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

BACK TO NORMAL OR CREATE A NEW NORMAL WHEN THE CRISIS ABATES?

What happens when quite suddenly the normal parts of our lives simply STOP or are drastically changed? When work stops or changes? When family patterns are disrupted? When income changes? When our usual recreational activities are halted? When we are separated from normal family and social interaction? Many of us, after that, have found ourselves actually wanting a NEW, a different normal when we come out on the other side of this. Some of the… Continue reading

Journaling Through Difficult Times-Get Your Free Downloadable Journal Now

Regardless of whether you can identify with one of those, or are in another place, I invite you now to seriously consider  journaling at this particular time in our lives. It can have immediate benefits like giving you more clarity as you reflect. It can also be therapeutic. Particularly in this quickly changing times, our heads are filled with so many thoughts, questions and feelings. Taking a little time to sit down and reflect on… Continue reading

Who Else Feels Life is Getting More and More Surreal?

Who Else Feels Life is Getting More and More Surreal? Surreal: “resembling a dream; fantastic and incongruous” Yes, that’s how I feel these days. Somehow just about everything is different. Is it real?? An 88 year-old friend says she’s never experienced anything like this. And that says a lot. Whether it’s increased isolation of seniors living alone or in assisted living facilities or nursing homes, or students whose sports and musical competitions are being cancelled,… Continue reading

Journaling: Explore the Possibilities With My Free eCourse

Are you a journaling devotee, beginner, skeptic, or critic? Have you actually tried it or just been aware of it around you? What are your opinions about the practice? I have come to see journaling something like a prism – a tool that can provide clarification by helping us focus on particular aspects of our lives. Depending on what we wish to look at, there are different styles and techniques to explore. Journaling has been… Continue reading