The June Buzz
Hello & Happy Summer!!

As some of you may know, I am an athlete and played college volleyball at Loyola Chicago. I have found many parallels between my experience as an athlete and therapist. One of the biggest similarities is the importance of exercise and recovery. Mentally we exercise our mind 15-18 hours a day but when do we recover?

Recovery looks different for everyone but the best recovery is "active recovery" which means, to continue to move but on a much smaller scale. That might look like meditation, going for a calm walk, journaling, connecting with a friend or pet, or a number of other things. This month I encourage you to use the outdoors to actively recover from a long day at work or with the family. Remember to ease into the summer months and enjoy so you are refreshed and fueled up for fall 2021!

Bee well,
Audrey

P.S. I am really excited about the Bee You Planner Series. It's a perfect opportunity to sit down and reflect this summer. More info below.
What's Happening This Month
New Webinar Discussion - Available Now
Renewing Optimism: How Young Adults Can Process The Past & Move Into The Future With Hope
If you’re a teen or young adult who’s spent the last 14+ months navigating feelings of loss, isolation, stress and anger, listen in to this short discussion between Kerry Strzyzewski, LPC and Audrey Grunst, LCSW.

Our goal is to help you understand that it's ok to grieve what was lost. Be it your senior year of high school, prom, athletics, graduation, etc...your body has likely been holding on to stress. It's time to learn how to release and let go so you can gain momentum forward and reconnect to the things that once brought you joy and purpose in the past. Or perhaps you're ready to shed your past and find a new passion but don't know where to start - either way, this discussion is for you.

Kerry & Audrey discuss ways to reflect, grow and continue on with strength as we all step forward into the light at the end of the tunnel. They will guide you with tips to process the struggles of 2020, reconnect with yourself, and move forward with newfound (or perhaps rediscovered) sense of hope.
In Celebration of Pride Month
Supporting Transgender Youth: A Free Webinar + Bonus Discussion
Have you ever found yourself wanting to speak up as an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community but are unsure of how or what to say? Perhaps you've struggled with the fear of saying something that isn't inclusive or inadvertently offensive and therefore, not spoken up at all.

There can be confusion around the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and what the most inclusive, supportive terms are for your loved ones or friends within the community. If you are a parent, professional, family member or friend of a transgender youth and you're looking to increase your awareness and support as an ally, be sure to grab this resource. 

Therapists Katie Klein, of Simply Bee and Megan Sayre, of Sayre Counseling share on the importance of using inclusive language, ideas for how to create safe spaces both physically and emotionally, as well as community resources for transgender youth and families to access. Join them in an important conversation amongst therapists as they share the positive health impacts for trans youth who have even just one accepting and inclusive person in their life.

Our goal is to provide an introductory-level resources with tools for those looking to increase their support allyship to those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Instant Access Includes:
  • 35 Minute Training
  • 15 Minute Round Table Discussion
  • PDF Printable Slides 
In Case You Missed It
Mental Health Action Day Walk & Ice Cream Social
Free Community Event: May 20th
Local Sponsors Include:

Level II Sponsors:
  • Connie Barhorst, Baird & Warner
  • Black Cat Yoga
  • FW Family Law Group, LLC

Level I Sponsors:
  • 847 Running Company
  • Lead
  • Corporate Wellness Partners
  • North Shore Pro-Active Health

Gifted Items:
  • Card My Yard
  • Sparkle & Twine
  • Dairy Dream
  • Starbucks - Libertyville
  • Hansa Coffee Libertyville
In partnership with both local organizations & over 1300 worldwide brands, nonprofits, cultural leaders and government agencies in 32 countries, Simply Bee was proud to be a part of this inaugural movement on Thursday, May 20th sharing the message the Mental Health Is Health!

We are still waiting for the final data collection results, but so far we can confidently say that our collective efforts to help shift our culture around mental health from awareness to ACTION led to:
  • 620M views on GIPHY 
  • 60M views on TikTok
  • 500K+ engagements
  • 1700+ press hits with an audience of 20M viewers/readers
A huge thank you to everyone in the community who came out to move from awareness into action for mental health. We exceeded our initial $500 donation goal for Fill A Heart 4 Kids and ended up donating to this local non-profit organization. Your generosity and action for this important initiative is so inspiring and a big part of why we do what we do here at Simply Bee.

An additional thank you to all of our Level I and II sponsors and to the organizations who gifted us with your talents, materials and services to make this event such a success!
Bee You Planner Series
Now Taking Pre-Orders for Part II: Observe Objectively
After sharing her keynote speech, Growing A Resilient Mind, with nearly a thousand educators over the past year, Audrey Grunst, LCSW & CEO of Simply Bee felt inspired her to write a guided planner series.

The Bee You Planner is a five-part personal development planner that utilizes the Growth & Resiliency Model© to help people learn how to cope ahead and tackle their biggest challenges with confidence. The series starts with Become Aware, which is available now. Next up is Observe Objectively which is available now for pre-order!

P.S. Let us pace the planner series for you! Order the whole set and we'll send you one planner per month so you can learn to navigate life's challenges with emotional growth and resiliency skills.
In Case You Missed It

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