A key part of the therapeutic process is to encourage our clients to get out of their comfort zones. At times we are referring to their emotional comfort zones, and at other times we are literally wanting them to explore their environment. Creating new patterns of behavior and practicing mindfulness, even exposing themselves to new adventures is in fact therapeutic. In support of this encouragement to explore, we are launching a new series of mental health resource materials to support our local communities. The 4 Perspectives’ clinics are nestled into the communities of Highland, Brighton, Fenton and Lansing, Michigan. In an effort to inspire some self-care, adventure, unique dates for couples and family fun, we are providing a list of our favorite things to do in our hometown communities. Let’s begin with the lovely Highland Michigan!

In this graphic– now available in print at each of our clinics– we introduce mindfulness: what it means and some tips on easily incorporating it into our everyday lives. One aspect of mindfulness, at least I would argue, is gratitude. Gratitude is being mindful of what has manifested into your life and not taking it for granted.

As a self-proclaimed city girl myself, sometimes rural-Michigan living can seem a little boring, making it difficult to escape the mundanity of a daily routine. However, that mundanity is a choice. Every day, an opportunity awaits, and there are always new places to explore no matter where you live!

Now that the summertime is near, I’ve compiled a list of local things to do for when you have a day off near Highland, Michigan– home to one of Perspectives Therapy Services’ four counseling clinics. (Actually, our clinic is right on the border of Highland and Milford; our wonderful clients come from many Western Oakland County communities). My choices are broken down into three categories to best fit your situation: date scenes, family friendly, and fun places to go solo!

Paddle through Town

Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental

Located in the Proud Lake State Recreation Park, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental serves individuals of all ages, boasting the motto “No child left inside”. Get an up-close view of Michigan’s fresh water and wildlife, and meander throughout the town, perhaps stopping for a picnic or hike along the way.

IMPORTANT INFO
2775 Garden Road
Milford, MI 48381

Other locations at Island Lake State Recreation Area, Kensington Metropark- Farm Center, and Newburgh Lake- Hines Drive, Livonia

Because Heavner’s is located within a MI State Park, a valid state park permit is required and can be purchased upon visiting the site.

https://heavnercanoe.com

Connect with Nature

Kensington Metropark

Enjoy Pure Michigan by taking an inexpensive trip to the local park. A metropark pass allows access to many fun outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking in nature
  • Visiting the petting farm
  • Picnicking
  • Boating ($10/hr for 1 person kayak)
  • Disc Golfing ($3 daily wristband)

IMPORTANT INFO
4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380

Daily Pass: $10 per vehicle
Annual Pass: $35 per vehicle
Access to Kensington Metropark is free for disabled veterans.

http://metroparks.com/parks/kensington-metro-park

Get fit for free!

Lakeland High School and

Milford High School Pools and Fitness Centers

Huron Valley Pools & Fitness offers two 98,500-square-foot community aquatic and fitness centers. Each has a competitive and recreational pool, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with weight and aerobic equipment, a 1/9-mile indoor walking/running track, and a field house designed for three sports events at once.

IMPORTANT INFO
Lakeland High School Pools & Fitness Center:
1630 Bogie Lake Road
White Lake, MI 48383
(248) 676-2341

Milford High School Pools & Fitness Center:
2380 S. Milford Road
Highland, MI 48357
(248) 676-2346

http://www.hvs.org/activities/hvrce/

Did you know? Huron Recreation & Community Education offers a discounted rate to local entertainment hotspots for members of the community! Purchase reduced-cost tickets for Cedar Point, the Detroit Zoo, and Detroit Red Wings games by visiting

http://www.hvs.org/activities/hvrce/about-us/discount-tickets/

Support Local Farmers

Milford Farmers Market

For the tenth year in a row, Milford is hosting its annual Farmers’ Market beginning Thursday, May 9, 2019, offering the following for people of all ages:

  • Local farmer, producer, and artisan vendors
  • Children’s activities
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Special events

IMPORTANT INFO

Milford Farmers Market is held on Thursday afternoons from 3PM to 8PM, beginning May 9th. The location is East Liberty Street between S. Main St. & Union St. There is ample public parking on all nearby streets, as well as lots located on either side of Main St.

https://www.milfordfarmersmarket.org

Strike a Pose!

In Harmony Yoga & Wellness

If you don’t have time to make it over to The Yoga Room at Perspectives in our Brighton clinic, we recommend giving In Harmony Yoga & Wellness a try! This place offers engaging classes and different workshops for many ages and interests, including Kids Yoga, Live Music Yoga, Make & Take Essential Oils, and more!

BONUS

They offer your first week of classes for FREE!

IMPORTANT INFO
332 N Main Street
Milford, MI 48381

https://www.inharmonyoga.com

Chill at the Cafe

Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream

So, maybe you still have some work to do, but you’d prefer a change of scenery to your old office desk. Or perhaps you’re looking for a low-key date spot downtown.

Look no further!

Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream is a one-stop coffee shop for great local food and entertainment. They have frequent events for all ages, such as live music nights and “PJ Story Time” for kids. Visit their website to view their events calendar!

IMPORTANT INFO

369 N Main Street
Milford, MI 48381

https://www.provinggroundscoffee.com

Discover New Heights

Camp Dearborn

Travel a distance of 1,400 feet from Elm Circle to Main Beach in the air! Camp Dearborn hosts Michigan’s longest zipline, open to the public– both campers and daily visitors alike.

IMPORTANT INFO
1700 General Motors Road
Milford, MI 48380

Pricing
Overnight Campers: $13 per ride or $30 for three rides
Visitors: $15 per ride or $40 for three rides

https://www.campdearborn.com

Browse the Market

Colasanti’s Produce and Plants

Colasanti’s is a friendly place to browse during a sunny afternoon with an abundant selection of fresh foods to prepare at home or to eat in-house. Sit outside and have a picnic, then feed the birds by the duck pond! This is a place that anyone could enjoy visiting.

IMPORTANT INFO
468 South Milford Road
Highland, MI 48357
https://www.colasantis.com

Perspectives Therapy Services is a multi-site mental and relationship health practice with clinic locations in Brighton, Lansing, Highland and Fenton, Michigan. Our clinical teams include experienced, compassionate and creative therapists with backgrounds in psychology, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, and social work. Additionally, we offer psychiatric care in the form of evaluations and medication management. Our practice prides itself on providing extraordinary care. We offer a customized matching process to prospective clients whereby an intake specialist carefully assesses which of our providers would be the very best fit for the incoming client. We treat a wide range of concerns that impact a person's mental health including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, low self-worth, life transitions, and childhood and adolescent difficulties.