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I Manifested one of my Biggest Dreams

A few years ago, I manifested something.  I am a huge believer in the Law of Attraction, I have vision boards, and I truly believe in the concept of Ask, Believe, Receive.  One of my huge dreams/goals/vision board items was to be a published author.  Now here’s the thing, the law of attraction wasn’t going to write a book for me, edit it, design a cover and submit it for publication.  And I think that’s an important thing to remember.   If you want to manifest a healthy body – you are still the one that is going to have to eat better and exercise.  The Law of Attraction will maybe be bringing you the will power to do it.

So as I said, one of my biggest life dreams was to write a book and I did it.  The Law of Attraction helped me to find my muse.  Led me to and editor, helped me find someone to do the kindle formatting and helped me upload it to Amazon Direct Publishing and voila – book on kindle.

In the interim, I took a couple of writing classes and that brought me other options.  I learned about an amazing resource called Draft 2 Digital.   By using Draft 2 Digital, I was able to upload my book to sites other than Amazon, including Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo.  Am I raking in the bucks?  No of course not, and that’s okay.  Fulfilling a dream isn’t necessarily about getting rich.

I will be honest, I have since started two other books, one was a companion to my original book, Thinking Positive:  Take the Journey into Positivity . That book is almost a third of the way done on the first draft. The other is a work of fiction, and several chapters are written. I was making steady progress on both, when covid happened.

Now most people would think that being forced to stay home would mean plenty of time to write.  Oh how I wish that were true.  I’m a teacher so last spring was spent trying to figure out how to teach online and worse, trying to figure out how to make kids want to learn online.   That was hard and literally sucked the life out of me and every other teacher I know!  I spent my summer participating in trainings to learn how to be a better teacher both online and off and then boom, we were back in school.  First we were remote, then teachers were in school and kids were home, then we were remote.  Then we were back and some kids were back.  Then we were remote, then we were back and slowly phasing kids in for hybrid learning.   Now we are back in hybrid model, a group of kids in  on Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday is remote for all, and a different group of kids in Thursday/Friday.  It is EXHAUSTING and leaves very little time for anything else, least of all, writing.

A friend of mine who is not a fan of the Law of Attraction  felt that this lack of writing for me was proof that the Law of Attraction was nothing but bull.  But to me, it’s the exact opposite because my ideas are still there, and the desire is still there, and best of all, the time will be there, when the time is right.

Hold fast to your dreams.  Ask the universe for what you want, and believe it will happen – and most important, be open to the different ways it CAN happen.

How to Reach Your Life Goals the Right Way

How to Reach Your Life Goals the Right Way

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If you’re trying to achieve important goals in life, it’s important to devise a plan that works for your personality and takes both your motivations and fears into account. While the “right” path may look different for everyone, you have to set your goals with a clear end result in mind find ways to stay encouraged along your journey. Here are a few helpful tips to consider.

Give Your Goals a Time Limit

When you’re trying to achieve specific milestones, you need to give yourself a realistic timeframe to complete the task. If you simply have the desire to do something, you may always be waiting for the right time to “get around to it.” If your goal involves something that you truly desire, you may be reluctant to set a time limit due to fear of not accomplishing your objectives. Don’t let procrastination stop you from doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. Give yourself a time limit for completing all your goals to help you organize your time and stay on schedule.

Search for Relevant Resources

Once you have a goal in mind and have designated a time limit for reaching your goal, you have to search for resources that will help get where you want to go. For instance, if you live in the Riverside area and are looking to purchase a home, you can get information on VA loan limits in Riverside if you are a veteran. If you’re a student and you need to purchase a new car, contact dealerships to ask about student discounts. If your goal involves you receiving certification or additional education, your employer may be able to provide you with contact information for schools or companies that offer the training you seek. You may have to do some research or set up some appointments with professionals in your area who have achieved the goals you’re aspiring to accomplish. Having the right people and organizations on your side can make your goals tangible and keep you from being discouraged easily.

Learn How to Manage Your Stress

Even though you may feel motivated and positive about your goals, there will be times when the process will be difficult. You won’t always have countless hours of free time to meet your objectives and you’ll have to work about family obligations, work, or school. This means managing your stress is of the utmost importance. You can incorporate things like meditation, yoga, or spending quality time with a loved one into your goal so you can maintain a positive mindset. When you’re upset, stressed, or anxious, you’re less likely to make calculated moves that can lead to your success.

Stress management also reminds you to prioritize your health. If you have an important goal to reach, you don’t want to be too exhausted to enjoy your personal victory. While you’re working hard, you need to be reminded that getting enough rest, eating well, and enriching your relationships will help you form healthy habits that will make your accomplishment even more rewarding.

These suggestions may require a variety of actions on your part depending on what your goals are. You’ll also have to take your current daily schedule and family obligations into account so you’ll know how much time you can devote to your goals each day. It’s also important to reward yourself along the way. Even though the path to success can be daunting at times, you’ll get the push you need to keep moving forward if you take the time to celebrate how far you’ve come. Remember that small victories can lead to big achievements.

 

44 Positive Affirmations for Depression to Inspire Change

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44 Positive Affirmations for Depression to Inspire Change

MS Broudy, Ph.D
November 12, 2020

Have you ever given yourself a pep talk? You may not have realized it, but you were practicing a form of positive affirmation. Coping with depression can be discouraging and debilitating. Vocalizing certain phrases about yourself can provide a much-needed lift and motivate you toward positive change. Affirmations are a simple and useful tool that can help with depressive symptoms.

Reciting positive affirmations for depression

What Is a Positive Affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a self-statement that emphasizes your strengths, values, and favorable qualities. According to cognitive theory, depression is caused by distorted negative beliefs. Positive affirmations can be used to counter negative perceptions and bolster confidence in your abilities. For instance, you can replace the thought, “Nobody will ever love me” with the affirmation “I am worthy of love.” Many people who use affirmations recommend standing in front of a mirror as they repeat specific phrases to themselves, but you can perform them anywhere you feel is comfortable and effective. For increased success, it is suggested you practice your affirmations at least twice daily.

Do Affirmations Work?

Positive affirmations have been associated with multiple factors related to the reduction of depressive symptoms. Self-affirmation has been shown to activate parts of the brain that are associated with positive self-valuation. There is also evidence that suggests that affirmation increases the neural pathways related to a person’s reward centers, which undeniably boosts your mood. Further, an affirmation can serve as a protector against stressful situations that threaten your well-being. It can also help motivate people toward healthy behavior, such as eating fruits and vegetables. Maybe most importantly, the use of affirmation has been directly linked to feelings of optimism and happiness.

Keep in mind, however, the effectiveness of positive affirmations depends on their content. You need to be able to believe in what you are saying for them to be helpful. If you tell yourself something you know is not true or is unlikely to occur, it probably won’t help.

For example, if you keep saying to yourself that you look like a supermodel or are as musically talented as Adele, you are less likely to be able to convince yourself. In addition, the above research concludes that personally relevant affirmations appear more effective. Therefore, the more specific the affirmation is to your life, the better. Finally, affirmations that focus on the future seem to be most powerful. As a result, emphasizing behavior or outcomes that you can work toward will make them more productive. It may be useful to think of an affirmation as an active roadmap for positive thoughts and behavior.

Affirmations for Coping with Depression

There are literally millions of possible affirmations. Here are 44 you can use that are specifically geared for dealing with depressive symptoms:

While the above affirmations are suitable for numerous situations, one of the strengths of using affirmation is that it can be tailored to fit any area in which you are struggling. For example, if you are lacking confidence in whether you will do well on a work presentation you could affirm “I am prepared for today’s presentation and I will be successful.” Again, the more specific an affirmation is to your particular situation, the more it will resonate with you and produce positive results. Fortunately, affirmations can be made as distinct as necessary and easily changed to fit a particular circumstance.

Positive Affirmation as Part of a Depression Busting Package

Practicing affirmations daily is a useful tool in the fight against depression. It can improve self-image, reduce stress, increase healthy behavior, and boost mood. It is especially effective if the affirmations are personally relevant, realistic, and future-oriented. In addition, creating and performing an affirmation is a relatively simple process that only takes a few minutes.

It should be noted, however, that affirmations are not suitable as a lone treatment for depression. Clinical depression is a serious psychological disorder that often requires professional intervention. Affirmation is most effectively used as part of a treatment protocol that may also include psychotherapy, online counseling, medication, and positive lifestyle changes. While some steps for dealing with depression can be initiated independently, such as reciting positive affirmations, the most significant improvements typically result from working with a trained professionals.

MS Broudy, Ph.D

MS Broudy is a psychologist, writer, and consultant. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Psychology. He has spent over 20 years providing therapy and assessment services for a diverse set of clients. MS specializes in writing about mental health, parenting, and wellness. He has his own blog, mentalspokes.com, where he writes about psychological issues.

Being Positive in 2020

If there was ever a year that was the antithesis of thinking positive, it would be 2020.  Dealing with covid-19 is hard.  People are dying from this, and that’s tragic.  You would think during this horrible time, we’d all come together and support one another, but that isn’t happening, and for me, that is why this year is all about negativity.

I spend a lot of time on Facebook, probably too much time if we’re being totally honest, and what I see posted there breaks my heart.  Here in the states, I’ve seen an election tear a country apart.  Prior to that, I saw a president that did not reflect any of the values I believe in.  I’ve seen people belittle one another over their political choices.  I’ve seen friendships end, and I’ve even seen families torn apart.

I’ve seen people belittle one another over the wearing of masks, and amazingly, I’ve seen people complain that some groups of people are working from home.  On a personal front, I’ve seen parents saying the most horrible things about teachers, blaming the fact that schools are closed on teachers.  News flash…teachers don’t have that power.

I feel bruised and battered and beaten down on a daily basis, and I know I’m not alone.  So many of us are feeling this way.  People losing jobs left and right and there isn’t enough money to survive, let alone celebrate the upcoming holiday.

It is this time, more than any other we need to dig down and find that scrap of positivity and focus on it.  Think positive thoughts, spread some joy.  When you encounter a hateful post, or worse, a hateful person, walk away.  Don’t bring negativity like that into your life.  Do what you have to do to pull yourself out of the pool of negativity that has been 2020.  You can make a difference and spread some positivity in this world  – everyone can.

Smile more, lend a helping hand when you can, and remember this has been a horrible year for pretty much everyone, but if we pull together, we can make it a little bit better.

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Bring Positivity into your Home

How to Bring Positivity into Your Home

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Your home is a sanctuary, and the energy within it should feel bright and light. Through curation and aesthetics you can bring positive energy into your home — and it can be as simple as rearranging furniture and utilizing natural light.

 

Having a happy home is also good for your health. One survey found that 73% of people who are happy with their home are also happy with their life.

 

These days, we’re all spending more time at home so having a space full of positive energy is more important than ever. Keep reading to learn how you can transform your life and improve your health with positive energy at home.

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Get organized

Clutter promotes anxiety, and a cluttered home can even make it harder to sleep at night. Our minds connect cleanliness with health, so tidying up can boost your spirits and reduce stress.

 

Here’s some tips for getting organized:

  • Before you leave the house each morning, take a few minutes to put things away so  clutter doesn’t pile up.
  • Utilize storage baskets to organize items that don’t already have a home.
  • Install hooks to double the storage in your home. Closets and cabinets are great places to take advantage of hanging space.

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Choose a scent

Smells trigger memories and emotions more than any other sense. Find one or a few signature scents that bring you joy and calm and use this scent throughout your home.

 

  • Decorate your living space with scented candles. Light floral and vanilla scents are popular mood enhancers, and lavender scents can help with sleep.
  • If you’re not comfortable with candles in the bedroom, use scented plug-ins in this area of the home.
  • Your bathroom should also be full of delicious scents such as soaps and bath bombs. Carefully curate your guest bath with delicious scents that your guests can enjoy as well.
  • Purchase aromatherapy kitchen soap to turn dish washing from a chore into a relaxing habit.

 

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Take advantage of natural light

We spend 90% of our time indoors, and it’s impacting our Vitamin D levels. Experts recommend we need at least 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight a day. Arrange your space in such a way that you can get this dose of Vitamin D indoors.

 

  • Large mirrors will reflect light so hang or display them in a dark-lit area of the home to boost brightness.
  • Open up your curtains and blinds during the day to let the light flow in, and then close at night for privacy.
  • Boost productivity with daylight-tinted bulbs in areas of the home where you want to feel particularly energized, such as a home office or garage.

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Set up outdoor social spaces

Hanging outdoors has always been good for your health, but with COVID-19 it’s now recommended by the CDC as the safest way to have social interactions. Find creative ways to set your outdoor space up for entertaining.

 

  • Consider investing in an outdoor grill so you can host barbecues.
  • Set up outdoor furniture that faces each other so guests can commune.
  • A furry friend will keep you company and greet your guests.

Revitalizing your living space can promote joy and happiness. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either. There are plenty of budget-friendly and science-backed ways to bring positivity into your home. Check out this visual from The Zebra below for more ideas.

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How to Bring Positivity Into Your Home

How Negative Thoughts and Emotions Affect Our Skin (+ 6 Tips To Change That)

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All processes in our body are controlled by the nervous system. At the same time, the strongest bonds connect it with the skin, since they are the real embryological twins. Let us explain what this means. During the development of the embryo, the spinal cord and brain, peripheral nerves and epidermis are created from one material — the ectoderm, the outer germ layer of the embryo. And then these systems exchange a never-ending stream of messages for your whole life.

 

The relationship between the state of mind and skin

 

In dermatology, there is a section of psycho dermatology — a discipline at the junction with psychology. It studies the connection between skin conditions and our emotional background. And this is not surprising: the condition of the skin directly depends on the psyche.

 

The effects of stress

 

It is known, for example, that stress can worsen the course of such skin diseases like  dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. And, conversely, skin diseases, during which acne, irritation, dryness are observed, can cause severe stress. In addition, stress negatively affects healthy skin.

 

Some scientific works have proved that on the background of stress, the permeability of the skin barrier is disturbed, i.e. the main functions of the skin — barrier and protective — deteriorate.

Glucocorticoids, produced under stress, reduce the rate of lipid formation, depleting the hydrolipid mantle.

There is evidence that stress can also cause pigmentation disorders.

 

The complexion changes

 

Bad news, a quarrel, an unjust reproach, fatigue — and then the fresh, radiant face suddenly became grey and dull. All these, as well as insomnia, are stress factors, during which the release of the hormones catecholamines occurs. Peripheral vessels and skin capillaries are narrowed, blood and nutrient supply is reduced, so the skin turns pale and you get dark circles under the eyes.

 

Puffiness

 

Another vivid example of stress is a violation of the outflow of fluid, manifested by a slight swelling of the subcutaneous fatty tissue. And now there is swelling and pastiness, which, by the way, may not appear immediately, but after some time.

 

Reduced skin firmness

 

Many people note that against the background of stress, the skin loses its tone and elasticity. The face seems to be ageing, the skin looks flabby and lifeless. Violation of micro circulation inevitably affects its elasticity. But the decrease in tone is also associated with a general change in the tone of the muscles of the face and fibres of the connective tissue — they lose their readiness to contract.

 

Acne

 

Stress hormones trigger acne, and the appearance of imperfections on the face makes you nervous and aggravates the problem.

 

Increased skin sensitivity

 

The reverse side of stress is the development of dryness and hypersensitivity of the skin because of the fatigue and nervous shocks. This is due to an increased level of cortisol, which entails a disruption in lipid synthesis in the epidermis.

 

Symptoms of sensitive skin such as itching and tightness may become more pronounced with stress. But as soon as the situation returns to normal and there are no reasons for negative feelings, these phenomena will completely disappear.

 

How to improve your skin? Here are a few advices:

 

  1. If you are wondering how to improve your skin, restore its elasticity and radiance, then the first thing to do is to revise your diet. Those whose menu is based on fast food, fatty and heavy foods should change their habits right now. If your diet is balanced, has a lot of greens, fibre and other natural products, then you can periodically arrange cheating days for yourself. Just don’t turn them into cheating weeks or months.

 

  1. Take vitamin complexes, especially in winter and spring. It is very important that the body does not have a deficiency of vitamins A, B, C, as well as other essential substances;

 

  1. Don’t neglect proper skincare. Carry out an audit on the shelf, throw away all expired funds, as well as those that are not suitable for your skin type;

 

  1. It would be nice to fall in love with sports. Active movement improves the supply of oxygen to the body, so choose an activity that you like and go ahead. If you don’t want to go to the gym, walking in the evenings or yoga are a great choice too.

 

  1. Drink the right drinks. If you do not know how to improve your skin condition, train yourself to drink a healthy liquid. Eliminate strong drinks, soda, dairy drinks and alcohol from the diet. You can safely drink green tea, it is rich in iodine and has a lot of benefits and not only for your skin.

 

  1. Don’t forget that if you have a serious skin condition, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, none of the advice above will make them disappear, you should always seek professional help. Green Square Dermatology can help you with your treatment, education and ongoing prevention of serious conditions.

 

Conclusion

 

A look may not be the most important thing in the word, but your health certainly is. Don’t treat your organism and skin like they are not a part of you. You can always try your best to avoid all the negative situations and emotions and with following the tips we gave you, you will always look gorgeous, fresh and healthy!

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How Positivity Can Improve Our Physical Health

How Positivity Can Improve Our Physical Health

by Patrick Bailey

The connection between mental health and physical health isn’t something we hear a lot about in today’s fast-paced world but the proof is there. How we think affects how we feel. Even the random thoughts that float around in our heads have an impact. When these thoughts are positive we stand to benefit in more ways than one. Positive thinking and health are closely linked and it doesn’t take make to incorporate positivity into your daily life.

Can Thoughts and Emotions Affect Your Physical Health?

Most everyone knows what it feels like to be angry or even furious. While anger is an emotion, it also comes out in the body. Your heart rate increases, your muscles tighten, and your breathing changes. These physical expressions can take a toll on your health if they happen often.

Negativity develops out of patterns of thinking and feeling that work against your well-being. When left unchecked, chronic stress is the result. Chronic stress has damaging effects on the body’s systems, disrupting your hormone balance, weakening your immune system, and depleting the “feel-good” chemicals your brain uses to promote happiness. While negative attitudes and feelings can tear down the body’s health, the flip-side is also true. The relationship between positive thinking and health is just as strong.

The Many Layers of Positivity

A happy, worry-free state of mind about sums up positivity but there are some underlying layers that make this mindset possible. In a nutshell, positivity is a belief system that determines how you see yourself and the world around you. While this may sound like a “head-in-the-clouds” perspective, it has more to do with how you perceive life’s situations (both good and bad) and you react to them.

Another layer of positivity to consider has to do with self-talk or that seemingly random stream of thoughts that runs through your head throughout the day. If negative thoughts populate most of your inner chatter, it can be really hard to choose, let alone maintain, a positive outlook. Much like the effects of negativity on your health, the power of positive thinking is real.

Ways Positivity Can Improve Your Physical Health

Positivity Effects on Emotional Well-Being

Numerous studies have examined the link between a positive attitude and health. One particular study conducted by the University of San Francisco worked with people living with H.I.V. infection. Study participants were instructed to incorporate daily practices that were specifically designed to promote positive emotions. Daily practices included things like building a healthy social support network, paying more attention to the good things in their lives, and fostering behaviors that promote good health, such as eating right and getting proper rest. Results from the study showed the participants were less likely to need antidepressants to cope with their illness.

Positivity Effects on Aging

The effects of chronic stress reach all the down into our DNA, shortening DNA telomeres. Telomeres are the “end caps” on DNA molecules and they gradually shorten with age. With shorter telomeres, the body’s cells deteriorate and die off, which is what happens as the body ages. These cells are also more prone to becoming cancerous. The link between positive thinking and health can have a significant impact on telomere health along with other lifestyle improvements, such as regular exercise and healthy eating.

Positivity Effects in Addiction Recovery

Traditional approaches in addiction recovery place a heavy emphasis on positive attitude and health as can be seen in the central role support therapies play in helping individuals build drug-free lifestyles. Drug and alcohol rehab programs, across the board, understand the crucial role destructive thinking patterns play in driving substance abuse. Replacing this mindset with one that views and approaches self and daily life circumstances from a productive standpoint is an ongoing theme in the addiction recovery process.

Tips on How to Stay Positive

You can see the power of positive thinking at work in your life by making a few tweaks in your thinking and overall approach to daily life. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk
  • Look for the humor in daily life events and laugh as often as possible
  • Identify the “negative” areas of your life and focus on seeing the positive in each area
  • Spend time with positive people

While developing positivity doesn’t typically happen overnight, it can be done when you’re intentional about it. Making positivity and health work to your advantage can go a long way towards enhancing your quality of life.

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Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.

Website / Blog URL: http://patrickbaileys.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pat_Bailey80

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-bailey-writer

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https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-do-thoughts-and-emotions-affect-health

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How To Embrace the New Normal Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality

 

With everything going on in the world recently, it can be difficult to remain positive. The pandemic has impacted all of our lives in a way we couldn’t have imagined when ringing in the new decade. All the plans you made, whether that be traveling, hitting the gym every day or spending less time binge watching TV were affected by this worldwide crisis. So while nothing seems to be certain these days, we know for sure that everyone is affected. In fact, a recent poll showed that 72% of Americans felt their lives have been disrupted to at least some degree.

 

The internet is full of great resources and tips to stay active and remain positive while working from home and sheltering in place but what works for your favorite blogger or YouTuber may not necessarily work for you! That’s why FTD created a helpful visual that illustrates how each personality type according to Myers-Briggs deals with uncertainty.

 

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, and consists of eight traits:

 

  • Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

 

The test asks simple questions about your personality to see how you score on each of these four scales. Your personality type is then defined by the traits you scored higher on and is made up by four letters (f.ex. ENFP). There are a total of 16 different personality types that can further be combined into four groups that share specific traits: Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels and Explorers.

 

You can take the free MBTI test here, it only takes about 12 minutes and can give you a deeper understanding of your personality. When you have the results of your test, come back and check out how you can embrace the “new normal” so you can feel more confident making it through this year.

 

Embrace The New Normal

Give Yourself a Break

I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately. Self-reflection is good, too much – not so good! I’ve not been happy with who I am as a person lately. I’ve been dealing with some serious health issues, and I’ve allowed them, and the thoughts of them, to overwhelm me. I was finally coming to grips with everything and then covid-19 hit, and I went from being a teacher in a school, to teaching from my bedroom online, while my daughter worked in the living room and my son in his bedroom.

It was a huge struggle, we had exactly one week to take everything we were doing in a classroom and get it online. We didn’t do well and the kids didn’t do well. I was working from 7:00 in the morning, until 11:00 – 12:00 at night, trying to connect with kids, and it’s continued into this summer. It’s made me realize something. Taking time for me isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity. It’s a necessity for all of us. And the way that time looks is going to be different for everybody, and that’s okay. We’re all different, our “me” time should be different as well.

So take some time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be hours, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were! I know our initial impulse is to give our all to the things that we do, work, play, friends and family. But if you keep giving your all and don’t take time for you, you’re going to crash and burn. Don’t do that to yourself. Take the time for you to indulge in a hobby, or even just to sit and do nothing. You’ll be better off in the long run!

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