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Being Resilient

Every day brings challenges to careers, family, finances, and health. Build your resilience to withstand the bad things and appreciate the good. Below are strategies for building resilience in your daily life.  For  more tips, read articles about cultivating resilience , inspiring examples,  and overcoming obstacles .  Also consult the resilience resources at websites maintained by Everyday Health ,  Harvard ,   NRRC , and WebMD . Resilience Strategies Understand Yourself   Adopt strategies for responding to it. Build on your skills, strengths, and talents.  Control Yourself  Use stress-reduction techniques like concentrated breathing, focused mindfulness, and closing eyes to focus.  Cope with Adversity Use coping strategies like journaling, reframing thoughts, exercising, spending time outdoors, socializing, improving sleep hygiene, and tapping into creative outlets. Be Happy    People who are more optimistic tend to feel more in control of their outcomes. To build optimism, focus on

Making Resolutions

Below is a list of resolutions for a healthier life. Select a few of them as goals for the New Year to improve your well-being. For help implementing the resolutions, see the articles, books, reviews, and websites listed at the end of this article. Resolutions Avoid Digital Addiction  - Avoid digital addiction by turning off notifications, putting devices away during family time, and setting daily time limits on personal use of email and social media. Be Active  - Do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise several times a week. Get up from your desk at least hourly for a short walk.  Control Stress  - Use daily meditation, deep breathing, and journaling to reduce stress. Listen to meditation music before bedtime. Drink Water  - Drink water throughout the day to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, prevent infections, and keep organs functioning. Eat Well -  Eat a daily diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods. Get Physical -  Stand up when possible while worki

Wearing Masks

Reduce Covid risk by staying up to date on boosters, wearing N95 masks, and avoiding large gatherings. Covid caution is especially important  during winter’s wave of flu and viruses. Keep a supply of masks and test kits. Carry a mask to use in public settings and avoid large groups. Click here  for articles about Coronavirus prevention and treatments.

Showing Gratitude

Giving thanks generates a sense of positivity that boosts happiness and well-being. Grateful people tend to have better interpersonal relations, increased energy, and reduced stress. Now is a good time to start showing thanks for the good things in your life. Following are tips for making gratitude a habit and resources to help implement them. Tips Alternatives - show thanks with acts of kindness, cards, donations, emails, in-person communications, and handwritten notes. Audiences - focus on clients, co-workers, family, service providers, and vendors. Journaling - keep a journal to record positive happenings, and express thankfulness. Environment - be alert to opportunities for giving thanks at church, home, offices, restaurants, and stores. Reasons - accentuate the positive and consider all things big and small in your daily life. Recognition - reward others for their assistance, contribution, and service. Volunteering - give thanks by giving back to the community and the profession.

Being Social

Reconnecting with co-workers, family and friends can be accomplished with technology and meeting in-person. Following are some tips for getting social and articles and books for implementing them.  Tips 1. Talk with people 2. Join special interest groups 3. Take adult education classes 4. Seek volunteer opportunities 5. Join a social media group Articles Creating Social Networks Improving Your Social Skills Making Friends Meeting People Online Rebuilding Connections Reconnecting with Friends Strengthening Relationships Books Connecting with Family and Friends Making Conversation Winning Friends