• #microblogMonday,  Athlete,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    #MicroblogMonday 30—Saying Yes to Your Needs

    “There are times when saying “yes” to our own needs, we must say “no” to the needs of others.  In other words, when you say yes to someone else’s needs, what are you denying yourself? Time, money, resources, energy or attention? There’s a trade off in some way. Recently, Simone Biles and Naomi Osaki, both top professional athletes, said yes to taking care of their own mental health needs. In doing so, they said no to the public’s need to see them perform. They showed incredible strength to take care of themselves in full view (and some criticism) of millions of people. Some have argued they demonstrated weakness in not…

  • Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    7 Things I Learned in Dealing with My Anxiety

    How are you feeling these days? Lethargic? Unable to focus? Anxious? Depressed? Or pretty well considering….? I’ve gone through roller-coaster days of “general, nonspecific grief” over the loss of so much I had taken for granted. Now I’m struggling with anxiety, including clenched teeth, middle of the night “busy brain”, over-eating, and oh-those-so-snarky comments. I’ve managed my anxiety over the years with meditation, journaling, and regular exercise, which all help. But….the pandemic-related issues, social unrest, concern for my family, California wildfires and poor air quality have overwhelmed me.  I know I’m not alone. All my usual anxiety-reducing good habits just weren’t working.  So…. I dug deeper to explore, learn and…

  • Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    5 Tips to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

    Last Sunday I returned home from a wonderful Italian vacation, far away from my everyday life and what awaited me. Travel is my delicious joy in life….always has been. Travel fills my soul and nourishes my spirit and senses open as I explore a new culture. With my senses wide open, I wasn’t emotionally prepared for bombardment of the tragedies and sadness in our 24/7 media. I arrived home to post-hurricanes’ devastation, the shocking aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting, and ravages and loss of life from the still uncontrolled horrific California fires. Those were the macro issues. In my circle of loves ones, I returned to an unexpected…