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Caring for Aging Parents from a Distance

Caring for Aging Parents from a Distance Social distancing has made those of us caring for aging parents face challenges we could never have ever imagined nor predicted. The isolation and shut-in is hard on nearly everyone, but it’s been particularly difficult for our aging population who are frequently already socially isolated, dependent and medically frail. Caring for aging parents pre-pandemic was already complicated and emotional. No matter how rewarding caregiving can be, how much we love them and are grateful to still have them in our lives, it’s stressful…

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Thoughtful Acts of Kindness During These Trying Times Can Make All the Difference

These are difficult times we’re in and we could all use a little help to feel a little better. Thoughtful acts of kindness not only help the recipient feel better, but they’ll help you feel better too. Exercising extraordinary generosity and performing thoughtful acts can be a surefire way for you to replace negativity and instead, invite in – and spread – positive thoughts and emotions to settle fraying nerves. I hear you – how can we be generous when we’re staying home (stressing) and when we’re being careful about…

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Anxiety About Being Unproductive In Quarantine – There Is No Need to Stress

Anxiety About Being Unproductive in Quarantine – There Is No Need to Stress! If you’re not one of the primary heroes of this pandemic – the healthcare workers, essential staff and public servants – it can feel like you’re not doing enough and not being acceptably productive right now. If someone told you six months ago you’d be quarantined to your home for two months, you’d have clapped your hands in anticipatory glee! Your mind would be racing over all the projects, hobbies, books, closets, epic changes to your health,…

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Live Your Best Life Despite Challenges

Think about how you want to live your life. Whether you want to shrink and fade beneath the weight of fear and uncertainty… Or face the challenges and find a way to rise up and live your best life. You may think you have no choice. But you do. You have all the choice. Just when you think things are going horribly wrong and you feel yourself stuck dwelling on your misfortune, remind yourself that it could actually be far worse. Yes, I know that doesn’t seem like much comfort, but…

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Lean on Hope to Push Away Fear

When my friend told me her mom tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, I wanted to tell her something helpful, something positive. But in the moment, all I could come up with was I’m so sorry. I’d love to tell her everything will be alright, but at this moment we can’t make many promises other than to be there to listen, and to pray for one another. With so much fear and uncertainty, one of the few things we can do is to lean on hope to push away fear. Thankfully,…

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Learn to Be Happy Right Now Amidst The Pandemic – Here’s How

In the middle of having the world turned upside during this pandemic, there are signs of hope and happiness. Videos of people singing joyfully on balconies, coming together in spirit even in isolation. People sharing humor and memes on social media to make each other laugh. Even during this unprecedented threat to our global well-being, can we learn to be happy? Happiness is harder to define than you’d think. It’s very personal and experienced by each of us differently. It’s a tricky emotion and can be elusive for many. We…

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