Self-Care Corner

Simple Suggestions for Serenity

Oceans of Quiet

Below the surface of rough seas, there is a calmness that is often hard to fathom from above. Yet, there it rests, like an old friend. Supportive and kind, it patiently waits for us to consider paying it a visit. In unsettling times, maintaining composure is crucial....

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Outside the Window

When I was in grade school, it was embarrassing to be scolded by a teacher for looking out the window. I know we were supposed to be paying attention, but I also remember how difficult that sometimes was - especially when springtime came, and I could get lost in the...

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What Never Dies

I’ve lately been recognizing the real value of spending time with my mom (94). It’s not to create new memories, or to help with things that she can no longer do for herself. It’s not to reminisce or even to ensure she is getting the kind of care she deserves. At this...

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Tidings of Great Joy

What brings you joy? Most of us can come up with several things: spending time with a loved one, watching a beautiful sunrise, gazing at a newborn baby, walking along a quiet beach, or nuzzling a favorite pet. We welcome these opportunities. They seem to fill us up,...

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A Healing Bond

My 93-yr-old mother, Margaret, lives one door down from her younger sister in the personal care section of a nursing unit in PA. They are inseparable - eating meals together, attending mass, participating in activities. My aunt, who is approaching 90, was never...

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Teaching Kids to Not Be Bothered

There is no more important a task than helping our kids cope in a world that can sometimes be unkind. But first, we have to learn how to do it ourselves. It's difficult to let go of what someone says or does. We can start by realizing that to be bothered or unbothered...

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Keep Moving

We are designed to MOVE!  I know, it can be difficult to get started if you aren't used to it. Maybe you're not an athletic, or you hate the idea of a gym. But there are many ways to get going.  You can simply stand up and stretch every hour or so, take a leisurely...

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A Recipe for Healing

Ingredients: You alone Any quiet space Three minutes of time Your focused attention Gentleness Patience Instructions: Set a reminder (with a soothing tone) for 3 minutes. Get comfortable. Exhale all of the air out of your lungs, then breathe any way you'd like. Drop...

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Be Present, Just for Now

One way to practice living in the present moment is to become more mindful - putting attention on something that is happening right now, rather than thinking about what you just did or on your next move. This doesn't take as long as you might think. A minute or two of...

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Voyage from Safety to Sanity

We all know someone who has taken major risks. We applaud them when they achieve what they'd envisioned. But what about the others? What happens to the people who take chances, exposing themselves to ridicule or failure and end up being laughed at and feeling like...

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Looking at life with relaxed attention changes what you see. Start here.