As the state of the un-normal continues, it becomes clearer that each of us needs to focus on what we personally can do to meet our needs over the next few months. Tapping into the new knowledge of our strengths, along with the new insights we have gained from the past six months, can assist us with our preparations for the future. Developing inner strengths and outer resources are two areas to possibly examine as part of our preparation in moving forward. The review could include: assessing your strengths, increasing enthusiasm for living, strengthen relationships that have demonstrated a sense of shared commitment, assess healthy coping mechanisms, especially newly recognized ones, and continue to build self-regulation skills. The purpose of focusing on what is needed for each of us, over the next few months, is to enhance our ability to “breathe-easier.” Metaphorically and literally, this offers one a higher possibility for a more enhancing (mind-body-spirit) state of living.
“It’s not over, until it’s over.”
Foster relationships that build on a shared commitment. Some of these can include: personal, spiritual, community and nature.
Be the author of your next chapter.
Enhance mind-relaxing practices.
Practice meal-planning ahead of grocery shopping.
Nurture relationship building activities.
Things to Limit
Eating on the fly.
Holding your breath.
Quote of the Week
“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh
In summary, while taking responsibility for one’s life may sound exciting, the process takes time, effort and energy. We are not able to control all that happens to us; however, we have enormous impact on our reactions to what happens in life. This sense of self-regulation can be personally refreshing and can open many exciting possibilities of what lies ahead. Facing our fears and welcoming the challenges that lie ahead of us is both exciting and profound.
Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD
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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.
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