Eating with the Seasons

Eating with the Seasons

Eating with the Seasons

Because what we eat changes the functioning of our brain, one of the easiest ways to offer your body and mind healthy nourishment is to align yourself with the availability of the seasons. Spring offers an abundance of green! If leafy salads aren’t your favorite, you can still include greens in your regular diet through smoothies or tossing them with roasted veggies and chicken.

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Effects of Nature on the Brain

Effects of Nature on the Brain

Another way to invite more green (and growth) into your life is a stroll through the color itself. Scientists are proving that taking a walk through the woods changes our brain patterns – the way we take in sensory information and process it. Not to mention the symbiotic relationships between humans and plants which releases fresh oxygen into our atmosphere, which makes for better breathing. Take a big breath in nature and allow your body to release stress.

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Run with Team Jenelle!

Join Team Jenelle on May 20!

The NAMI Color Me Happy Walk & 5k raises awareness and funds on behalf of mental health for Hancock County. NAMI will honor our beloved Jenelle Hohman and commemorate the legacy of her work by renaming the annual event in her honor.

The race is 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 20 at Riverside Park. Registration is suggested and the $30 entry fee will support programs that empower individuals and families impacted by a mental health condition.
Search “Team Jenelle” on the teams page and register to will be included in the group wearing lipstick red t-shirts.
Not interested in running? Walkers are welcome to join! Can’t make it that day? You can still donate to the cause! Make sure to include “Team Jenelle” on your donation form. Support NAMI and it’s support of individuals of Hancock County!

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More Green This Spring

More Green This Spring

If you’ve been in the office recently, you may have noticed the exceptionally large peace lily Landon contributed to our space. As he made a new home for it, he declared, “I want to green this place up. New life!” Now our outdoor surroundings have decided to join in the sense of alive-ness as our grass, shrubs and trees are beginning to bear new leaves.

Between patterns of behavior we see in the office and the wisdom gleaned from the rhythms of nature, we’ve noticed a pattern. Growth requires resources, namely time and energy.
In this vernal season, there are a few ways we can begin to use our time and energy to anticipate growth. Clear out what is no longer a conduit to life. Whether it’s toxicity in our environment, our relationships or what we invite into our body, a quick cleaning up will create space for new growth. Then we can plant the seeds of new thought patterns, habits, and behaviors that cultivate an overall sense of well being.

On a practical level:

  • Take inventory of your immediate surroundings. Do you notice clutter around your home? Consider removing the things in your environment that don’t usher a sense of joy or lack usefulness on a daily level. You’ll be rewarded with a sense of ease as you rest in your home space.
  • Create some openness in your schedule. Nothing new will grow where something is already planted. If you’d like to see more rest, more exercise, or more time with friends, you will have create the space for it to grow.
  • Give yourself permission to learn. Remember, to “be green” sometimes implies lack of experience: and that’s okay! Honor early growth with excitement instead of expecting perfection.
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