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Have You Started Death Cleaning Yet?

pile of boxes, bags, clothes in an open storage unit

“I’ve never seen the settlement of an elderly person’s estate that didn’t involve at least one Dumpster,” said an estate lawyer. If you have helped with the post-death cleanup of a relative’s worldly possessions, you know the lawyer’s words are true. Margareta Magnusson, an elderly Swedish artist and author, would like[…]

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Be Willing to Leave Your Baggage Behind

closeup of antique trunk showing strap and lock

My dad was a master of the profound pithy saying. One of his favourites was, “When the building is burning, leave your baggage behind.” Dad usually offered that sage nugget of wisdom during work crises. It was a reminder that the war was more important than the small battle; that[…]

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7 Great Reasons to Spend Time Alone

woman standing alone under tree looking out at water

“I want to be alone,” said Greta Garbo in the movie Grand Hotel. I hear it, with Garbo’s accent, as “I vant to be alone” accompanied by a dramatic hand to the forehead. Maybe that’s because I crave any chance to spend time alone. I’m a woman who enjoys periods[…]

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Engage in Your Version of Stone Therapy

pile of gray stones and rocks

I first learned of stone therapy from my friend, Bob. Bob had done exemplary work for a mining company for much of his adult life. About ten years before he was due to retire, he got a new boss. The two men didn’t get along. When Bob returned from a[…]

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It’s National Scrabble Day. Want to Play?

three words on a Scrabble board

Every other Tuesday throughout the winter and early spring, I meet up with a friend. We take turns hosting, which means preparing lunch. We also take turns winning (although she wins about 65% of the time) as we play one or two games of Scrabble. Since today (April 13th) is[…]

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Take Time for a Walk in the Woods

section of forest with moss and leafy tree

I recently spent two and a half hours tromping about in the woods on my property. My walk in the woods was, at first, motivated by money. Twenty minutes in, my walk in the woods was about pleasure, peacefulness, and learning. In other words, it became an activity of self-care.[…]

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Do You Really Need to Drink More Water?

glass of cold water

  When it comes to habits for better health, many experts will urge you to drink more water. In fact, water consumption is such a big deal that one website offers their top 100 apps that help you track your water consumption, and that’s just for iOS. It would seem to[…]

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Ten 10-Minute Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day

Young girl lying on mat reading a Dr. Seuss book

Recalling and reliving comforting childhood moments is a great form of self-care. Since we are a generation raised on Dr. Seuss, I’m willing to bet that there will be at least one 10-minute activity in the following list that will reignite some of those wonderful memories. Take ten minutes today[…]

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Guided Meditation Help for Beginners and Skeptics

lotus flower against lush green foliage

You would have to be living under a rock to imagine that meditation is a zero-sum activity. Study after study confirms the benefits of meditation for everything from decreasing anxiety, depression and stress to improving memory, compassion, and attention. So if you haven’t started to meditate, or if you have started[…]

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