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Category: April Tips

May Mindfulness Marathon Starts Thursday

By Diane Sanford, PhD Stacey and I like having monthly themes now and again, so we’re inviting you to join our May Mindfulness Marathon. We’ll be posting about our experiences with mindfulness, and would welcome your submissions for posts too. If you have any mindfulness resources you’d like to recommend-websites, YouTube videos, books, inspiring quotes and such, please pass them along as well. To help you get a mindful mindset going, here’s a poem from Hafiz from “The Subject Tonight Is Love” collection. At This Party I don’t want to be the… Read more May Mindfulness Marathon Starts Thursday

Family That Lost All to Fire Reminds Me That Life is What You Make It

Life…you just never know what’s going to happen. I suppose that makes it exciting at times and stressful at others. I was just reading my last post. At that time, I had no idea how that seemingly innocuous thunderstorm would change my life. Not too long after I finished writing, I heard fire engine sirens – a LOT of them. Not wanting to get in the way of emergency personnel, I called our local Sheriff’s Office to find out what was going on (yes, I’m nosey but I am also our… Read more Family That Lost All to Fire Reminds Me That Life is What You Make It

Join Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Challenge

By Diane Sanford, PhD Last week, I started the newest Oprah/Chopra meditation challenge with some of my Mindful Mom students and counseling clients. I like this one very much although one of my friends who’s new to meditation, couldn’t quite figure out what to do. So, I suggested she listen to my YouTube video on 5-minute breathing first and then go back to the challenge. If you’re new to meditation, you may find this helpful as well. Click here for 5-minute breathing: If you choose to participate in the challenge… Read more Join Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Challenge

Stress and Your Health

While most of us understand that chronic stress can be bad for our health, we may not realize how much it’s effecting us already. Warning signs of stress include: fatigue, trouble sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel, frequent infections, irregular heartbeat, worrying and feeling sad. Chronic stress may lead to or intensify health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and depression and anxiety. During pregnancy, stress can contribute to premature labor, premature births and “too small babies born too soon” according the March of Dimes who is hosting their… Read more Stress and Your Health

May is Self-Care Month-We Need You!

Stacey and I are declaring May Self-Care Month, but we need your help choosing the self-care tips we’ll discuss. Last May, we offered our Top 10 Tips Plus Two. Here they are: How to Live Self-Care 1.      Make your health and well-being a priority 2.      Nourish your body with food, sleep, activity and rest. 3.      Manage stress wisely. 4.      Be a positive thinker. 5.      Don’t make assumptions. 6.      Accept yourself and others wholly. 7.      Trust your inner guidance. 8.      Nourish relationships with family and friends. 9.      Respect yourself and others.… Read more May is Self-Care Month-We Need You!

The Friendship Phenomenon

It’s still up for debate within myself if technology makes things easier or more difficult for me. I don’t like the idea of being reachable 24/7, but when I leave the house without my phone, I feel “naked” and a bit helpless. The one recent tech development that I know I have benefitted from is Facebook. I was able to reconnect with some old friends last weekend during a trip to my hometown because of Facebook. We all agreed that it was almost as if no time had passed since… Read more The Friendship Phenomenon