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How Can I Take Care of Myself — as Well as My Teen?

Taking care of yourself when you’re a busy mom is a challenge, and raising a teen is no exception.

First things first. You want to support yourself with good health habits that can translate into a positive role model for your teen as well as make you more patient and loving in your relationship.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • Fill up with helpful energy sources. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins to improve energy and care for your body and brain. Avoid “the middle aisles” or processed foods in the grocery store.
  • Move that body. There is ample evidence that regular exercise reduces the impact of stress on brain and body. Take movement breaks whenever possible. Keep in mind that a full workout is not necessary to get benefits from movement and exercise. A relaxing walk or stretches with deep breaths can reduce stress.
  • Get plenty of rest. Studies show that American adults and teens do not sleep enough hours at night. Model positive habits with your teen by taking electronic devices out of the bedroom and focus on getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Reset with breath. Use mini breathing breaks throughout the day to reduce stress build up. Focus on the belly and breathe in slowly, then breathe out slowly. Repeat this exercise three to five times to feel a release of stress and a reset.
  • Be kind to yourself. Focus on a positive thought or intention, or a positive quality in yourself you would like to emphasize each day. Repeat this thought to yourself throughout the day.

How to foster trust with your teen

When it comes to your teen, practice listening with validation. This means focusing on understanding your teen’s point of view rather than convincing him or her of your point of view exclusively.

How do you do this? Try statements like: “I see what you are saying….”  “Okay, I think I understand how you feel/what you think…” Restate what you heard them say, but in your own words.

If you are concerned about your relationship with your teen, don’t hesitate to seek the advice and help of a trained mental health professional.

For more on communication with kids/teens try these resources:

  • Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child August 15, 2017, by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk August 22, 2006, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. 2017, by Brene Brown, Ph.D.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-can-i-take-care-of-myself-as-well-as-a-difficult-teen/


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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