5 Strategies to Make it a Jolly Holiday

Feeling Numb?
Feeling Numb? Chilly? Out of Sorts?
The holidays can be stressful. There’s alot to do, and the pressure is on to prepare food, entertain, and decorate your home. That’s all on top of the shopping!

Many of us love the holidays! We relish in the merry songtrack playing in the malls (with all the online shopping, isn’t it amazing that the malls are still full!!). We notice and respond to the warm and happy demeanour of the people we meet. We get excited about visiting friends and family. Continue reading “5 Strategies to Make it a Jolly Holiday”

The 5 Habits of Psychological Resilience

Resilience. When you look at or hear that word, do you find yourself thinking? What is it? And, how can I get some of that? The word conjures up incredible images of strength and flexibility, of being adaptable, of possessing the ability to bounce back from the challenges of life.

Resilience is the ability to absorb high levels of change, while maintaining your personal resourcefulness.? It is more than stress management.? Stress management is about ?managing? or getting rid of something that is negative (that you don?t want).? Developing or building resilience is more about creating something positive (that you want).? Focusing on what you want to create provides you with opportunities and ?answers? that will not come to you when you focus on what you want to eliminate. Continue reading “The 5 Habits of Psychological Resilience”

Let’s Reframe Aging: You’re not just getting older, you’re getting happier!

Last month I wrote a post in which I shared a strategy I have used to help me deal with my mother’s dementia. Aging can suck. My 84 year old mother-in-law says ‘it (getting old) ain’t for wimps’.

While there can certainly be challenges that come with aging, there is some wonderful research supporting something quite different.

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found the psychological health of adults seems to consistently get better over time.? By ‘psychological health’, the scientists are referring to the sense of well-being, of happiness in older adults. Continue reading “Let’s Reframe Aging: You’re not just getting older, you’re getting happier!”