Don’t Worry

Many of us have made a practice of worrying.  Even if we know it is not serving us any purpose, we cannot stop worrying.  We think about what happened yesterday and we are convinced it is a sign of horrible things that will happen tomorrow.  To be free from the pain and stress of worrying,Continue reading “Don’t Worry”

What Do You See?

How many times do we look at something and not really see it? For example, does your watch have Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, or none at all? What color is your neighbor’s front door?  Don’t peak – just think about whether you’ve ever noticed. Most of us walk around unobservant to almost everything going onContinue reading “What Do You See?”

Just Breathe

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To do this we need to get into a state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress. What isContinue reading “Just Breathe”

Reminisce

Reminiscing is sharing our thoughts and feelings of our experiences to recall and reflect upon important events of our life. The ability to remember and think about these times helps older adults recall who they used to be in order to help them define their identity in the current moment. The stories of the pastContinue reading “Reminisce”

The Path Out of Shame

Shame and vulnerability researcher and author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, describes shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”  Shame is probably among the most harmful of human emotions.  It has the power to convince us that that little voice in our headContinue reading “The Path Out of Shame”

Helping Others Helps Ourselves

You may know the expression, “It is better to give than receive,” but do you know that the benefits of this truism have been proven by research?  People who are kind and compassionate recognize the benefits to their lives. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at leastContinue reading “Helping Others Helps Ourselves”

Unresolved Conflicts

Conflict can happen when friends, co-workers, or family members have different views or beliefs that are incompatible with our own. Sometimes conflict can occur when people misunderstand each other and jump to the wrong conclusion. Issues of conflict that are not resolved peacefully can lead to arguments and resentment so it is important to faceContinue reading “Unresolved Conflicts”

Relax

There is so much going on in the world around us that the state of our mind can become overwhelmed.  Know that peace of mind is only a matter of your deciding that you want it.  You deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think. Your mind will answerContinue reading “Relax”

New Year, New You

Once you have decided on a New Year’s resolution, it is your job to actually implement the change into your life. While this is the most challenging part of the process, there are some things you can do to help make your resolution a reality. “No matter how hard the past, you can always beginContinue reading “New Year, New You”

New Year’s Resolutions to Consider

The New Year brings an opportunity to take a fresh look at issues we’ve been wrestling with and a chance to tackle them again. Here are a few suggestions for some achievable goals for the new year: The No. 1 New Year’s resolution in any year is getting in shape: There is no real mysteryContinue reading “New Year’s Resolutions to Consider”