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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 11

Whenever we experience major transitions in life, a host of emotions, thoughts and behaviors may pour forward. As the Pandemic continues to impact our lives we must make ongoing transitions. Sometimes finding the balance in the transition may make us feel that everything is random and doesn’t make much sense. Upon further exploration, however, we may find that underlying patterns and interconnectedness become evident. When you think of previous transitions in your life; graduations, new positions, new relationships or having a baby, you initially experienced a flood of new responsibilities, tasks, ideas and patterns of behavior. As you adjusted to the changes you probably reached a new balance, creating a new normal. As we continue to adjust to the Pandemic changes it may be useful to reflect on previous transitions and the personal insights that you have learned. Viewing this transition from a resilient mindset allows you to clarify strengths, identify obstacles and create meaningful plans to move to a new personal balance.


Key Takeaways

  • We are living in a time of serial transitions.

  • Working toward a personal balance is the goal in life’s transitions.

  • Previous transitions of life offer clues of how we handle the Pandemic transitions.

  • Further developing a resilient mindset is important in dealing with life’s major changes.

Best Practices

  • Maintain a disciplined pace to change.

  • Enrich your social support system.

  • Take time to reflect, in your own personal way, on past successful transitions.

  • Refresh your body and brain by getting 7-8 hours of sleep daily.

Things to Limit

  • Awfulizing.

  • A frenetic pace to change.

  • Placing too much on your plate.

  • Delaying sleep to continue mindlessly searching the Internet.


Quote of the Week

“Those times of transitions are great opportunities to look for recurring patterns in your life and make adjustments to build on the good and reduce the bad.”

~ Dan Miller


In summary, as we face new transitions it is important to not overreact to the challenges before us. Creating new pathways and widening some that we already are on, to navigate the new normal, offers each of us hope and purpose that can fulfill us.

Be well,

Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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