Happiness

As Life Opens Up

As life is opening up more and more now, it seems like a good time to check in. How are you doing? I was recently re-reading an article I wrote in March 2020 right after COVID-19 was declared a world pandemic. It’s about how to use our inner resources in challenging times. Interestingly, I found it still quite relevant, even though “things” are opening up and the infection rates are way down due to the diligence of the shut downs and the vaccination programs in place. So why would this time now be challenging if…

An Exercise in Gratitude

100 Things You Are Grateful For (or would be grateful to receive in future) This exercise is simple; just think and write out 100 things you are grateful for (or would be grateful to have some day). “100 things??”, you say! “Wow that’s a lot!” It may seem to be…and that may be the point. Too often, we are not used to using our minds and hearts to be aware of all we are grateful for in our lives. When you begin this exercise, it may be easy to come up with 20 items on…

Grateful We Survived!

My husband and I recently had an experience that was rather scary and to say the least-stressful. We were driving down the freeway in the HOV lane doing 69 mph when the car-a 2015 Subaru Outback that has been well maintained-went into a screeching skidding stop! My husband did not have his foot on the brake. He was able to pull over to the shoulder, but we were still sticking out in the HOV lane a bit, as the shoulder was not really wide at that place. We were very fortunate that no one was…

April is Chock Full of Awareness Month

Did you know April is a month chock full of “awarenesses?” I didn’t! Until I remembered it is Stress Awareness Month. And, then I researched what else might April bring our awareness to. Well, turns out there are many, but there are three that I feel is important to focus on. Stress Awareness Emotional Overeating Awareness Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness. All 3 of these can be helped with hypnosis/hypnotherapy. And, all 3 have stress and anxiety as a common denominator. Stress and anxiety almost always trigger and exacerbate emotional overeating and IBS. As we…

In Celebration of the “Love” Month!

The month of February is a special month for me. #1-I have a birthday in February! #2-I said YES to my husband’s proposal of marriage on Valentine’s Day in 1993!! #3-It’s the American Heart Month-focusing on having a healthy heart-by the American Heart Association. Wear Red on Friday, February 5th for support!   #4-Of course, there is Valentine’s Day-a day to dedicated to the emotion of LOVE! Whether you are honoring your beloved, your family, your friends, your furry children, or yourself, it’s a day to open your heart to all the love that exists…

Top 10 Things to Say to YOURSELF!

Your Words are Important! Often the things we say to ourselves we wouldn’t even think of saying to another person We blame, shame, call names of the meanest sort, nag, belittle and bully ourselves through self-talk. What if, instead, we were gentler with ourselves, asked ourselves questions and listened to the responses. What if we treated ourselves as we treat a best friend, someone we love dearly. Here’s a Top 10 list of loving things to say to yourself. What do you feel? Asking ourselves what we feel can help put names to, and identify…

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