Blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry compote, blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes. This Self-Care Sunday, I'm thinking of the different recipes for the delicious blueberries we are going to pick. Every year around Mother’s Day, we drive for over an hour to the Temecula Berry Company to harvest at least a couple pies worth of blueberries. First, … Continue reading SCS: A Berry Good Day
International Nurses Day is May 12, which is also the birthday of arguably the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). For hospital patients, she was a champion for sanitary conditions, special dietary requirements, laundry services for clean linens and also instituted libraries for patients’ intellectual stimulation and entertainment. But it was her care … Continue reading Have You Thanked a Nurse Today?
For this Self-Care Sunday (SCS) I’m celebrating Mother’s Day by taking the day off and reposting an excerpt from an old blog I posted back in 2017. At the time, my daughter was 15 and I was adjusting to life with a high school student. Now I’m the mother of a college student, while I’m … Continue reading SCS: Celebrating Mother’s Day
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