Scattered and Struggling? Here’s the #1 way to Reduce Stress

Scattered and Struggling? Here’s the #1 way to Reduce Stress

Left to its own devices, my mind is more of a hindrance than a help, even in the best of times. Obviously, these are not the best of times. Without careful oversight, my thoughts bounce around aimlessly from one random, distressing, or useless thing to another like a bouncy ball hyped up on espresso. Maybe you feel the same way. I think we’re all struggling right now to avoid the fear and…
Hope is the Key to Resilience. How to Have “Smart Hope” When Times are Tough

Hope is the Key to Resilience. How to Have “Smart Hope” When Times are Tough

“Hope doesn’t relate to IQ or to income. . .Hope is an equal opportunity resource." - psychologist Shane Lopez, PhD Let’s face it, life is hard and finding hope is tough. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the enormity and uncertainty of our current situation. Having hopes and dreams for the future might feel too difficult and too risky, like you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. And…
How to Cope, Stay Hopeful and Find Joy in Coronavirus Land

How to Cope, Stay Hopeful and Find Joy in Coronavirus Land

Six months in, we’re discouraged that the pandemic is still raging. Many schools won’t open normally this fall. Much of the world is still shut down and many of the activities and gatherings that make life fun and meaningful are on hold indefinitely. We’re plodding along, putting one foot in front of the other and trying not to think too much or feel too frustrated. Many of us are functioning…
Change is Hard. Here’s How to Make it Easier and Make it Stick.

Change is Hard. Here’s How to Make it Easier and Make it Stick.

“Action expresses priorities.” - Mahatma Gandhi Maybe recent events have inspired and energized you to consider changing your life in some way. In my last blog post I give questions you can ask yourself and steps you can take to determine if a change in habit or priorities is right for you. Or perhaps you have no choice; life circumstances require you to alter your habits or…
Does how you’re spending your time reflect what’s most important to you?

Does how you’re spending your time reflect what’s most important to you?

How to better align your time and your priorities. The last few months have been difficult for everyone. During such upheaval it's easy to flounder, feel overwhelmed by life and want to crawl under a rock and stay there until 2020 is behind us. I think that settling into a “coronavirus status quo” - with standards that are more relaxed than the ones you held pre-coronavirus - is a…
Your inner superhero can wait. Right now, just be yourself.

Your inner superhero can wait. Right now, just be yourself.

The great thing about a crisis is that it reveals our real priorities in life. Those things you’re holding together right now with your bare hands, some duct tape and the last vestiges of your patience? Those are the things that really matter to you. What you thought your priorities were before the pandemic and what you’ve discovered your priorities actually are may surprise you. Some of y…