What Can You Do About Ageism? Play By Your Own Rules
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Photo by Vlad Sargu on Unsplash Take charge and do things that create wellbeing regardless of your age. While minding my own business, reading a book review on-line, up pops an ad, “Finally, A Great Lipstick For The Mature Woman.” Later, on a weather app, “Trendy Dresses for Older Women.” Google, as always, was minding my business. It’s not just the internet pointing out your age, it’s other people. From the physician telling you after a fall that hiking is something to reconsider, to the endless griping about the gerontocracyin our government, people tell us we’re old and t ..read more
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Need Some Hope in the New Year?
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1y ago
Anne Lamott provides nuggets of hope for most of life’s most persistent worries.Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, by Anne Lamott, is a truly enjoyable read, or listen, which is how I experienced it. With her wry humor, wit and references to so many things that matter, it is fun and inspiring. Whether on dieting, sobriety, friendship or family, Lamott’s hopeful view shines through. There’s nothing Pollyannaish about her take on life—it comes across as sincere and authentic. I may be prejudiced since she talks about issues I too have spoken of, but not nearly as eloquently or delightfully as she ..read more
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Eulogy For My Post-Divorce Cat
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1y ago
The loss of a pet yields a unique type of grief. Some people’s, post-divorce acquisition is a home, other’s a car, but since I got the house and did not need a new car, mine was a cat. It’s a rite of passage for the newly single, perhaps the first time they have made a major purchase solo. Or, as in my case, the first time in a long time. The cat was not really a solo acquisition. It was my son and me. It was the first big thing we did together post-divorce that was just the two of us. Eighteen and a half years ago we drove to a double-wide in a slightly more rural area than ours, too close t ..read more
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The Quest to Mindfully Engage with the Moment
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1y ago
Learning to let go of each moment in order to be fully present in this moment is key to mindfulness.  Being present in the moment is a mindfulness essential. Unless you've willfully ignored 15 years of health and wellness articles, you know that research shows that mindfulness meditation improves health and wellbeing in a variety of ways (e.g., it reduces anxiety, depression and blood pressure). The jury is in: Cultivating mindfulness makes a lot of sense. To be in this moment, you must release all those moments that came before. This idea of letting go of each moment before the present ..read more
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Coping with Anxiety is Not One Size Fits All
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1y ago
Whether your anxiety predates the pandemic or not, the solution is unique to you. Photo by Tom Fisk from Pexels During the pandemic I learned I am an ambivert. It was the A.Word.A.Day, word of the day one day and it fits. Neither introvert nor extravert, ambiverts, according Anu Garg, have qualities of both. It brings to mind something I’ve been pondering during this pandemic—the notion that one size does not fit all, whether in clothing or people. Be it those one-size-fits-all running hats, how introverted you are, how you cope with your anxiety or how you grieve a ..read more
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How Many Therapists Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?
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1y ago
One—it takes one therapist to change a lightbulb. But it really has to want to change. In these trying times, when we’re all trying to control anxiety and depression about the state of the world, learning to change how you react is a process. My yoga practice helps keep me grounded in how to learn, something we adults often lose sight of. When you embark on a yoga practice like Ashtanga, you must have an intention to master the poses, breath and flow. Fully committing to the practice is essential for progress. It’s not that it has to be done daily. It’s more that you practice on some type of ..read more
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Am I Allowed to Have Post-Pandemic Complaints?
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1y ago
 Because I have not experienced the bone-crushing losses due to COVID that many have, I hate to complain about how it will be post-pandemic. Nevertheless, as we are possibly just emerging from the thick of it, I'm going to give myself the grace I've been telling others to give themselves and go ahead and complain. Last week we went to Gibbs Gardens, a lovely, wooded spot in Ball Ground, Georgia—no, I'm not kidding about that name. You can see from my photos that it is indeed a beautiful place. The day was intentionally selected to avoid crowds. And it was not crowded. I shudd ..read more
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Bring Your COVID-19 Coping Skills Forward Into The New Year
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2y ago
  There’s considerable research in psychology to suggest that after a trauma we can come back stronger than before. We can become more resilient. Tragedy can trigger the development of new coping skills. This is the case with the coronavirus pandemic. Now is the time to notice any positive habits you've developed and decide to keep them moving into 2021. No one expects the virus to vanish on January 1st, but we're edging closer, so deciding on your intentions post-virus can help you maintain those healthy routines. Here are some examples: People are exercising and getting outside more. A ..read more
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'Hamilton' Has Become the Score of My Global Pandemic
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2y ago
The pandemic thus far has dealt me one unexpected disappointment: the postponement of Hamilton in Atlanta.  Live performance is something we often experience as uplifting and renewing. Another balm unavailable to us during the COVID crisis. In no way am I suggesting that this is a big deal. I have mercifully been spared a variety of painful decisions, tragedies and heartbreaks, but the musical has become a touchstone for me.  The proverbial opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade appeared when I was able to watch Hamilton, with millions of others, as Disney started s ..read more
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How To Keep Calm And Carry On Despite COVID-19 Concerns
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2y ago
One of the (many) atypical things about COVID-19, is that the people helping you cope are experiencing and coping with the same thing, at the same time. Whatever your profession, you’re probably also a parent, partner, adult child or friend, and, as we try to help others through this pandemic, we are also trying to help ourselves. Even as we recognize that everyone has their own specific large and small crises, we can still have a great deal of understanding and empathy, by virtue of being in the same boat. Whether you have to separate your child from their grandparents, be mindful of your ..read more
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