With kids going back to school, summer winding
down and thoughts of new beginnings, it is time to
focus on you and making your own changes. That's
why this edition of Sanity Savers and More
gives you helpful suggestions on how to
and great tips if your School Days are Here
Everyday there are life challenges that require our
sanity saving and that's why I'm writing a new book
Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a
Balanced Life which is available on line for pre-order.
Keep in touch and let me know if you have some
Sanity Saving ideas to include here or
in my new book. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|New SANITY SAVERS Book
In Bookstores Next Spring!
You can pre-order my new book SANITY SAVERS:
Tips for Women to Live A
Balanced Life which hits
bookstores Spring 2007.
It is a wonderful guide filled with all sorts of stress
busting tips for women of every age based on my
Sanity Saver ideas in this monthly e-newsletter.
Volunteer: What the World Needs Now Is YOU!
Everyone everywhere can use a helping hand. At
some point in your life, someone was probably there
for you at a difficult or lonely moment of your life. If
someone wasn’t there, wouldn’t you have
appreciated it if someone HAD been? Why not
become that person you most wanted and needed,
and then be available for someone else?
Volunteering to help others, especially when you are
older (a time of life when many people focus on what
they either no longer have or can no longer do), can
be an enriching experience that will give you an
immeasurable sense of self-worth, as well as an iron -
clad defense against feelings of isolation and
- Do What You Like to Do - Do
be in a setting that suits you and your personality. If
you like to be around babies, there are plenty who
would love to be held and cuddled, and who need
affection. If animals are your thing, offer to take
some of the shelter dogs for walks. Tutor a child at
the local clubs or youth organizations. If you have
musical talents, offer to play the piano at the local
nursing home or church social.
- Don’t Look for Anything in Return -
you are older -- and hopefully wiser and more mature-
-you understand that the returns are often not what
you thought they would be. Allow yourself to be
surprised by what you experience.
- It Is a Real Job- Think of your volunteer
as your job. Focus time and energy into your work
and realize that you’re helping other people in a
- Don’t Get in Over Your Head - Get to
the routine of the job and the environment. Find a
schedule that works for you and when you are at
your most energetic and alert. You can always do
more; what is difficult is jumping in too soon and
having to cut back on your commitment. People will
soon be dependent upon you and grateful to you, so
get off to a good start by being realistic about what
you can do.
Share your gifts.
TODAY Show (NBC)
Friday, September 1st
Midlife for Women: Crises or Awakening?
times of other upcoming segments will be posted
on Dr. Dale's website.
Naomi's New Morning (Naomi Judd)
Sunday, September 3, 11:00am (10:00am CT)
The Hallmark Channel
The Lisa Birnbach Radio Show
Every other Wed., 9:20-10:00am
Sept 5th: Empty Nest Syndrome
Sept 20th: To be Announced
The Lisa Birnbach Show airs LIVE
>>Go to the
Lisa Birnbach Show
A Good Daily Habit
Learn one new thing every day.
Whether it's a new word, computer technique or how
to fix something at home, open yourself up to
Increase your knowledge and keep growing!
|Sanity SaversTM TIPS
School Days Are Here Again
(For YOU and Not the Kids)
It’s time to hit the books. Whether you are returning
to school because of life circumstances such as
job loss, illness, shift in family responsibility, divorce,
retirement or were never able to enter or finish
college or a job training program, studying may be a
bit more challenging than
when you were younger.
With many new fields emerging, there’s good reason
to change or start a different career. Enrolling in
classes now can not only prepare you for a new field,
it can increase your self confidence and help sharpen
- Revisit and Restructure. . . your
impressions of yourself as the student you “used to
be.” You are not doomed or programmed to keep the
same assessment of yourself as a student based on
how you did when you were younger.
- Re-think and Re-phrase . . . your own or
other people’s comments about the type of student
you were in elementary, junior high, high school and
college because that no longer applies and it
certainly does not predict how you will do this time
- Reassess . . . your vision of yourself.
See yourself as a student. Appreciate that you are
open to learning and are motivated to enter a new
field. Or just learn for the sake of learning.
- Reengage . . . and enjoy the fact that
engage in intergenerational dialogue about topics of
mutual interest and that will surely contribute to
keeping you young and vital. Take the fact that you
will be older than your professors and most of the
other students and see the humor in it. Be a role
Engage in learning at any age in any way accessible
"Be the change you want to be in this world."
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who appears
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-
years of experience and focuses on living a balanced
life, parenting, aging well, managing stress, life &
work transitions, family connections and healthy
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including:
SistersFrom the Heart:
Their Private Thoughts about their Private
Families and their Hearing-Impaired
OK, You're My Parents
Let Go of Anger and Create a Relationship that
book . . .
Wedding Sanity Savers
Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes and
Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect
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Wedding Sanity Savers
How to Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes and Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect Day
You're My Parents
How to Overcome Guilt, Let Go of Anger, and Create a Relationship That Works
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