Since this Independence Day holiday also falls on a Self-Care Sunday (SCS), it got me thinking about what independence means to me in my day to day living. I’ve done enough traveling to some very oppressed places to find that independence is so easy to take for granted. Too many people are struggling just to … Continue reading SCS: What does independence mean to me?
Just a reminder for everyone (including myself) that everyday we have something to celebrate. It’s not about impressing other people. It’s not about achieving some big milestone. It’s about recognizing we are still doing things that matter, even when our anxiety and negative thoughts lead us to believe otherwise. For me, I’ve been studying medical … Continue reading You’re Winning
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!
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
Dr. Frank X. Barron once described the highly creative person as, ''both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.'' During the 1950's and 1960's, American psychologist and philosopher Frank X. Barron studied highly creative people, including writers, architects and even mathematicians. Dr. Barron and … Continue reading Are Creative Minds Different?
This past Sunday I posted about how listening to music plays a role in my self-care. Many other people I’ve spoken with say the same thing. They love listening to music to boost their mood or have a ‘good cry.’ So with that in mind, I decided to do a deeper dive into how listening … Continue reading Does Music Really Help Our Mental Health?
It goes without saying that 2020 was a difficult year. And for someone with anxiety, the changes that came with the pandemic could be overwhelming. The city lockdown, food shortages, disappearing paper products, and separation from my friends all elevated my anxiety levels! Not to mention the virus itself that had infected patients overwhelming hospital … Continue reading 5 Ways Blogging Relaxes My Anxiety
This was my Instagram post for December 31, 2019. Talk about not aging well!! But I gave it a go the first couple of months of 2020. There was my typical work stress, along with my humble little routine of Zumba class, gardening, grocery shopping, and going to church. I was also planning a nice … Continue reading Before and After Covid-19
Since it’s easy for me to neglect making self-care a priority, I've decided to introduce a new recurring post dedicated to self-care Sunday. When work is Monday through Friday (or I assume it will be once I start working again) Sunday seems to be the best day to rest and reflect. This particular day began … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Upper Newport Bay
While going through our photos, I came across this gem from a couple years ago. It was my birthday road trip that included a stop at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I've always loved visiting zoos and I especially got excited over any opportunity to feed an animal. So imagine my delight when we discovered the … Continue reading Let Us Smile