Decorate Your Home for Happiness

It’s been almost a year of the pandemic.  Boredom is a result most of us are familiar with.  Life awaits us with adventures to be had, relationships to forge and nurture, new experiences and opportunities behind every corner. Yet we still have fears and limits to what we can do safely during this time.  The result is we spend most of our time within our homes.   Last Sunday I wrote about how my home is my haven and asked what is your refuge.  Today let’s consider how our home affects our happiness and mental health.

 

 

 

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Career Frustration And Your Future

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  

 Annie Dillard

 

 

One third of your life is spent at work according to Gettysburg College.  For some people, it may be an even larger percentage of time working.   Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are now working from home, often at reduced hours, or, unfortunately, have lost their jobs altogether.  What is your job to you? Is it merely a means of putting food on the table and keeping the roof over your head? Or is it something more? Your career should be more than just a job. It should be a vocation. The thing that gives you meaning and purpose. It won’t always make you want to leap out of bed and throw your arms around the world every morning. But it should give you a sense of satisfaction and belonging that goes beyond being happy to see your paycheck at the end of the month. A bad job can make you ill physically and mentally.  A good job can make you happy.  I know this from my own experiences.

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10 Questions To Ask Youself When Life Is Hard

Modern life can be hard, and feeling stressed or down is part of the norm. If you occasionally feel this way, let’s look at it as an opportunity for self growth. Have you noticed many of the most successful people at managing life like to ask questions?  They are curious and ask questions of others and themselves.  They embrace an attitude of learning throughout life. Before implementing the changes needed to transform your life for the better, you must know why problems have surfaced. Periodically we all need to do self inquiry; asking ourselves questions to help us grow, adapt, and deal with our goals and lives.

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Winter Blues & Other Mental Health Woes

It’s now October and in some areas of the country, days of gray skies may now be more frequent. My sister lives in the greater Detroit area in Michigan, and all this last week she has complained about dark, rainy days. The rain stopped and she had 4 gray days in a row. That is typical weather for fall and winter in Michigan.  This time of year can make you feel blue and experience a loss of energy. Be aware that some people can be sad or depressed during low light days of winter.  It is called (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wrote about my feelings of sadness and feeling lethargic when I lived in Tennessee and Michigan during the winter days of gray. In fact, that is one of the reasons I moved to Miami in my 20’s. I’m just so much happier in bright sunny Florida.  Read More