Calm and Centered Blog
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Growing Nature’s Peace, in a Pandemic
If you postpone dealing with stress, it drains your energy leaving you on empty. But practicing effective stress management can make the difference between feeling exhausted and energized.
Alone at Home for the Holidays
Stuck at home for the December holidays? Be kind to yourself. Here’s 25 more things to do during your personal spa day at home, for body, mind and spirit.
Can’t Travel? Relax!
In the 2020 Year of Stress you know you need a break to rejuvenate and revitalize. Can we agree that things are NOT THE SAME during the pandemic, and that goes for vacations too? I’ll review and rate four different ways to take time out to rest and rejuvenate.
Thanksgiving Spa Day, at Home
Are you stuck at home this Thanksgiving? Be kind to yourself. With twenty five at-home-spa ideas, make it a day to remember! Blog #12 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace
Fall Back to find what’s missing
Caregivers, have your days been filled with coping with one urgent issue after another? Fall back for a moment to find what’s missing from your day to day experiences. Now’s the time to retrieve what isn’t urgent, but still of great importance to you.
Be Calm: Reduce Cellphone Bings
Blog #11 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace. Cellphone bings and buzzes interrupt sleep, activities, train of thoughts, quiet time, recreational time, and family time. Here are four ways to set boundaries with your mobile devices so you can be calm and centered.
Nature’s Peace During Covid-19
How to tap into nature’s peace to cope with stress, isolation, and healing during the Covid-19 pandemic
Alarming Long Term Care Problems
Feeling helpless about alarming long term care problems? Five frightening problems affecting residents’ quality of life plague long term care today. You CAN advocate for change, get help for long term care residents, and help burned out staff.
How do I live in this crazy world?
This crazy world certainly makes it difficult to remain centered. Connecting to what we find meaningful is centering. Living meaningfully balances the chaos around us. When it’s hard to recall what is important, contemplative prompts help. Be centered by learning 3 simple steps to recall what’s meaningful to you – by using contemplative prompts.
Healing Healthcare Job Stress
Healthcare job stress ravages all medical care settings during pandemics. But you CAN sleep better, work better, and survive pandemic job stress. Rest.Work.Survive www.LymanCenter.com/courses is a free* online program offering healthcare employees effective, easy-to-learn and quick to use strategies for stress and sleeplessness. Read more https://lymancenter.com/?p=1814
The work from home frustration antidote
Work from home frustrations abound and keep you from finishing what you need to do. Professionals are working from home with less tech support and without their colleagues – but with their families and roommates. Family caregivers are trying to work while caring for children or elder parents. What is the antidote to frustration?
Surviving Covid 19: The Nature Photo Challenge
With so much closed and cancelled I am trying to remember that nature is always open. With so much fear and stress I am trying to remember that nature is grounding and often soothing. Walking or otherwise exercising outside is especially good for stress but noticing and admiring nature from a window is good too. …
Post Pandemic: How do you want to change the world?
Be the change you want to see in the world.
How to stay healthy during hard times, including pandemics
Create an Extreme Self-Care Plan to protect your health
Adapting relaxation guided meditation for people with respiratory challenges
“The lungs are a major target of COVID-19” according to the American Lung Association Covid 19 FAQs, and everything you hear from the media. There is so much stress related to the coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic. But suggesting someone with respiratory challenges take a deep breath is downright cruel! And yet, often guided meditations suggest …
I Live Alone; What Happens if I Get Really Sick?
Do you live alone, or does your aging parent live alone? Amidst all the many posts, problems, and stories around COVID-19, this question posted by my friend Sarah (a pseudonym) really resonated with what I have heard from so many of you. How can you stay safe, and who will take care of you, if …
Blog #10 in the Soothing Series: Brain Tricks to Stop Negative Thinking and Worrying
Is your brain overheating from too much thinking and worrying? Mine is! I can’t recall a week in which I had to change my thinking about so many things. With the COVID-19 constraints of social isolation and shortages of food and supplies, everything we do needs to be reconsidered and often done differently. A passionate …
Flowers in the Winter
Blog #9 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace One year, one special week, the final week in January, temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees warmer than usual. This was a very generous January thaw; usually we in New England are grateful for a stretch of 40-degree …
Blog #8 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace. I find sunrises captivating, especially the anticipation and mystery of continuously changing colors. If you are lucky enough to have a panoramic view, the sunrise is a gentle reminder of how small we are in the big scope …
Harvest the Light
Blog #7 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace “Now is the time to shore up your practice of harvesting the light.” – Teo Bishop Might harvesting the light offer an option to my usual resistance to the coming darkness of winter? I often say I can …