Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Staying at Home for Children with Autism: Positive Living in the Times of the Pandemic



Staying at Home for Children with Autism: Positive Living in the Times of the Pandemic

                April, being the autism awareness month, has always been special and meaningful to those within the autistic spectrum and their families. This April has however turned out to be different, with the Covid-19 pandemic tightening its grasp upon countries and societies across the world, making life full of challenges for many out there. This can be trying times particularly for those families with children in the autistic spectrum. Read on, for some insights into the possibilities of positive living in the times of the pandemic, for those who live with autism.

Dealing with Autism in the Pandemic Months
                An invasive way in which the coronavirus bout has brought our life to a standstill is by forcing us to stay at home. While this can be difficult for all who find social interaction important, this can be especially trying for families with children in the autistic spectrum. It becomes a major hurdle for those kids who are used to attending special schools, as they might have to go without the regular professional care they used to receive. Children with autism often tend to find the presence of one or two people in their lives more comforting than the rest, and for many, usually a trainer or an educator fills this space outside their immediate family. Missing these people could have a great toll on them. The homeschooled children might also find these times unsettling, as the stay at home orders have necessarily upset this routine as well. Unsettled routines and unfamiliar scheduling of time are not necessarily something that kids with autism can easily keep up with, because regularized living is a great source of calmness as it makes life predictable for them.
If the children within the spectrum find the lockdown challenging for these reasons, this can be a difficult time for the parents too. With the option of school unavailable and the professional care absent, parenting at home could become difficult. In emotionally charged times like these, with the parents themselves vulnerable to the negative news spreading all around, dealing with their children’s mood swings and meltdowns could become more difficult.
While a single solution seems unrealistic, some sure tips are these:
  • Routinizing the lives of children by engaging them in any meaningful activity that they love could help. A hobby or activity that they are really into, like drawing, games, or martial arts could help children by channelizing their energy.
  • In the times of the pandemic, many institutions provide online means of taking part in activities and lessons, which can be accessed through internet. These could help.
  • Keeping children in contact with their trainers and educators, if they are available, through video calls could be helpful.
  • Less media exposure in this age of disaster news could further help both parents and children, by reducing the anxious energy at home.
  • Parents should also actively try to seek out whatever time they can find for self-care. Several online communities for parents can act as enormously helpful support groups in this regard.
In times of a crisis like this, positive thinking and conscious choice of positive emotions could be the only means to get through. Let this autism awareness month take us all a step closer to positive, meaningful and stress-free living.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Importance of Staying Positive and Happy

The Importance of Staying Positive and Happy




Across the world, humanity is going through tough times. The Covid-19 bout, spreading across countries and continents, have created a crisis unprecedented in the living memory for people and our nations. In times like these, with the bustle of everyday life coming to a standstill, it is easy to lose our spirit and feel anxious, disheartened and dismal. However, staying positive and happy is more than ever important in times like these, for yourself and those around you.

Positivity, Well-Being and Health: The Importance of Staying Happy

Scientists and doctors have explored the links between psychology and health, noting that positive vibes can have a positive effect on the human immune system. A very interesting study, as reported by Mark Holder in Psychology Today (Reference), suggested that the immune system of those who feel happy and positive might be able to fare better when exposed to the virus that causes common cold. While no conclusive research has come out regarding Covid-19 in particular, there are several reasons to think that trying our best to stay positive and trying to spread a little happiness for those around us could be the best thing we can rely on, in these times.

While the healthcare system is trying its best to care for those who have unfortunately come down with the flu, the rest of us are bound to our homes, some in the company of immediate family members, and many on their own. This is major reason why we should be trying to stay positive. Without an active effort from our part to engage in activities that lift our spirit, and dwell on thoughts of hope and goodness, there is a chance that many of us might succumb to conditions like anxiety, stress and depression. These are boosters of physical illnesses as well. If unchecked, these emotions could lead to anything from migraines and panic to and hypertension and cardiac risk. An active effort to engage in activities that break stress could avoid these dangers, especially at a time when getting healthcare and emotional support might be difficult. 

Therefore, in spite of how we feel, it is important that we make an effort to take some time out. If we look around, there is so much we can do to feel positive and send happiness around, without stepping out of our homes: we could take care of our health and fitness, find some time for self-care, revive some of our hobbies, read some happy books, tend to the houseplants, catch up on movies that give good vibes, spend quality time with our near ones, or if they are away, send happy thoughts to them over phone. The list can go on.

Consciously trying to stay happy and positive might sound impossible with many around us grieving, and nearly all of us living in the fear of impending ill-health bout or recovering from one. However, hoping for the best, and trying to lift the spirits of those around us could be the only thing that can boost morale of the times. Although people cannot physically come together in a crisis like this, the positive vibes and moral support we send and lend each other, could be the only thing that can emotionally pull us through, while staying safe, alert and healthy.

Sincerely,
Master Bruce McCorry & Staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Ways to Lift Your Spirit – Here are Some Ideas!

Ways to Lift Your Spirit – Here are Some Ideas!


With the world facing a dilemma like never before in its recent history with the novel coronavirus outbreak, and with most of us bound to the indoors, unable to move on with our everyday lives, it is quite easy for the bravest of us to feel our spirits waning. However, if we think about it, there is so much we can do to keep ourselves happy and keep up the spirits of those around us, all the while staying indoors and safe. Here are some great ideas to lift your spirit, stay healthy, and stay happy in these times, within the safety of your homes:

• Find Time for Self-Care: If anything matters in these times, it is health and immunity. While you are forced to stay at home, it would be wise to seek out some time for self-care—find ways to eat healthy, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and catch up on whatever workout or exercise regime you have been following. If you are trained in any activities that can boost immunity, like martial arts, yoga, or dance, this is the right moment to spare some time for it.

• Revive Your Hobbies: If there is any hobby that gives you happiness and peace, this is the right time to stick to it. Read some books, catch up on films you wanted to watch, go through your collections. This could even be the time to take up something new. Painting, embroidery, houseplant caring and cooking could all be your new safe indoor hobby.

• Choose the Right Books, Movies and Shows: While you are at it, choose well when it comes to what you read and watch. Go for whatever gives you positive energy and good vibes. Consciously put away depressing and disheartening content, which can only make you feel less spirited in hard times.

• Find Time for Family: If you are bound at home with your family, this the a time to bond and spend quality time together. Lift each other's spirits up, bond over activities that can be done together such as dining hours, movies and games. You could also think of starting new and meaningful traditions with your loved ones. If your family is away, stay in touch with them and send positive vibes over phone and internet. 

• Focus on Positive News: While it is true that a lot of what is happening out there is frightening and disheartening, it is imperative that we focus on the glimmers of positive news for feeling better in this age of chaos. Focus on stories of recovery, strength of will, and reunion, to feel hopeful and happy.

• Stick to All the Safety Measures: Lastly and most importantly, make sure you constantly update yourself with the right safety measures to keep and stick to them. Being on alert and sticking to rules will not just reduce the risk of falling ill—it is the only way to ensure whatever little peace of mind, contentment and safety we can hope for.

When the whole nation is fighting to keep its people safe and healthy, the least we can do from wherever we are staying, is to stick to the rules, stay positive, send words of courage to others, and hope for the best.

 Let us all stay safe and happy, until the time of crisis blows itself over.

Sincerely, 
Master Bruce McCorry

Friday, February 28, 2020

How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages

Celebrate the Spring with Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts for Adults
How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages


                                         Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com
The season of new beginnings and fresh starts is just about here, and it is time each of us made most of the season, bringing our lives in tune with ourselves and with the life around. If you are wondering how to awaken the new inner self and embrace the season this spring, adult martial arts at Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) is here for your help.

How Adult Martial Arts Can Change Your Life – Benefits and Advantages
If professionally approached, martial arts for adults can work wonders in your life and help you change every aspect of your life in the positive manner. Here are some of the reasons why it is exactly what you need at this time of the year to feel your best.
  1. Feel Healthy: Adulthood could be the time when you feel that you are moving away from that healthy, capable self you knew once. Martial arts is the right way to keep in control your spiraling health quotients. It is the perfect way to check physical discomforts, curb lifestyle health conditions and feel super healthy.
  2. Feel Fit: Feeling fit is an integral part of in tune with the fresh season of spring. Looking fit and toned is never easier when you have martial arts at your side. With martial arts, you can easily cut down body fat, burn calories and make your body match the one in your dreams. A few hours of regular martial arts can help you achieve your weight loss goal as well.
  3. Feel Young: Adulthood is in itself nostalgic, often leaving us longing for the young, energetic, never-exhausted self of the past years. Martial arts is the only one health and fitness regime that caters not just to your body, but also to your mind and emotions. Feeling young, energetic and fresh therefore comes natural to martial art learners.
  4. Feel Stress-Free: Spring is one of the seasons in which the nature is at its best. With life all melodious and sweet around you, it is the right time to feel relieved of all stress and discomfort if you prepare your body and mind a little bit. Martial arts, with its age-old stress-relief methods is the perfect way to feel at ease with your life and responsibilities this spring.
  5. Feel Awakened and New: When the nature renews itself around you, it is hard to feel laid back and discontented. With a true adult martial art regime under the guidance of professionals, you can rebuild every aspect of your life and renew yourself as a self-actualized person in tune with your true self. At the dawn of a new decade when everything feels like a new beginning, this is exactly what you need to feel super and in connection with your life.

Adult martial arts at Bruce McCorry’s Academy infuses the experience earned from four decades of its legacy into every lesson. With a team of dedicated instructors ready to give you customized care, and with a brilliant syllabus that caters to your exact needs and goals, you will never experience adult martial arts like in Bruce McCorry’s anywhere else. Make the call today and take the first step to change your life and celebrate this spring!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Choose the Best for Your Little Ninja - Bruce McCorry’s Preschool Martial Arts

Choose the Best for Your Little Ninja - Bruce McCorry’s Preschool Martial Arts



Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

The idea of preschool martial arts is now increasingly acceptable and popular, with most parents realizing that the earlier you start with martial arts, the better for your kid. Not surprisingly, you will find more than one preschool martial art program in every town. However, the Little Ninja’s Program offered by Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA), a premier institution with a legacy of four decades, is an innovative program that rethinks what preschool martial arts could be, and offers your child the best that is available. It is useful to keep the highlights of the Little Ninjas Program in mind as a touchstone if you are trying to choose the best preschool martial art in your area.

Why Bruce McCorry’s Little Ninja’s Program: The Benefits
  • While it is always better to start martial arts at the young age of 3, this is also a highly fragile age for your kid. If he or she is not in the right hands that will pay attention to the personal needs, strengths and capabilities of your kid, martial art at the age of 3 can be burdensome. Little Ninja’s Program therefore do not impose a difficult martial art scheme on kids, but concerned instructors give customized attention to each child.
  • The structured syllabus followed by the Little Ninja’s Program is a blend of light martial arts, fun games, enjoyable activities and much more. Through these activities, Bruce McCorry’s aims not just at your kid’s martial art expertise, but overall personality development.
  • The keyword for the Little Ninja’s Program is intrinsic motivation. It is neither fun nor useful for the kid if you drag an unhappy three-year-old into a martial arts class. At Bruce McCorry’s, instructors take an effort to build an enjoyable space full of friendly people, fun activities and homely feel, to which kids will want to return on their own.
  • The eight key aspects of the Little Ninja’s Program ensures the holistic development of the child through eight key skills that must be developed at this age. These include the motor aspects of balance, coordination and fitness, mental aspects such as focus, memory and control, and the social skills of discipline and teamwork.
  • In addition, Little Ninja’s offers the conventional martial art benefits such as health, confidence, values and character building. While three to six years might sound too early for a character development program, science says this is wrong. Being one of the most formative and suggestible ages in your kid’s life, the right instructors can shape your kids into confident and resilient individuals through preschool martial art training.
  • Finally, the Little Ninja’s prepares your kid for the school life on one hand, and for a future martial art life in the academy. By making kids confident, smart and socially capable, Little Ninja’s will prepare your child for an easy school life in future. By igniting the love of martial arts in them, Little Ninja’s will also give them a passion for life—one that will be much beneficial and useful for them in every walk of life.

If your child’s success and happiness is the greatest aim in your life, give preschool martial arts a try. For experiencing the best of preschool martial arts, check out Bruce McCorry’s Academy.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Perfect Solution for Parents - Bruce McCorry's Afterschool Program


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Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

The Perfect Solution for Parents - Bruce McCorry's Afterschool Program

As parents, it goes without saying that the safety of your child comes before anything else to you. Have you ever wondered if you are unknowingly putting your kids in danger? The newest data says that if you leave your kids unsupervised in the afterschool hours, then you most probably are. However, you are in the right place—read on to know about the dangers of the afterschool hours, and to find the perfect solution.

Keeping Children Supervised in the Afterschool Hours – Why it Matters
Afterschool Alliance America, the well-known child welfare organization, has designated the hours from 3 PM to 6 PM as afterschool hours. It might shock you to hear that these hours, which a quarter of schoolgoing American children spend unsupervised, alone or with friends, is the time when hazards and crimes involving children peak during the day.

According to the 2002 survey by Invest in Kids, juvenile crimes occur the most during afterschool hours. Afterschool hours also witness the most number of incidents involving substance abuse, violence against children, and unsafe sex among teenagers. The lack of adult intervention and supervision makes afterschool hours a risky time in terms of bullying, as anti-bullying organizations point out. According to YMCA, kids who spend afterschool hours alone tend to skip school hours more. This leads to the sad fact a fair percentage of high school dropouts have had a past where they did not get proper parental or adult attention in the afterschool hours. These data indicate that it is high time we devised a proper solution for the afterschool dilemma.

Bruce McCorry’s Afterschool Martial Arts Program (AMP): The Best Solution for Afterschool Danger
Personal attention from the part of parents is not always a pragmatic option, given that a lot of families have working parents, single parents, or parents attending to more than one responsibilities these days. Afterschool programs are a great solution for this dilemma, especially as they can enrich your child’s life with additional benefits such as personal, social, academic and athletic skill development, as the 2007 analysis by CASEL pointed out. However, the perfect solution will be an afterschool program that not only keeps your child safe in the afterschool hours and provides them with all the traditional benefits of an afterschool program, but also teaches him/her the basics of self-defense so that they know how to keep themselves safe.

A well-organized professional martial arts afterschool program like the Bruce McCorry’s AMP (Peabody, MA) is therefore your ideal choice. With its nationally recognized syllabus and expert instructors, the program offers everything that a traditional martial art program can offer, from health and fitness to confidence and stress-relief. In addition, it provides the double benefit of keeping your child safe and secured in the afterschool hours, further giving them the chance to learn the basics of a self-defense of their choice. By making them braver, courageous and alert to their surroundings, the AMP not only keeps them safe, but teaches them how to keep themselves safe for life.

With additional perks like free pick up from your child’s school and enhanced safety measures, the Bruce McCorry’s AMP allows parents to sit back and not worry about their kids any more. Make your call today to secure a place for your kid in the program that starts from September.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Martial Arts to Fix Lack of Motivation

Martial Arts to Fix Lack of Motivation



Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com

In today’s competitive world where success can be founded upon hard work and persistence, motivation is a buzzword. Self-help books often make it sound as if motivation is just one turn of a page away from our grasp. However, science tells us more honestly that there are different ways of being motivated, and not all methods work equally well. Read on to learn about the key to real motivation, and how martial arts can help you with lack of motivation.

Being Motivated from Within: The Right Way to Success
Psychologists talk about two different ways of being motivated, which are called extrinsic and intrinsic ways. We are extrinsically motivated when our drive to do something flows from the desire to achieve rewards extrinsic to our self, such as money, better grades, social validation or fame. A person is intrinsically motivated when the only drive that pushes him/her forward is the passion and desire for the task at hand, and the joy that comes from accomplishing it. Psychology tell us that everyone is capable of working with both ways of motivation. Nevertheless, in a highly reward-oriented world, often, our focus gets distracted from the real joy of doing something, and on to external rewards like money, accolades and success. In most cases, thus, lack of motivation stems from the fact that we are trying to achieve something that doesn’t bring happiness to us.

Fixing Lack of Motivation through the Martial Art Method
Forty years of experience with martial art instruction at Bruce McCorry’s Academy (Peabody, MA) has shown to us that there are three ways in which martial arts can fix the question of motivation:
  • Martial arts help you figure out priorities: Martial arts is an art that touches your body, mind and spirit. True martial art enthusiasts call it an experiment in self-awareness where you are in tune with what you want with your body, mind and soul. Being in touch with your inner self is the true way to figure out your true passions and ignite motivation.
  • Martial arts help you understand your goals: A martial art learner learns the core of success and failure, of faith in oneself and of facing competitors. With the training in martial arts, you will be able to see each goal for what it really is, and not in terms of success or failure. If trained in the true spirit of martial arts, you will be able to see that academics is not about grades but about learning; that a profession is not about another career milestone but the joy of work. This will help you to be intrinsically motivated.
  • Martial arts help you not to lose spirit: In a good martial art school, the right training will teach you that there is a higher purpose to whatever you are trying to achieve, and that one dreary day or one setback is not worth losing the spirit. It will teach you to work hard, to stay committed to your dream, to persist in the face of challenges.

Once you figure out the puzzle behind lack of motivation, we can see how something as surprising as martial arts can actually work wonder with your goals. To get the right training, choose the best among the martial art schools—Bruce McCorry’s Academy—and see the difference!

Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Center
220 Newbury St
Peabody MA 01960

Phone:
(978) 535-7878

Email:
info@brucemccorrys.com