under the shower head versus when the water just hits the shower floor.  Feel the sensation of the water on your body.  Be aware of how it easily flows over your skin.  What is the temperature like? Hot, warm, cool? What sensations do you notice on your skin? What does the floor of the shower feel like under your feet? Take in all the smells – of your body wash, soap, or shampoo.

 If you notice yourself caught up in thoughts, that’s OK.  Notice your thoughts and then go back to just being with the activity of taking a shower.

·         Most importantly, enjoy this activity. The shower is a wonderful opportunity to be present and awake.

Taking Care of Ourselves: A stress reduction workshop for parents & caregivers of children with special needs

Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful.  It is important to learn to manage that stress instead of letting it manage you! In this workshop you will learn simple stress management and relaxation skills that will enable you to self-soothe.

When: Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 730-9pm

Where: Watch me Grow, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003

http://www.watchmegrownyc.com

Cost: FREE

RSVP via email to Sonali at sonali@sonalizoracki.com

Register now as space is limited!

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