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In this month's article, Thinking about Mothers, I ask you to consider some questions that may bring new light to your relationship with your mom.
In Tips for Focusing on What Counts, I suggest that how we set our minds before we doze off can have a healthy or deleterious effect on our well-being.
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Thinking About Mothers
As Mother's Day approaches, it may be helpful to spend a moment and think about your mother, whether or not she is alive; whether or not you are in touch.
Here are a few questions that I originally included in I'm OK, You're My Parents, 10 years ago.
I suggest you find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted, shut down your electronic devices, and then, as you clear your head, take a few deep breaths:
How would you describe your mother? Physically, emotionally, socially?
What are the characteristics you admire about her?
Which aspects of your mother's personality or behavior do you want to emulate?
Which aspects of your mother's personality or behavior do you wish you could change?
Why do these attributes or behaviors bother you?
What are situations where you have felt embarrassed by your mother?
What are situations where you have felt proud of her?
In what ways do you admire your mother?
In what ways is your relationship with your mother fulfilling (or satisfactory)?
What would you like to say or write to your mother?
What would you like your mother to know (appreciate, accept, understand) about you and / or your life (choices)?
Select specific situations in which you have witnessed your mother's behavior which you find disturbing or troublesome. Why do you believe she behaves the way she does? In your opinion, what factors contribute to her behavior?
How are you like your mother?
A Good Daily Habit
Spend time with a Pet.
Improve your mental and physical health by spending time with a pet.
FINALLY! The research to support what most animal lovers have known for a long time is in.
Time with pets help to balance mood, reduce stress, help relieve physical pain, and keep hearts healthy.
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Tips for Focusing on What Counts
What works best to help ensure the healthiest life we can have? A restorative sleep? A kinder heart? A focused brain?
Reviewing all of the people who "wronged" us, who hurt us, who "dissed" us will not lead to a positive or healthy outcome. It is more likely to contribute to bitterness and loneliness because cortisol (stress hormone) is released and re-released.
So instead of counting slights:
Count Blessings. Focusing on the good in our lives gives us an opportunity to open up to other positive experiences because we "set our minds" in a gratitude mode as the endorphins flood our body.
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May 12, 6:30-8:30PM: Panelist. Topic: Wealth -- Blessing and Curse: How Much is Really Enough?
Harvard Club of NY
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Alzheimer's Foundation of America
May 15th, 11:45AM - 12:30PM: Speaker. Topic: Caring for the Caregiver - How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout.
New York Hilton Midtown.
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"Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude."
Victor E. Frankl
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who
on NBC's Today show.
She has more than thirty
years of experience and focuses on living a
life, creating and maintaining healthy relationships, parenting, aging well, caregiving, and managing stress, life and work transitions.
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including:
A Practical, Helpful Exploration of the Intimate and Complex Bond between Female Siblings From the
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
Wedding Sanity Savers
Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes and
Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect
Savers: Tips for Women to
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As Seen on the TODAY SHOW!
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