7 Ways to Manage Your Life and Reduce Stress

I have had an amazing response to my posts about burnout. Turns out that I’m part of a big group of people who are caught in the same chains. There is so much that needs to be done and so little time to get it all done. To make matters worse, Christmas is around the corner and we all know what that means. (By the way, I have 3 gifts hiding upstairs. YAY!) I did some research and came up with a list of things to help me manage my life if I...

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Schizophrenia – Maligned and Misunderstood

How many times have you watched television and the villain has schizophrenia? Or worse (cue drum roll here) he has paranoid schizophrenia. Sheesh, get a grip and find an illness that is somewhat probable. Schizophrenia occurs in less than 1% of the population worldwide. I’m not saying that people with this illness don’t get violent. Some do, the same as pastors, ministers, doctors and shrinks. But it’s not nearly as common as writers...

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What Will Tomorrow Bring? A Day With My Mother

Who knew what was coming? I didn’t. I assumed that lots of the stuff my mother shared was simply because that’s how she was.  She didn’t ever talk about menopause so I assumed women of my family didn’t have any problem with the change of life. (Boy was I wrong.) At some point, things changed a lot in my life. My eyesight started to decline. The convergence of a late in life separation, unemployment and buying a house...

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I’m Not Crazy! Are You Crazy?

Mental health is a tenuous thing. We all want it. And yet many of us struggle with it every day. Think of the people you know who suffer from anxiety or depression.  The numbers are staggering.  Officially one in five of us will experience a mental illness at some time in our lives. The other 4 of us will be impacted by someone who is mentally ill. So what is it?  First of all, mental illness isn’t one thing. It’s a continuum of health....

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