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
Yes, I’m a little late with the spring tribute, but I saw this bee buzzing around our blooming Japanese pittosporum bush and just had to record it with my phone. At this time of year, the bush develops flowers that have a sweet smell that’s very similar to jasmine. And lucky for me/us, I caught … Continue reading Bee-cause It’s Spring!
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?
“There’s a redwood forest.” What? Did I hear my husband right? We live in Southern California, not Northern California where the famous Muir Wood redwood trees are located. He then went on to explain that a few redwood trees were planted in Carbon Canyon. So I decided this would be a perfect Self-Care Sunday get … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Road to Redwoods
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
A breakdown of the 7 types of rest from TED talk.
Does change tend to drive you nuts? With the recent inauguration of our new President, it got me thinking about all of the changes that have happened recently in my life, and in the world. Some for better, some for worse. But either way, I’ve learned that change is a constant in our lives no … Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace Change
Patience (noun): The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. These days, it’s not unusual to encounter long lines of people outside of buildings because of new occupancy limits inside buildings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. So, when I went to the bank this morning, there … Continue reading When needing patience can drive us nutty
U.S. Capitol Building by Michael Judkins for Pexels Watching the Capitol building come under attack on January 6th was something I couldn’t look away from, but I also had to know when to turn it off for the sake of my mental health. The images (which I’m choosing not to post here) of this government … Continue reading Maintaining Mental Health During a Negative News Cycle