Keep the Lights On

As we enter into Autumn, it is important that we take care of ourselves- especially those who suffer with anxiety, depression and/or trauma. Here are some tips for keeping your head above water

  • Don’t Isolate

Even if you’re an introvert, be sure that at least once per week you are spending time with others. If this means attending 12 Steps or a Meditation Class, keep your cup full so you don’t feel alone

Trap- spending time at a mall alone.

Solution- Be in the company of like-minded people that lift you up

  • Meditate
  • It’s important to change your brain chemistry and create new neuropathways. Having a private meditation practice is essential, but so is meditating with others. There are #MaxMeditation classes literally all over the world that will help you do this.
  • Trap- thinking that meditation cannot be successfully done in a group
  • Solution –try it- it’s dirt cheap and you’ll get a lot out of it
    • Take really good care of yourself
  • Self care is really tough for those who suffer with depression or ACE’s. Even the simplest act of making your bed and taking a shower can really help improve your mood.
  • Alanon teaches the acronym HALT– don’t get too Hungry Angry Lonely or Tired. Whether you have an Addict in your life or not, this is great advice!
  • Trap- eating junk food and not keeping a regular bedtime will mess you up faster than anything.
  • Solution-Even if you’re going through a period of time where you don’t sleep well, get up at the same time every day, shower or bathe and attend to your day. This will help you if you choose to do it. Eat fruits and vegetables and proteins
    • Keep coffee or tea dates

    If money is a problem, do an exchange with someone who lifts you up. Once a week meet at each other’s homes and switch off.

    Trap- believing you can’t because you have no money is a lie you’re telling yourself. You two can meet and drink water. The important thing is human interaction!

    Solution- make a call or send a text or email today, right now, and get out there!

    There is ALWAYS a way to get through the tough times- always.

    Keep the Lights On

    As we enter into Autumn, it is important that we take care of ourselves- especially those who suffer with anxiety, depression and/or trauma. Here are some tips for keeping your head above water

    • Don’t Isolate

    Even if you’re an introvert, be sure that at least once per week you are spending time with others. If this means attending 12 Steps or a Meditation Class, keep your cup full so you don’t feel alone

    Trap- spending time at a mall alone.

    Solution- Be in the company of like-minded people that lift you up

    • Meditate
  • It’s important to change your brain chemistry and create new neuropathways. Having a private meditation practice is essential, but so is meditating with others. There are #MaxMeditation classes literally all over the world that will help you do this.
  • Trap- thinking that meditation cannot be successfully done in a group
  • Solution –try it- it’s dirt cheap and you’ll get a lot out of it
    • Take really good care of yourself
  • Self care is really tough for those who suffer with depression or ACE’s. Even the simplest act of making your bed and taking a shower can really help improve your mood.
  • Alanon teaches the acronym HALT– don’t get too Hungry Angry Lonely or Tired. Whether you have an Addict in your life or not, this is great advice!
  • Trap- eating junk food and not keeping a regular bedtime will mess you up faster than anything.
  • Solution-Even if you’re going through a period of time where you don’t sleep well, get up at the same time every day, shower or bathe and attend to your day. This will help you if you choose to do it. Eat fruits and vegetables and proteins
    • Keep coffee or tea dates

    If money is a problem, do an exchange with someone who lifts you up. Once a week meet at each other’s homes and switch off.

    Trap- believing you can’t because you have no money is a lie you’re telling yourself. You two can meet and drink water. The important thing is human interaction!

    Solution- make a call or send a text or email today, right now, and get out there!

    There is ALWAYS a way to get through the tough times- always.

    Mini Me Yoga Testimonial

    Testimonial from a 2 Hour Workshop in Burlington I taught a few months ago

    Thank you again for teaching us today Heather!!

    Today’s teachings will compliment our Montessori Peace Education which encompasses Grace and Courtesy.

    Emotions and Mindfulness are brought up daily in our learning and today’s Mini Me Yoga workshop empowers me even more to helping and guiding my little friends to calmly embrace their feelings.

    Enjoy the rest of the the weekend! ❤

    Social-Emotional Tools for Adoptive Parents

    I am VERY new the parenting scene, although I was a Nanny for many years and Special Education Teacher too. Even having an MEd didn’t prepare me. I know kids, but being a parent has been an adjustment.

    Nothing prepared me for co-parenting two gorgeous little souls who were adopted.

    I’ve learned a whole new language and awareness and sensitivity to things I had no concept of before.

    One thing I do know, is that despite the fact that most children do, at times deal with anxiety, adopted children have a tremendous amount of anxiety in their lives.

    As an Ambassador to #MiniMeYoga I realized my tool chest is a perfect fit for my new family! I have been using our tools with our kids with really positive success. As you know well, every child is different and their needs are different- as is the speed at which they heal anxiety.

    Please check out the link and let me know how I can help! I’d love for you to be doing our Yoga and breathing with your kids.

    /Mini Me Yoga

    Love and Light to you and your little ones,

    Heather McCrae, MEd

    Neurodiversity, Education, and Classroom Management

    Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20…If I had known what I know now, in terms of skills and tools, I would have had a lot more to offer my at-risk students when I was a Special Education Teacher.

    Children living in poverty have extreme behaviours, at times, because they are living in extreme circumstances. It is completely understandable for hungry children to be restless and hyperactive. This can also happen when they are exhausted from not sleeping.

     

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    There are some very grounded and practical reasons why I joined forces with Kate Bartram-Brown to bring Mini Me Yoga to Canada. I am a Mini Me Yoga Ambassador.  I want all children-regardless of background and income, to feel Joy and Safety at school and at home. I train parents and educators both, on our core 15 minute program, because it’s important. I teach Teachers how to use Mini Me as a classroom management tool. There are very gentle ways to manage kids, especially little ones, that are fun and not stressful. If I had Mini Me when I was teaching, even with Middle School kids, I absolutely would have made use of it! Mini Me is modified Yoga. The poses are modified to be appropriate for growing bodies without stressing muscles or joints. There are games that absolutely are appropriate for a classroom setting, and can be used whenever there’s a last-minute schedule change or even at the end of a class period or the end of the school day. This is constructive fun. From a health perspective, Mini Me Yoga teaches healthy breathing and heart-centeredness.

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    The other important tool I offer is meditation. For all of you old school educators, you’re going to have to believe me, the kids are ready to learn and it helps so much in terms of classroom atmosphere. You may think this is totally crazy, but there is plenty of research out there about how meditation and yoga help kids. I have ADHD and trust me, I have used the Max Meditation System TM, among other tools, to manage it successfully and to get off medication completely. It is not only possible, it’s necessary. I have plenty of derivative tools I teach educators and parents. I teach the actual Max Meditation TM class in weekly in Oakville Ontario.

     

    As parents and educators, it’s so important to stay relevant and also to seek out the most gentle and clear methods of classroom management. I have co-taught Mini Me Yoga to children with autism. Every child can learn and benefit. I taught mostly children with behaviour issues for 7 1/2 years. Alternative methods that are grounded and practical transform classroom settings, whether or not the children have learning or behaviour issues.

    Temple Grandin

    Neuro-of the brain, Diversity-the state or fact of being diverse;difference, unlikeness

    Temple Grandin, if you don’t know already is a full-blown Autistic who has been a trailblazer in so many ways: women’s rights, Autism Advocacy, Humane treatment of animals.

    If you have not had a chance to see her life story on HBO, it is a real mind-blower! the visual description of how her mind works is such a gift! I am visual and auditory and also an adult living successfully with ADHD, Depression and probably a touch of Aspergers.

    Temple has done so much good, truly by her willingness to simply not settle for being less that all that she is! She has helped millions of people understand what Autism is and how it has nothing whatever to do with intelligence or a lack thereof. She suffered much in the 60’s and 70’s as a woman who was not taken seriously, because of Autism, and also because she is a woman. She did not give up and was successful in creating transformative changes to the treatment of cattle and livestock in processing plants-making their final journey so much more humane than ever before.

    I, for one, am so grateful for Temple’s work and am very excited that she will be a guest on Neurodiversity Radio when we can schedule the time!

     

    Light and Love to you!

    Heather M. McCrae, MM MEd

     

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    Stephen Hawking and Neurodiversity

    Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is a British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. His key scientific works to date have included providing, with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding gravitational singularities in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation (or sometimes as Bekenstein-Hawking radiation). source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

    Dr. Stephen Hawking is a perfect example of Neurodiversity in action! Who is to say that his physical being is a deformity? Is it not entirely possible-ye probable-that he is exactly who he needs to be both physically and mentally?

    Would he be the Genius that he is if her were “cured”? Why would we need to assume he needs a cure?

    When you look at someone in a wheelchair, what do you see? Do you see a what or a who? Isn’t it time we saw all whos and got rid of whats?


    When you can fully embrace the who of you, can you then embrace the who of others and finally let go of the what?

    Light and Love to you!

    Heather

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