I think “lifestyle creep” has been taking its toll for some time and COVID has shown us so many things just don’t work well for us. When regular life is a huge struggle, something is wrong. We are not training for the Olympics, after all. We’re just trying to get the kids to their next game, help them with their homework, have dinner, do dishes,… Read More »I just flat out don’t want to!
What would happen if you woke up one day and you just really allowed yourself to have a day off? You could take as much time as you wanted to read, or re-organize your CDs or just putter around your house. You could have a tuna fish sandwich for lunch. Yes, you might hear those voices in your head you have been ignoring. But that… Read More »What Would Happen if You Took a Day Off?
You may be really dreading the holidays this year—to the point of having an anxiety attack or at the very least an emotional meltdown. A lot of people do. Perhaps someone close to you has died, and you miss them terribly. Perhaps you are trying to have a baby, and have been unable to, and you are surrounded by friends and family who are awash… Read More »How to Get Through the Holidays without Having an Anxiety Attack
First of all, don’t let go of it too soon. Depending on the situation, it may have protected you from too much pain. However, when you are ready, say “thank you” to the anger, and allow it to depart from you. You don’t need to hold onto it forever. Say “Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for giving me the strength to do what… Read More »How to Let Go of Anger
Yes, life can be difficult, and often is. I think, however, that as a society, we have all decided that something is wrong when that happens. No, it’s not. At every stage of life, things can and do “go wrong”, or at least do not go according to our “plan” or expectations. When we are six years old, our parents’ divorce can be very difficult.… Read More »“Life is Hard” Compared to What Exactly?
Sometimes I use my own misery to propel myself into a different way of thinking. I ask myself a question, depending on the situation. For example, let’s say I am feeling insecure (it happens) about something. Maybe it is my abilities. I might start judging myself based on the lack of comments and encouragement from other people. No one ever said exactly what I thought… Read More »Reframe Negative Thinking by Asking Questions
You’ve decided to get out of the rat race and lead a more peaceful life, or at least you are interested in the concept. You are getting rid of stuff, getting rid of too many activities, and you are practicing meditation. Good for you! You are even implementing systems and routines so that bedtime and mornings are smoother and less stressful. Good, good, good. There… Read More »Exiting The Rat Race
Using my best Bob Dylan impersonation… Oh, I Would Not Be So All Alone…Everybody Must Get Stressed. We live in a stressful world. Think of the number of peaceful, calm people you know. We are lucky if we know one person like this. Stress and anxiety are catching. So, what do we do? First, realize that stress and anxiety are real. Think of them as a microorganism… Read More »How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety
Not all stress is bad stress, but constant stress is bad for our health. We live in a stressful world, and we are all exposed to more and more stress with less and less time to recover from it. However, there are things we can do to lower our stress, or at least lower the negative effects stress has on our bodies and our lives.… Read More »Got Stress?
Not all stress is bad stress, but constant stress is bad for our health. We live in a stressful world, and we are all exposed to more and more stress with less and less time to recover from it. However, there are things we can do to lower our stress. One important skill we can all develop is organization. I am not talking about… Read More »Disorganization Causes Stress!