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Quote of the Week

This is the first in a weekly feature containing a quote of the week.  

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment, and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next”.  Gilda Radner

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Energy & Emotions IV: What’s the Up Side?

I think it is safe to say that when we wake up each the morning, we have some sense of how the next twenty-four hours will transpire.   Most days are pretty routine.   We are startled awake by the sound of the alarm buzzing in our ear, a radio announcer discussing the traffic or in my case a whining dog.   Whether we are ready to or not, it’s time to get up and start the day.    Morning  routines can become somewhat robotic in nature: go to the bathroom, shower, dress, eat breakfast and head out the door to work.  Obviously,  the order in which these tasks are done varies among persons and may include other items such as working out, packing a lunch or walking the dog.    We depend on these routines to jump-start our day and energize us for the hours ahead.   No matter how mundane the routine may be, we can depend on it.

Unfortunately, there are also those days that don’t go quite so smoothly, we over sleep,  the car won’t start or we can’t find our glasses.  Everyone has had those days, they tend to make one feel somewhat “off'” all day.   Routines can provide us with so much comfort, that any diversion from  routine can lead to a host of emotions.  Emotions such as anger, frustration and embarrassment could surface.   I feel my shoulder muscles toughen from the anxiety of just writing about this.   It is not uncommon for us to want to relay to others how catastrophic our day was – perhaps just to let it out of our system or maybe for a little sympathy.

But when it’s all said and done, what can we learn from the glitches that throw a wrench into our routine , what’s the up side  I know, what you want to say, I can hear what  you are thinking – it was a terrible day – how can there possibly be an upside?  The upside is that you still got to work on time despite over sleeping,  you finally got around to getting the car fixed, ( something you’ve been putting off for a while) and you learned that the first place that you should always look for your glasses is on top of your head.   In situations like these we can get over the effects of a bad day pretty quickly  if we can reframe our thoughts in order to  figure out what we learned and challenge ourselves to find  the “up side’  of the situation.     The examples above are issues which although annoying are relatively minor.  When a  major crisis occurs it can impact your life forever making it very difficult to find anything good to hold onto, however, it can be done. 

When we are faced with upheavals in life, our emotions become askew.  Here are a few general tips for handling challenging situations:

  • We always have a choice about how we view and/or respond to a situationOur view of a situation at the time it occurs may change as we develop more insight about what occurred.
    •  focus on the things that you have control of  and let go of the what you can’t control.
    • strive for a positive outcome.
    • Allow yourself to feel – let your emotions out.
    • A good cry can work wonders
    • Take care of yourself emotionally and physically.
  • Don’t let a bad situation lower your self-esteem. 
    • Use affirmations such: ” I am a good person”
    • Separate you are as a person, from the situation 
  • Use creative problem solving skills
    • channel your knowledge, skills ands abilities to defuse the situation.  
  • Rely on your friends, family or other support systems.
    • someone to hold your hand, give you or hug or just listen can help immensely.

And most importantly, ask yourself: “WHAT’S THE UP SIDE?”

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

English: Managing emotions – Identifying feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.  Norman Vincent Peale

In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these. Paul Harvey

It’s not the situation, but whether we react (negative) or respond (positive) to the situation that’s important. Zig Ziglar 



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Energy and Emotion 2

Part 2 – Emotions
In addition to monitoring your physical environment, it is important to take care of yourself emotionally. Excess worry, stress and anger can sap a lot of one’s energy causing an increase in pain, sleepless, depression and other physical reactions. Here are some tips on how to monitor your emotion health. 

  • Evaluate your relationships
    • Spend time with people who are positive and supportive. Avoid relationships that cause you distress.
      • Negative encounters can sap what little energy one has by increasing stress, anger, sadness and a host of other emotions.
      • Positive encounters can invoke enriching and happy emotions.
  • Plan some relaxation and reflection time into each day. 
    • Take a nap
    • Meditate
    • Listen to music
    • Read a book
    • Any other quiet activity
    • Journal
  • Don’t spend time mulling over things you have no control over.
  • Look for something positive in each situation.
  • Laugh every day.

“Our health is our most precious asset we have at any given moment. Invest wisely!”
Leslie Sansone


Energy and Emotion

Part 1 – Energy

Energy: a word I’ve heard many times throughout my wellness journey.  Energy comes in many forms; there is energy that is within us, energy that is around us, personal energy, good energy or bad energy.  Merriam Webster defines energy as “a usually positive spiritual force.”  
Energy doesn’t come easily to those of us who suffer with chronic pain, fatigue and a variety of other symptoms.   We need to harvest every ounce of energy possible and use it carefully.  This takes time, patience and awareness.    Here are some tips to help you gain an understanding own of how you could determine ways to maximize your energy.

  • Determine how your body clock works. 
    • What time of day are you most alert and focused?
    • What time of day are you the most tired are and less focused?
    • Are you a “day person” or a “night person?”
  • Schedule tasks, appointment and etc.  for the time of day when you are most alert.
    • If you have important paper work or appointments to handle, scheduling them for a time when you are at your best is a good time saving.   Being tired and unable to focus can make an otherwise easy task seem difficult.
    • If driving is affected by your “body clock,”   take that into consideration when scheduling appointments.  Your safety & the safety of others could be at risk, if you are unable to give full attention to your driving. Get plenty of rest.
    • If possible, go to bed at the same time every night. 
    • If you have problems sleeping, be sure to allow some time in the morning to get some extra sleep
  • Be flexible when planning your daily activities.  
    • Make friends and loved know that you love to spend time with them, but you may need to reschedule if you are not feeling well.
    • If you are invited to something that is scheduled at a time that doesn’t work well with your body clock – plan ahead by resting or napping before the event.
    • Do not schedule too many activities in a day.  Doing too much may cause a setback that could affect you for a couple of days.


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