Monkey Brain. I don’t know where I first heard that phrase, but I envision a half dozen monkeys jumping up and down, swinging from tree to tree and chattering and screaming at each other.
There is something to be said about that moment of enlightenment where you realize you’re feeling sad or anxious and you don’t know why, and then, bam, it hits you!
Stress is a normal part of life for most people, but for those who’ve taken on the responsibility of taking care of an elderly loved one, the strain can quickly take its toll.
In fact, research consistently shows how the emotional and physical burden of caregiving, along with the uncertainty it brings, means caregivers are far likelier to develop chronic stress than non-caregivers.
We’ve all been there; suddenly stressed and needing a few minutes to calm down. But it is not easy, to find “space” for a time out when you’re with a group of people. This is especially true if you don’t want those around you to realize you are in an agitated state.
Whether we need to tell our adult children that we’ve started dating, or our best friend confides in us that she has been diagnosed with cancer, we often find ourselves in the midst of a difficult conversation.
Stress and anxiety are complex and have many causes. That said, while their causes are diverse, one common tread runs through both – a lack of a sense of control. When we feel out of control, we suffer.
On a practical level, we may worry about our inability to control an illness that we are facing or to manage our financial situation. We may even worry about our inability to control our own thoughts and emotions.
Let’s face it. We’d rather be “on.” We’d rather have that edge where we feel connected and that everything is going with the flow. But life isn’t like that, is it?
Essential oils have garnered a lot of attention lately for their powerful health benefits. You may have come across essential oils being sold in shopping centers, and thought, “Well, they smell good, but do they really have any powers beyond that, or is this just another health fad?”
Are you looking for some new ways to relax? I am! You know, one of the stereotypes about getting older is that the older we get the less active we become. Well, I don’t know about you, but, I am busier than ever!
I may have left my corporate career behind, but, I am managing my own business, following my passions, helping my family, volunteering, exploring, learning and growing. If anything, it feels like I need to find more time to relax.