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I love gathering and curating ideas and resources that enhance and enrich life. With the ever-expanding amount of information we have access to, finding what may be applicable to us can be overwhelming.  It can be very helpful to have someone do the research, gather information and share what they found on a topic.  Most of the topics being explored here can be of interest and useful to people of all ages. Click on “Start… Continue reading

Are You A Worrier? Managing Worry In Difficult Times, Part II

 “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”  ― Corrie Ten Boom Many of us consider worry a given.  It may be, as a friend often says, “Worrying about my children and grandchildren is a mother’s job. It’s what we do.” Or it may be accepting it as part of… Continue reading

ARE YOU A WORRIER? MANAGING WORRY IN DIFFICULT TIMES, PART I

Do you find yourself worrying a lot these days? It may be related to the broad effects of the pandemic or to the specific effects on our personal lives. When there is great uncertainty, worry multiplies. Worry is a word that we use a lot. Let’s use this definition as a base: to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.  As a noun, worry is a state… Continue reading

Dealing With Our Fear In Times of Great Uncertainty

Fear is a strong word. Sometimes we can admit we are fearful of things. Other times we couch it in terms like concern, trepidation, unease, apprehensiveness, or dread. Whatever you name it, there are plenty of things that may fall into these categories in this year of uncertainty and change. It may have to do with employment and income, care of children and their educational arrangements, health and recovery, family relationships affected by limitations of… Continue reading

Nature and Fractals Reduce Overwhelm and Stress

Many of us have times of overwhelm and stress during these times of uncertainty. It may be only sporadic or more pervasive. Overwhelm is the consistent state of feeling in over your head, overburdened, and unable to sustain manageable control over the various expectations in your day. It has a domino effect. Usually beginning in one area of life, it can extend to all areas as the body begins to fatigue from the chronic stress.… Continue reading

Creatively Planning for a Season With Many Unknowns

As we move into the official summer months of 2020, our normal anticipation is drastically changed. Things that we typically spend time doing, whether for adults or children, may be cancelled or modified – or still have unknown status.  Plans we had made or things we anticipated doing are questionable or changed. Some things that are available may not feel safe yet. And things could revert back to more restrictions if the infection rates rise… Continue reading

How Can We Process and Handle Emotions During These Stressful and Uncertain Times?

As we continue through the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that each of us have some level of emotional stress. Whatever your situation, there has been and is change and uncertainty.  Emotional health is particularly important during times like this. What is Emotional Health? Emotional health is your ability to regulate your emotions instead of allowing them to control you and your life. Emotional wellness requires you to accept your feelings, and… Continue reading

Deep Breathing for Stress Relief

“Calm down, take a deep breath.” “BREATHE.”  We often give or receive this advice when we or someone else is stressed, irritated or angry.  It is really good advice, but a few breaths in the midst of a stressful situation are but a tiny piece of the most effective use of deep breathing for our well-being. During these days of the pandemic, we have a group of stressors that we may not have experienced before.… Continue reading

Can Reflection Help You Deal With Change?

We are all in the midst of change these days, aren’t we? Change is tough for all of us to deal with, and for some especially hard. Sometimes, reflecting on our own experiences can be helpful when dealing with change. Think about these questions. How do you typically deal with change in your life? Do you immediately dig in your heels to avoid moving in new directions? Are you cautious but open? Are you eager… Continue reading

Self-Care During Stay-at-Home Time and Beyond

Our personal situations during this stay-at-home days vary widely. You may be telecommuting/working at home or not, be alone or with children and spouse, have a pleasant atmosphere or not. Your reactions to all this may change as time goes on. What first seemed like a break may feel more like a confinement. It’s a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of self-care, which also can (and perhaps should) change as time at… Continue reading

Stay Hydrated – Always Good Advice, Especially Important Now

Drinking enough water is important all the time. In this current disruption of routines, it may be that you are drinking less. The standard recommendation is 8-10 (or more) 8 ounce glasses per day. Here are 3 reasons that relate specifically to being in this stressful situation for all of us to drink enough water every day. In general, our bodies need water to function and drinking more helps your body operate more effectively –… Continue reading