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The 2014 Block Party was a great success

Thanks to all of you who joined us this year at the 2014 Eugene Pearl District Block Party.  We at Vista had a great time meeting all of you.  We had 123 participants go through our scavenger hunt to win an iPad Mini.  The face painting was a big hit with the children. She is with Legendary Faces, and is quite an artist! Vanilla Jill's offerings went fast, we'll have him bring reinforcements next year.  Ari Gold's musical accompaniment was wonderful as well. There are rumors he is going to bring a dance party next year!

Yet, we heard from so many of you that one of the best parts of the block party was learning and meeting our therapists and hearing their Five Tips for living a better life.  Did you miss it, or want to share it with others?  Here's a link.  You can find all our tips from this year here, and years past.  

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We just love this opportunity to contribute and share positive psychology with our community.  See you next year! 


Posted on September 17, 2014 .

Five Tips: Laughter is the Best Medicine. Here Is Why.

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By Laurene Larson, MS, LPC

1. Laughter releases endorphins, which promote a feeling of well being and pain reduction.

2. Laughter decreases stress hormones to help fight infection and disease.

3. Laughter increases blood flow, and improves overall cardiovascular health

4. Laughter reduces tension and leaves muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

5. Laughing with others creates a positive bond with them.


  So, in summary, these five tips about laughter being GREAT "medicine" are free and easy to incorporate into your life. Remember, laughing is contagious, and fun to share. Laughing with people can enhance your life, as well as the lives of those with whom you  live and work.

  It's important to remember that laughing with people is not the same as laughing AT people, which, when feeling down, is sometimes the easier thing to do. Easier, but with none of the mentioned benefits.

   Sometimes life presents tragic and depressing situations to work through. They are not laughing matters per se, but remembering the benefits of laughter, even as processing the tragedies of life will shorten your recovery time, and get you back to living life with purpose and joy. Good luck!

More great information can be found here!

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Five Tips for Promoting Your Child's Mental Health

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1. Love Unconditionally. Teach the values of apology, cooperation, patience, forgiveness, and consideration of others.

2. Look at your own problem-solving and coping skills. Model healthy coping and maintain awareness about the example you are setting. An adult who copes in healthy ways provides a sense of safety and stability for kids. Seek individual help if you have difficulty managing your stress.

3. Promote mutual respect and trust. Keep your voice calm. Keep communication channels open and listen to your child. Encourage questions and be honest (in a developmentally appropriate way). Encourage your child to express his or her feelings. Focus on the positives and provide reassurance.


Abby Tuttle-Shamblin, LMFT

4. Discipline constructively and consistently. Always view discipline as a form of teaching. Learn what approach is most effective for your child; no physical punishment. Pay attention to positive behaviors. Help your child learn from his or her mistakes.

5. Demonstrate and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Participate in regular, physical activities as individuals and as a family. Limit TV and electronics. Provide healthy food choices. Go for a walk after dinner. Encourage extracurricular activities that your child will   enjoy. Make healthy living a part of daily life.

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Five Tips for Parenting

by Michele Markstrom, LMFT

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1. Be proactive. Plan ahead to avoid common problem situations. Recognize them and change how you handle them. 

2. Encourage and support the behavior that you want to see in your child. Use verbal praise to highlight when your child listens or makes a good effort. 

 

3. Act more/talk less. Limit the number of times that you repeat a direction to 2-3 times. If your child isn’t listening, take action. Use a time out or remove a privilege. 

4. Find support for yourself. Ask family or friends for help with your child.

5. Take time for yourself and your partner. Plan time to spend together as a couple and/or individual time to do something for yourself.

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Five Tips for a Healthy Relationship

by Stephanie Steele, PhD, LMFT

1. Establish trust every day. 

    Communicating to your partner comments of security creates stability in long-term relationships. Sentiments such as "I just love spending time with you," "You are my favorite person," or "I love this life we are creating together."

2. Be curious about your partner's world, thoughts, feelings, etc.

    Instead of the typical "how was your day?" question, ask more in-depth questions such as "What happened at work today?" or "When was the last time you spoke with your sister?" Being curious about your partner's world in a way that expresses that you have a desire to understand them on a deeper level keeps couples connected.

3. Have an activity that only you two do, i.e. read a book together

    We all have our rituals or things that we do with only that one person. If you don't have that with your spouse - create it! Whether that is taking 10 minutes every morning to share a cup of coffee or tea, start a new workout regimen together or play cards every Saturday afternoon.

4. Encourage your partner daily

    When your spouse talks about work or their day, encourage them with uplifting phrases. Letting them know that they work very hard and they have every right to feel the way they feel is extremely validating. These encouraging remarks make a couples feel they are on the same team and it is always okay to share thoughts and feelings amongst each other.

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5. Treat yourself well

    You've heard the phrase, "take care of yourself so you can take care of others." This is especially true when it comes to relationships. Make sure you are fulfilled in all areas of your life - without expecting your partner to fulfill you. Eating well, sleeping well and enjoying your life will make your relationship that much more rewarding.

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Five Mindfulness Practices to Share with Your Partner or Child

1. Share a mindful commute.  Take a moment to silently notice three sights while taking a familiar route together.  Next, share what you noticed before reaching your destination (e.g., a mural on a building; a majestic oak tree; a mailbox that has been painted your favorite color; the way the shade makes the car dark while going down a certain street; a nest next to a power line)

 

2. Practice the appreciation exercise daily.  Create a routine of taking 5 minutes at the end of each day to point out three things that you appreciated about your partner or child during the past 24 hours.  The more specifically tied to a behavior the better!

 

3. Ask three new questions.  Power down the cell phone. Turn off the screen.  Take out the ear buds.  Attune to your partner or child and learn something new. Take turns asking each other questions about your past, present, or future that you have never asked.  Make it a game you regularly play over dinner, while doing chores, or while in the car.

 

4. Notice, name, and share your thoughts and feelings.  Take time to share your internal experiences with your child or partner.  Practice using statements such as:  “I am having the thought that _______”; “I notice that I feel _______ when I have the thought that ______.”  This will grow your child’s emotional intelligence and increase intimacy with your partner.

 

5. Locate your emotions.  Talk about where you experience emotions in your body.  You could use the formula: “When I am (insert emotion), I feel (insert sensation) in my (insert region of body)”.  As an example: “When I am anxious, I feel tension in my forehead.”

 

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Five Tips for Practicing Positive Self-Care

1.     Make plans that you can look forward to. Dedicate time for enjoyable activities. Occasionally treat yourself to something special.

2.     Celebrate your achievements. Recognize and allow time to feel good about your accomplishments, personal milestones, and contributions.

3.     Be protective of your time. Make conscious choices about commitments – make room for those you find meaningful or enjoyable; decline or minimize those that do not reflect your personal priorities or values.

4.     Soothe yourself. When you feel overwhelmed or stressed, find comfort in favorite places and activities.

5.     Reach out. Ask important people in your life for support. Allow others to help you. Tell them what you need.

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

The 6th Annual Eugene Pearl District Block Party is here!

Join us for a scavenger hunt to win an iPad Mini, frozen yogurt from Vanilla Jill's, fun kid activities like face painting (with awesome Legendary Faces) and chalk art, as well as live music with Ari Gold and Friends. All free, all fun, we hope to see you there!  This Thursday, Sept. 11th, 4-7.30pm.  We are at 1531 Pearl St, but there are many different businesses participating and offering lots of fun.  See www.eugenepearldistrict.com for full details!
Posted on September 5, 2014 .

The Block Party was a great success!

This year's block party was better than ever.  We went through over 300 cupcakes from The Divine Cupcake, enjoyed the sweet sounds of Battlesnake, learned a lot, and gave away two iPad Minis!  226 people participated in the scavenger hunt, an all-time high for Vista.  We also had wonderful guests from Pain Management Partners.  

If you haven't signed up yet, don't forget to sign up for our free Knowledge at Noon Seminars.  We hope you'll join us!  Register here. 

See you next year!

Posted on September 13, 2013 .

Rewind: Block Party 2012

We're pretty excited that the 2013 Eugene Pearl District Block Party.  We thought it would be fun to see some pictures from last year's great event.  Enjoy, and see you tomorrow!

Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!   

Posted on September 11, 2013 .

What are Five Tips to strengthen your relationship today? Find out at the Block Party!

Five Tips to Strengthen Your Relationship TODAY!

Stephanie Steele, LMFT

www.vistapsych.com/steele

1. Make your loved one your first priority. Above all else, make sure their well-being is a priority, you are scheduling time for date nights and you make sacrifices for one another.

Find out the rest of the top five from 
at the upcoming Block Party September 12th. 

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Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

How can you increase your child's emotional intelligence? Find out at the Block Party!

Five tips for increasing your child’s emotional intelligence

Keith Miller, PhD 

www.vistapsych.com/miller

  1. Label your emotions on a daily basis with your child (e.g., I am frustrated by that driver cutting me off; I am excited to take you to the game on Saturday; I am proud of you putting so much effort into math)

Find out the rest of the top five from at the upcoming Block Party September 12th. 

 

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Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

Five ways to practice self-compassion? Find out how at the Block Party!

Five tips for cultivating self-compassion


  1. Forgive yourself when you make a mistake. Remind yourself that no one is perfect.

Find out the rest of the top five from  Jen Metheny, PhD  at the upcoming Block Party September 12th. 

 

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Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

What are five ways to boost being present with your kids? Find out how at the Block Party!

Five tips for Mindful Parenting

  1. Practice being in the moment with your child. Set aside other pressures and slow down enough to notice how your child doing. Deal with one issue at a time.

Find out the rest of the top five from  Michele Markstrom, LMFT  at the upcoming Block Party September 12th. 

 

 

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Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

What Are Five Tips for Reducing Stress? Find Out at the Block Party!

Five Tips for Reducing Stress

1. Keep a positive attitude! New brain research demonstrates this is a powerful antidote to both stress and depression, and when we believe things are going to be alright the chance we relax increases dramatically. 

Find out the rest of the top five from Laurene Larson, MS, LPC  at the upcoming Block Party.

 

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 Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

 

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

What's sweet, can carry a great melody, improves your relationships, and loves iPad Minis?

Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party!  We’ll be joining 16 other businesses to celebrate the Eugene Pearl District and the great people of Eugene.

Come by Vista on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

Come join us on Sept 12th, from 4 to 7.30.  It’s a free family-friendly event.  

Once again, each business is pulling out all the stops to welcome visitors and provide a unique experience of what we do. There will be drawings and giveaways, live music, food, beer and wine sampling, coffee roasting demos and tastings, roller derby demos, massage and spa treatments, pizza making demos and much, much more.
We're excited to see you again and share our vibrant neighborhood, so come on down and say hello! ( courtesy www.eugenepearldistrict.com)

 

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Posted on August 26, 2013 .

Vista's Summer 2013 Newsletter

Posted on August 21, 2013 .