Self-Care Corner

Simple Suggestions for Serenity

This Room. This Bed. This Body.

  Not long ago, I woke in the middle of the night and had trouble falling back asleep. It doesn't happen very often. When it does, I use one of the many techniques I've learned to help me drift off. As I began to feel myself sink deeper into my mattress, I...

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Being Sick

  I'm sick this week. Being sick is the best. Really. You don't think so? Do you hate getting a cold or the flu? I can't imagine why. When the time comes, don't argue with it. Embrace it. Studies show that the additional stress of being upset actually prolongs...

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Cleaning the Clutter

I admit it. I’m not a fan of owning too much stuff. My sister dubbed me "Ruth" (short for "ruthless") the year we were cleaning out my mom's house. I prefer to think of myself as practical and clear-headed when it comes to deciding what to keep and what to purge. I...

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Come Back Soon!

How often do your thoughts drift from the present moment? Are you aware that this is the most common reason for self-doubt and negativity?  It can lead to sadness, anger and illness. When we begin to follow our thoughts, we are shocked to discover that we are usually...

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Lights. Camera. Action!

Some people seem unflappable in the midst of crisis. How do they do that? Wouldn’t it be nice to stop worrying? You can. It just takes a slight change in perspective and a little practice. Most people want to be directors. They don’t want to simply be in their life...

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How to Be There

Have you ever wondered how to be there for someone who is hurting? Maybe a close friend has been diagnosed with cancer, or she's devastated over having lost a partner or a child. The thought of stepping in might be scary. You may think you're not qualified, or that...

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Go Fly a Kite

Have you ever caught yourself smiling when you see a child? I think what makes our mouths curve up is sensing the joy that kids feel when they play. It seems like all they do is play! Can you remember the last time you had fun? I mean REALLY had fun. Finding ways to...

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Too Tired to Eat Right

Trying another diet? What happened to the last one? Maybe you're like most people - just too tired to eat right. Do you know that even with all the food we consume, we are are still undernourished? I have an idea. Let’s stop obsessing about dropping pounds, and start...

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Feel the Wheel – A Mindful Practice

I know a secret. And I'm about to spill it. Really...this is the thing you've been waiting for - the secret to life! You've been looking long and hard, but it's eluded you. Why? You're looking in the wrong places. You thought that the secret had something to do with...

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Insomnia!

Most of us have trouble sleeping once in awhile. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, 30-40% of adults say they experience insomnia a few times each year, and 10-15% of adults report chronic insomnia. Are...

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