Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email info@edoyr.com if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.


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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Many cities and towns are proclaiming February 1-7, Eating Disorders Awareness Week including Toronto and Vancouver. The York Regional Council has also proclaimed the beginning of February as Eating Disorder Awareness Week in honour of the thousands of people across the region, and the millions across the country, who suffer from an eating disorder.

The CN Tower will be lit purple to honour EDAW on February 1st at 10:00 p.m. (for 15 minutes)

The Peace Bridge will be lit February 1st, the lights will turn on at dusk and remain on until 1:00 a.m.

Several buildings across Vancouver will light up purple in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1 to 7, 2016:

  • BC Place
  • The dome at Science World at TELUS World of Science – February 5
  • Sails at Canada Place – February 5
  • Olympic Cauldron Arms at Jack Poole Plaza – February 5
  • City Hall – February 5
  • Kalen Capital Building – February 5
  • Leckie Building – February 5
  • Trees in Civic Plaza, North Vancouver – February 1 to 7
  • District Hall, North Vancouver – February 1 to 7


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Have a ball…of yarn that is! :)

The Health Benefits of Knitting

By Jane E. Brody (article re-posted from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/?_r=2)

About 15 years ago, I was invited to join a knitting group. My reluctant response — “When would I do that?” — was rejoined with “Monday afternoons at 4,” at a friend’s home not three minutes’ walk from my own. I agreed to give it a try.

My mother had taught me to knit at 15, and I knitted in class throughout college and for a few years thereafter. Then decades passed without my touching a knitting needle. But within two Mondays in the group, I was hooked, not only on knitting but also on crocheting, and I was on my way to becoming a highly productive crafter.

I’ve made countless afghans, baby blankets, sweaters, vests, shawls, scarves, hats, mittens, caps for newborns and two bedspreads. I take a yarn project with me everywhere, especially when I have to sit still and listen. As I’d discovered in college, when my hands are busy, my mind stays focused on the here and now.

It seems, too, that I’m part of a national resurgence of interest in needle and other handicrafts, and not just among old grannies like me. The Craft Yarn Council reports that a third of women ages 25 to 35 now knit or crochet. Even men and schoolchildren are swelling the ranks, among them my friend’s three grandsons, ages 6, 7 and 9.
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Jane E. Brody with a blanket she created.
Jane E. Brody with a blanket she created.Credit

Last April, the council created a “Stitch Away Stress” campaign in honor of National Stress Awareness Month. Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

But unlike meditation, craft activities result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem. I keep photos of my singular accomplishments on my cellphone to boost my spirits when needed.

Since the 1990s, the council has surveyed hundreds of thousands of knitters and crocheters, who routinely list stress relief and creative fulfillment as the activities’ main benefits. Among them is the father of a prematurely born daughter who reported that during the baby’s five weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, “learning how to knit preemie hats gave me a sense of purpose during a time that I felt very helpless. It’s a hobby that I’ve stuck with, and it continues to help me cope with stress at work, provide a sense of order in hectic days, and allows my brain time to solve problems.”

A recent email from the yarn company Red Heart titled “Health Benefits of Crocheting and Knitting” prompted me to explore what else might be known about the health value of activities like knitting. My research revealed that the rewards go well beyond replacing stress and anxiety with the satisfaction of creation.

For example, Karen Zila Hayes, a life coach in Toronto, conducts knitting therapy programs, including Knit to Quit to help smokers give up the habit, and Knit to Heal for people coping with health crises, like a cancer diagnosis or serious illness of a family member. Schools and prisons with craft programs report that they have a calming effect and enhance social skills. And having to follow instructions on complex craft projects can improve children’s math skills.

Some people find that craftwork helps them control their weight. Just as it is challenging to smoke while knitting, when hands are holding needles and hooks, there’s less snacking and mindless eating out of boredom.

I’ve found that my handiwork with yarn has helped my arthritic fingers remain more dexterous as I age. A woman encouraged to try knitting and crocheting after developing an autoimmune disease that caused a lot of hand pain reported on the Craft Yarn Council site that her hands are now less stiff and painful.

A 2009 University of British Columbia study of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa who were taught to knit found that learning the craft led to significant improvements. Seventy-four percent of the women said the activity lessened their fears and kept them from ruminating about their problem.

Betsan Corkhill, a wellness coach in Bath, England, and author of the book “Knit for Health & Wellness,” established a website, Stitchlinks, to explore the value of what she calls therapeutic knitting. Among her respondents, 54 percent of those who were clinically depressed said that knitting made them feel happy or very happy. In a study of 60 self-selected people with chronic pain, Ms. Corkhill and colleagues reported that knitting enabled them to redirect their focus, reducing their awareness of pain. She suggested that the brain can process just so much at once, and that activities like knitting and crocheting make it harder for the brain to register pain signals. More of Stitchlinks findings are available at their website.

Perhaps most exciting is research that suggests that crafts like knitting and crocheting may help to stave off a decline in brain function with age. In a 2011 study, researchers led by Dr. Yonas E. Geda, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., interviewed a random sample of 1,321 people ages 70 to 89, most of whom were cognitively normal, about the cognitive activities they engaged in late in life. The study, published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, found that those who engaged in crafts like knitting and crocheting had a diminished chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.

Although it is possible that only people who are cognitively healthy would pursue such activities, those who read newspapers or magazines or played music did not show similar benefits. The researchers speculate that craft activities promote the development of neural pathways in the brain that help to maintain cognitive health.

In support of that suggestion, a 2014 study by Denise C. Park of the University of Texas at Dallas and colleagues demonstrated that learning to quilt or do digital photography enhanced memory function in older adults. Those who engaged in activities that were not intellectually challenging, either in a social group or alone, did not show such improvements.

Given that sustained social contacts have been shown to support health and longevity, those wishing to maximize the health value of crafts might consider joining a group of like-minded folks. I for one try not to miss a single weekly meeting of my knitting group.


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Circle of Security

Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop facilitator Dr. Adele Lafrance-Robinson shared the following fabulous video relating to parental blocks and emotion coaching developed by their Circle of Security colleagues: Being-With and Shark Music

At the heart of the Circle of Security is the art of Being-With. This capacity includes
knowing what gets in the way, something we call shark music.

For more videos, visit Circle of Security International


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Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop in April

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Supporting Your Loved One Across The Lifespan Including Support For Mental Health With Dr. Joanne Dolhanty PhD, C. Psych And Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson PhD, C. Psych

DATE & TIME: Thursday and Friday, April 21st & 22nd, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 901 Rutherford Road (in the Christian Community Church), Vaughan (West of Bathurst St)

Spaces are limited – register in advance to avoid disappointment.

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT): a new and innovative treatment model for the caregivers of individuals struggling with:
•    Anxiety
•    Depression
•    Eating disorders
•    Substance use, etc.
Different from many of the mainstream treatment models, EFFT is rooted in the deep belief in the healing power of families across the lifespan.

EFFT is a very powerful mode of therapy – parents and caregivers are taught practical skills and techniques that can be used to support their loved one’s recovery regardless of his or her age and/or motivation for change. Parents and caregivers are also supported to work through their own fears and emotional reactions that will no doubt arise throughout the challenging road toward recovery and wellness.

Visit the official EFFT web site for more information: https://emotionfocusedfamilytherapy.org/About_Us.php.

Cost: $450.00
An official receipt in the full amount of $450 for psychological services will be provided by Dr. Dolhanty and Dr. Robinson for extended health benefit coverage with your provider, if applicable.


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In Conversation with new band Jump the River

Have you ever wanted to play music with your friends, or even start a band? This summer we got a chance to talk with a group of friends who did just that.

We sat down with new band, Jump the River, to talk about how they got their start and how they came up with their awesome band name. The band members each got a chance to tell us about what music means to them on a personal level and what it’s like to play music in a group and to perform in front of an audience. They also have some wise advice for anyone who is thinking about getting into the arts or music but is nervous or not sure how to go about doing it.

 

 


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Upcoming Programs in 2016

Upcoming Support Groups And Workshops:

January 18th: Peer Support Group
February 21st: Peer Support Group
March 2nd: Healing Emotional Eating Workshop
March 29th: Healing Emotional Eating Support Group
April 21st & 22nd: Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop

Art Programs:

Jan 17th & 24th: Music as Expression (Open Group)
TBA: Mixed Media Art Program