Easy, Healthy Snacks to Feed Your Brain

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November 9, 2016

Have you ever heard of “brain food?” Brain food is specifically food that is beneficial to your brain, especially in increasing intellectual power. Who doesn’t want more of that?! Here are some top choices for the most beneficial foods you can feed your brain (and they taste good, too!). Oily Fish Say what? Oily fish? YES! “Oily” refers to essential

5 Time Management Tips Every Adult Should Know  

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October 26, 2016

Between work and home, and everything else life can have in store for you, it can sometimes feel like you are overloaded with tasks and not nearly enough time to get everything done. If you suffer from issues like anxiety and depression, this kind of intense feeling of never being able to accomplish what you need to can just add

Grocery Staples for the Independent Adult

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September 8, 2016

You’re living on your own now and have to stock your kitchen. Mom and dad are no longer there to make sure there’s food in the house. But, where do you begin? What are staples and what are extras? Here’s a great start to your independent grocery shopping! Staples are considered food items that are typically longer lasting, can be

How to Clean Your Apartment in 1 Hour

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August 18, 2016

If you’re like me, cleaning is not one of your favorite activities. It’s time consuming, tedious, tiring, and, let’s face it, BORING! But what if I convinced you that you can tidy your home in just 1 hour? ONE HOUR!! Not so back when you know you have an end time, right? Here are my tips to help you speed

Easy Recipe – Italian Chopped Salad

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July 1, 2016

Part of our programs at OPI Intensive and OPI involve teaching our participants the life skills they need to thrive on their own. One basic life skill that many Americans are lacking in is how to create delicious, healthy food. Our cooking classes teach you a series of skills as well as a stable of go-to recipes that are easy,

Awakening the Inspiration Within: Motivation Techniques  

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May 24, 2016

As a young adult of a certain age, it may seem like an entire world’s worth of problems are hunkered down on your shoulders. You have an ever-growing list of questions to answer: Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? What makes me happy? Should I go to college? Should I get a job? Should I

7 Awesome Spring Cleaning & Organization Tips

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April 1, 2015
7 Awesome Spring Cleaning & Organization Tips

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, and the pollen count is getting higher. Time to dust off and clean out your stuff. If you’re anything like me, the thought of cleaning and organizing can feel like an annoying chore, one that I would easily like to avoid. However, below are some tips I’ve used to

New Year Self-Care Strategies for Mental & Physical Well-Being

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December 30, 2014
New Year Self-Care Strategies for Mental & Physical Well-Being

We often talk about the importance of self-care in supporting mental health, but what does that mean? Simply put, self-care refers to the maintenance of mental and physical well-being – checking in with yourself frequently to ensure that your basic needs are being fulfilled.  There’s even a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skill set, “PLEASE Master”, which is designed to help

A Journey through the Four Stages of Learning (Developed by Noel Burch)

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October 24, 2014

Walk alongside the team at Optimum Performance Institute as we explain the Four Stages of Learning and how we impact young people at every step along their life’s journey. First, imagine as if you were a 10-month old baby. If just for a moment, envision yourself in those shoes, or booties if you will. Peering out from your stroller into

ADHD Tools: Tips from a Life Coach

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October 15, 2014

One of the many gifts I’ve had in Life Coaching at OPI is the opportunity to look outside of myself and into the experiences of another person, to help them to improve their quality of life. One of my favorite concepts in working with clients is the idea of creating a “tool belt” of skills that work for them. It’s