Summer is passing
and we are still
dealing with the pandemic
When I sent out my last newsletter, summer had not yet arrived, we were all trying to figure out how we would be handling restrictions and working from home issues.
As the months have gone by some of us have found ourselves in crisis situations, facing issues such as illness, financial difficulties, the effects of isolation, frayed nerves, racial inequities, news overload, interrupted careers & educations, cancellations of family celebrations, graduations, and other traditional gatherings, including the inability to honor loved ones we have lost. In 5 months life as we knew it has been turned on its head, and it isn't surprising or unexpected that we find ourselves anxious, depressed, worried, and exhausted.
It is easy to understand how well-being habits can be abandoned during a time such as this. Some days, just the act of getting out of bed is a victory. And yet, we know that we need to support our resilience - that protective layer of psychological armor that helps us weather bad times. Recently, my armor has been wearing thin, and I bet yours has too.
Last newsletter I was talking about the class I was about to teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Rutger University. For 5 weeks we talked about 5 Well-Being Habits that enhance your resilience. The idea was not to adopt all the habits at once, but to work through them, think about them, and find those habits that made sense.
The class is done, but I have kept the set of handouts online. I recommend looking at the list, and considering exploring a habit or two. 5 Well-Being Habits Handouts
Will I see you in September? I'll be teaching two classes at OLLI-RU, each one involves a Well-Being Habit.
You can join me for a one-time Laughter Break. - the Laughter well-being habit!
or, a 4-week exploration of Renewal, Revision and Reinvention after 50 The sense of purpose, or personal mission habit.
You can watch an introductory presentation to the 5 habits, a mindful laughter meditation, and other videos, on my video page.
until next time, Don't Go Gently, Go Laughing!
For the future time when things get back to "normal":
If you are involved with planning a conference, lunch-n-learn, club meeting or would otherwise be interested in bringing the Smile Side of Life to your event, you can contact me at email@example.com. I'm also available for online meeting presentations.
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