From Surviving to Thriving in Your Family

Just a few years ago, the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America Findings” report (2010), found that Generation X (those of us born between 1966 and 1979) was the most stressed-out generation yet. As child and family psychologist Dr. Kristen Race explains, “We plug ourselves into some kind of device almost 24/7, and we create ridiculously demanding schedules and expectations for ourselves.”

“We are a society of stressed-out adults raising a generation of stressed-out kids,” she says. Current studies tragically show that our teens have now usurped the generation x’ers as society’s most stressed-out age group. In her book, Mindful Parenting, Dr. Race defines mindfulness as paying attention to the present moment with kindness in order to feel less anxious, happier, calmer and healthier. Mindfulness can increase our ability to concentrate and think clearly.

“Even the Energizer Bunny needs a recharge every once in a while! Just as your muscles need downtime when you’re working out, so does your brain!”

In her latest talk series, Dr. Race explains how mindfulness actually affects the brain. She’ll provide simple solutions on how to move from simply surviving family life to thriving in family life. On Wednesday October 4, Dr. Race will address mindfulness with the Ridgewood community in her talk, “From Surviving to Thriving in Your Family.”

The Community Outreach Programs are co-sponsored by The Valley Hospital, the Ridgewood Education Foundation, and Federated Home and School Association.

Wednesday October 4 • 7pm
GW Middle School, 155 Washington Place, Ridgewood.

For more information about the talk, click here.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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