A friend tells a joke, there’s a funny social media video, your favorite sitcom or comical movie is on… so many ways to enjoy all things funny! And doesn’t it feel good to laugh? But why does laughter feel good? Scientists created a whole field of study called Gelotology, which is the study of laughter … Continue reading Laughter, and the benefits of cracking up!
Happy World Laughter Day! 🥳 😆 The first Sunday in May is World Laughter Day, which was founded by Dr. Madan Kataria. He established the first World Laughter Day event in Mumbai, India on May 10, 1998. Dr. Kataria is a family doctor in India and the founder of the Laughter Yoga movement. He started … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Signs of Laughter
Since I was laid off more than 6 months ago, the universe has made it clear that I’m no longer employable as a graphic designer. Oh there’s been a few freelancing jobs, but when it comes to landing a full time job, I’ve consistently made it past the initial HR screening interview only to not … Continue reading Can a 50 Year Old Go Back to School?
For this self-care Sunday (SCS), I want to address the benefits of aromatherapy for ridding anxiety and promoting calm and relaxation. Much has been made of the power of scent, from the romantic allure of perfume, to the nauseating smell of what I pick up after my dog when I walk her. And now, a … Continue reading SCS: What Smells So Good?!
April is stress awareness month, and has been recognized as such every April since 1992. Of course I’ve been recognizing my own stress since at least 1981! I suppose a better title would be ‘Stress education month’, since that’s really the point. Stress is a constant in our lives, but there are moments when our … Continue reading Is Your Stress Level Out of Balance?
It’s pretty common knowledge that being out in nature is good for our mental health. So why not take it a step further and get those hands dirty! Be engaged with nature, nurturing it instead of just observing it. This Self-Care Sunday is dedicated to my amateur gardening skills. I have a planter box in … Continue reading SCS: Gardening Therapy
There’s a lot of talk within the blogging community about writer’s block, and ‘where do I find inspiration for my next post?‘ As I sit here in my bedroom thinking about what my next blog post would be, I got to thinking about all the different ways I find things to write about. One of … Continue reading Blog Tip: Photos as Writing Prompts
Continuing from my last post about getting ready for surgery, I took a COVID spit test, which was less than pleasant. And it also came back with inconclusive results! I found this out the DAY BEFORE my surgery, which is nuts because I have to get a negative result in order to have the surgery! … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Recovering from Surgery.
I’m in bed getting ready to take the gabapentin prescribed to me by the surgeon. It’s supposed to be used as a pain killer, but she told me to take two at bedtime the night before my surgery to help me sleep. I guess my 130/80 blood pressure at my pre-op had her thinking I … Continue reading The Night Before Surgery
This Easter weekend looks much different from Easter last year when we had to stay home and watch the service online. Now people can attend the events person! Saturday I was at church helping with the egg hunt. We had over 400 families show up for the event! Families still have limited options for what … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Easter