Although some stress is normal and can even be helpful, chronic stress has many negative effects on our mood, body, and behavior.  It is very important therefore to engage in activities that reduce stress.  Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about the stress relieving qualities of coloring so the next time you are feeling overwhelmed grab your crayons or color pencils and print out a free coloring page – like this one!

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.  Twelve years ago I started my career in the helping professions as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist working with children with autism and their families.  Spreading awareness about ASD remains very important to me.  Please follow this link to learn more about this group of complex disorders of brain development: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

 

Ever find yourself saying something positive and then following it up with “but” and a sentence that discounts the positive thing you just said?

For example, “The sun is shining outside today” and then comes the dreaded BUT, “but it is still cold.”

Well that just takes the air out of your sails straight away, doesn’t it? So try a simple technique of reversing the sentence.

“It is still cold”…”but, the sun is shining outside today.”

Does that make a difference? Do you feel a tad more hopeful? Reversing the sentence to end on the positive can make a big difference in how positive you feel.

I am excited to announce that I will be expanding my psychotherapy practice to full time starting December 1st 2014.

My offices will also be moving to: 928 Broadway (between 21st St. & 22nd St.), Suite 500, New York, NY 10010.

Please reach out to me by email at sonali@sonalizoracki.com or by phone at 917-274-7248 to schedule your free telephone consultation today.

 

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In honor of Mental Health Month, I am posting a link to a calendar that has daily tips to boost mind & body!

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/MHM%202014%20-%20Mind%20Your%20Health%20Poster%20Calendar.pdf

If you find yourself devoting a lot of time to meet the needs of your child with special needs and sometimes feeling that the needs of your other children are either being put on the back burner or going unnoticed then this is the workshop for you.

We will focus on talking about the experience of the sibling and provide concrete steps that you can take as parents to support them and meet their needs.

When? Wednesday May 21 @ 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Where? Watch Me Grow, Children’s Sensory Gym & Speech-Language Center, 361 East 19th St. @ 1st Ave., Top floor, New York, NY 10003

Cost? Free

I will co-lead this workshop with my colleague Lauren Tobing-Puente, Ph.D. http://drtobingpuente.com/

RSVP to me via email: sonali@sonalizoracki.com or via phone: (917) 274-7248

Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.  A great free app for your smart phone that can help you to “just  breathe” is the Relax Lite – Stress & Anxiety Relief app .  Download it now and follow along as the music and visuals guide you through the breathing exercise.  Remember – abdominal breathing is key; your belly should go outward on an inhale and should draw inward on an exhale.

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