Lifestyle

August 7, 2020
Taking Our Own Personal Needs Seriously Despite What Others Do or Think

Taking Our Own Personal Needs Seriously, Despite What Others Do or Think

We are always living with the unknown. But during COVID-19, that unknown has been magnified. We try to get a handle on information to make informed decisions that affect us and our families and friends in the midst of news cycles and people’s behaviors that are like shifting sands. Additionally, […]
June 9, 2020

Conversation Hugs

Because of COVID-19, many of the critical ways we connect with others – person to person conversations, physical touch, hugs – have become impossible. Millions of people have turned to frequent phone calls, Zoom, and other internet platforms seeking to find ways to replace the missing connection. Often these efforts […]
May 1, 2020

Emotions during COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has a way of evoking every possible emotion. The short list includes: fear, sadness, grief, anxiety, anger, loneliness, despair, and worry.   While it is understandable that we should feel many of these emotions, we face a challenge trying not to miss the opportunities […]
March 19, 2020

Tips for Staying Connected

During this period of social distancing it is important to keep connected with others, particularly for people who live alone. Now is the time to stay connected with technology (in addition to social media which can be VERY stressful).  Social support helps us to deal with stressful situations because 1) […]
December 2, 2019

Tips for Travel During the Holidays

If we cannot avoid traveling during the holidays, we can try to keep ourselves as calm as possible as we embark on our journeys. Whether we travel by car, train, bus, or plane, it is likely we will encounter delays, crowds, rudeness, lost bags, fatigue, and other people’s distress. Travel […]
November 4, 2019

Tips for Learning New Things No Matter How Old We Are

Learning new things is good for our emotional and physiological health.  Novel experiences stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine, and causes the brain to build connections among neurons. This is important as we age, for we can replace and activate some connections that we lose over time. The brain […]
October 2, 2019

Lessons Learned by Observing Olive Trees

Recently I visited Greece and was mesmerized by the amazing shapes and the knots formed over time in the olive trees. People have been cultivating olive trees for thousands of years BCE. As I walked through (and travelled beside) multiple groves I saw them as a metaphor for parenting and […]
September 24, 2019

Tips for Turning to Nature to Nurture Ourselves

Spending mindful time in nature is beneficial for our body and soul. We spend our time increasingly indoors, especially if we live in urban areas.  Yet, we are meant to be connected to the natural world, taking in nature through our senses. Seek opportunities to take time out, slow down, […]
April 30, 2019

Tips for Making Our Day Productive and Satisfying

We all have morning habits, healthy and not so healthy, that can set the tone for our days. We may not even be aware of the impact of these habits. We all have the option to wake up with a mindset that encourages us to make the most of our […]
April 1, 2019

Tips about Apologies

A close friend told me about an experience she had after she worked up the courage to ask someone for an apology for something he had done that had been disrespectful and painful. The event happened years before. She tried to talk to him about it soon after, but he […]