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  • Mental Health Resources

    The world is a very different place than it was only a few months ago. Uncertainty, isolation and fear all add to our collective stress and can affect our mental health. Here are some resources that may help you or a loved one cope or get help.

    Mental Health resources during Covid-19 pandemic

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry – Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, especially if you’re already living with an anxiety disorder. But you’re not powerless. These tips can help you get through this stressful time.

    How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing  – Look, things are WEIRD right now. And really uncertain. Sometimes even scary. Honestly, we’re tired of saying it, and we’re sure you’re tired of hearing it, and we know everyone is tired of feeling it, so here’s what we’re all gonna do about it.

    Check-In at Home – Check In At Home is for anyone, anywhere. It’s especially important to check-in on your mental health while you’re in quarantine. Here are six activities that will help reduce stress, get your body moving, put you in a positive mindset, and more!

    General Resources from Mental Health America:

    Live Mentally Healthy: https://www.mhanational.org/live-b4stage4

    Online mental health screening offer individuals a quick, free and private way to assess their mental health and recognize signs of any problem before crisis occurs:  MHAscreening.org

    Questions about treatments: https://screening.mhanational.org/treatment

    Online support: https://screening.mhanational.org/connect

    Resources in Connecticut:

    Talk It Out – For parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand and to talk your feelings out.

    Healthy Lives CT – provides information and tools for maintaining or regaining wellness in the areas of emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and recovery from addiction issues.

    Warm Lines – For those who are feeling stressed or anxious and looking for telephone support.

    The Hub – Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT. Connect with local mental health organizations and find information on their weekly blog.

    NAMI Connecticut offers more than 70 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led. They are facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are experiencing. Many of them are associated with our affiliates across the state. During the current COVID-19 crisis, we have moved these groups online.  Feeling anxious or depressed? You can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) hotline at 860.882.0236. Workers are available to talk live, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

    Other helpful sites:

    16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

    The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

    30 Meditation Exercises and Activities to Practice Today

    Tips for Living with Uncertainty

    When you just need to pause, try this one minute breathing exercise

    Library Resources:

    Take a look at our Hoopla ebook, eaudiobook and video collections on a variety of mental health topics. You can read, listen or watch on your computer or through the free Hoopla app.

     

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  • October Night Skies

    Be sure to look up this month. There are many exciting events going on in the night sky – from blue moons to a launch into space. Scroll further for highlights:

    OCTOBER 2020: WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY (with printable star maps):
    https://www.beckstromobservatory.com/whats-up-in-tonights-sky-2/

     

    HARVEST MOON

    Let’s start off our sky highlights with the moon. The first full moon of the month is officially on October 1st but it will look full for a few days.This is known as the Harvest Moon. It will look large in the early evening sky and it will have an orange tint to it when it’s near the horizon.

    Before, electricity farmers would use the light from the harvest moon to help them gather their crops.

     

    Credit: Sky & Telescope

    BLUE MOON AND RED MARS ON HALLOWEEN

    At the end of the month, we’ll have a second full moon. This will occur on Halloween. And that bright red “star” near the moon is no star at all but the planet Mars.

    When you have two full moons in one month, it’s known as a blue moon. Blue moons are unusual. In fact, the next one won’t be until August 2023 and the next blue moon on Halloween won’t be until 2039.

    The last time we had a blue moon on Halloween was in 1944. So, the phrase “once in a blue moon” definitely is an accurate way to describe a rare occurrence.

     

    MARS

    The next can’t-miss event this month in the night sky is the planet Mars. The red planet will be at its brightest until 2035. Look for it early in the month, low on the horizon in the east. It will be near the rising Harvest Moon.

    Although Mars will be closest to the Earth on Oct 6, astronomers believe the best time to observe Mars is when it is directly across from the Sun from our perspective. This is called opposition  and it will happen on October 13, 7:20pm ET.

     

    Credit: skyatnightmagazine.com

    VENUS, JUPITER, AND SATURN

    The final stars of October’s sky show are three planets that will be shining brightly. 

    If you’re an early riser, Venus will be a white brilliant object in the eastern sky early in the month. Look a little before sunrise. The other bright spot in the sky near Venus will be the star Regulus.

    Later in the month on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd, Jupiter and Saturn will be in the southern sky in the evenings. The waxing moon will be moving near the planets each evening, making them easy to find.

    If you have a good pair of binoculars you should be able to see Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

     

    ORIONID METEOR SHOWER

    You won’t need an umbrella for this shower. The annual Orionid meteor shower will peak from October 20th to the 24th.

    The meteors occur as the Earth moves through the trail of Halley’s Comet. If the sky is clear, the viewing should be excellent as the moon will set early in the evening, making for maximum darkness in the skies.

    Two other chances to see meteor showers come in November. First is the Northern Taurids on the night of Nov 11 into 12, and then Leonids on the night of Nov 16 into 17.

     

    LAUNCH INTO SPACE

    Though you won’t see this in the night sky, you can watch NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov launch into space on October 14 at 12:45 p.m. ET on NASA’s live stream. They’re headed to the International Space Station where they will spend the next six months.

     

    BOOKS

    And don’t forget to check-out some of the great astronomy books you can find at the Stratford Library:

    Adult Astronomy Books

    Children Astronomy Books

     

     

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  • FALL GARDENING

    Though the weather may be getting cool, the gardening season in New England doesn’t end after September.  Autumn is the perfect time to plant bulbs, perennials, and more before winter sets in. Fall planting can lay the groundwork for some glorious plants and flowers later on, so think of this time of year as not the end of the gardening season, but the beginning!

     

    Planting in the Fall:

    BULBS 101Garden Design.com

    NEW ENGLAND FALL PLANTING GUIDE
    New England Today Living

    WHAT TO PLANT IN THE FALL
    FOR THE PRETTIEST SPRING YARD

    Better Homes & Gardens

    7 HINTS FOR ADDING FALL FLOWER
    BULBS TO YOUR GARDEN

     

    Lawn & Garden Care:

    FALL COMPOSTING: Tips For Next Year’s Garden

     

    FALL GARDENING TIPS AND CHORES
    Garden Design.com

    OCTOBER GARDENING TO-DO LIST – HGTV

    PREPARING YOUR GARDEN FOR WINTER – The Old Farmer’s Almanac

    10 TIPS FOR THE OCTOBER GARDENER – UCONN Extension

    12 THINGS LANDSCAPERS DO IN THEIR YARDS EVERY FALL – Country Living

     

    Visit:

    GREAT CONNECTICUT GARDENS FOR FALL
    for some garden inspiration or just plain enjoyment!

     

     

     

     

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