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

The Zone - Volume 24

As we continue to see that some of the plans that various colleges, schools, and businesses developed have had to be changed, we realize that we are still in a time of uncertainty and exploration. We may be moving away from the eye of the storm and preparing for what comes next. It may be the time to take the best of what we know and create the future we need. During these challenging times, many individuals have taken time to think about what is important to them and make plans accordingly. To reflect and think about this in a systematic fashion can be very beneficial. Examples of a process to accomplish this, can be the following. Thinking about what and where you would like to be in six months. Thinking about the aspects of your physical, mental or spiritual life and where you would like to be within them. Then think about the activities and frame of mind that you need to continue to practice to reach this point. These are the strengths that you possess and that have assisted you in your pursuits throughout your life. These are foundational to your success. Now, think about those activities and mind-sets that defeat you and have beleaguered you over the years. Perhaps those that were useful at one time, however you have outgrown them and it is time to stop practicing them. Now, think of practices and mindsets that may be new to you that you believe you need to start practicing. Although this process can be unsettling by the level of change it requires, the outcome can be gratifying.


Key Takeaways

  • As we realize that necessary changes to our planning are necessary, we may be witnessing the end of the eye of the storm.

  • Think about what you need to start – stop – continue doing to reach your desired goal.

  • This type of thinking and reflecting is difficult.

Best Practices

  • Your reflection may be enhanced by reaching out to others.

  • Remember to listen to your gut and feed it well.

  • When the time feels right, move boldly towards creating your future.

Things to Limit

  • Thinking that another stage of the storm will not happen.

  • Thinking that your body and mind will stay healthy without practicing self care.

  • Thinking that you can do this all on your own.


Quote of the Week

“Seedlings of life sometimes come out of the fertilizer of what was left behind."

~ Gillian Duce


In summary, change is a continual process that is frequently not comfortable, but necessary for growth. Reflecting on what you need to Start – Stop – Continue may provide you with a useful template to reaching your desired goals.

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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