Cultivate…COMMUNICATION with Presence over Presents

Giving gifts can be a wonderful way of practicing generosity. For many of us, gift-giving is our love language and can bring us so much holiday joy. Still, sometimes making it through our holiday shopping list can become overwhelming and burdensome. Remember, just as we are looking forward to being with the ones we love,…

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Cultivate…COMMUNICATION about movies and messages of wellness

Every year Positive Psychology News gives out Positive Psychology Awards for movies! If you plan to catch up on some movie watching over the holidays, these awards might provide some great discussion points. Please note OKPTA Cultivate hasn’t vetted every single movie and award justification in the list, but it is our hope that this…

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Cultivate… HOPE by building connections and sense of security

Today, we will look at Dr. Ginsburg’s third “C” of resilience: Competence Confidence Connection Character Contribution Coping Control Having close relationships with family, friends, and the community develops a sense of security and creates pathways for us to pursue our goals and dreams. Studies have shown that people who have high hope have better psychological…

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Cultivate… COPING by scheduling some downtime

We recently posted about how our children can become stressed and anxious during the holiday season. Stress symptoms may differ depending on the age of our kids but the Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resource Center of the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention suggests some signs to keep an eye…

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Cultivate… HOPE by building confidence

A couple months ago, we posted about the 7 C’s of resilience that were identified by Dr. Ginsburg from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Today, we will look at the 2nd “C” of resilience: Competence Confidence Connection Character Contribution Coping Control Confidence is important to us as it helps us feel capable to move forward…

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Cultivate… HABITS by keeping a routine during the holiday season

The beginning of the holiday season is here and our schedules are already filling up with holiday shopping, family get-togethers, and other festivities. This time of year should be fun and exciting but for some of us, the holiday season can be exhausting and it can be stressful for our kids living with anxiety. According…

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