Mid-Week Balance: 28 March 2012

I’m sorry for those of you who missed MWB last week.  I was in the middle of one of those “life happens” kind of weeks.  But I have been saving up for you, and this will be a round-up that is all about pushing back when life happens.

First, from Anna Guest-Jelley of Curvy Yoga, a reminder that the work you are doing right now, the energy and attention that you are investing in your health and your self-care–all of that is worth it.

Dr. Elisha Goldstein, author of the Mindfulness & Psychotherapy blog, reminds us that play is an essential ingredient in our happiness–no matter what age we are.

To celebrate the first day of spring, Christy Matta reminds us that sometimes the best way to improve our outlook (emotionally, spiritually, and physically), is to take a break, unplug, and change our routine.  I couldn’t resist also including this post about strategies to shift negative thinking.  I often use these strategies with my patients, and this is a nice outline of how to change either/or thinking.

Linda Esposito always has a fresh and sometimes hilarious outlook on mental health.  I won’t give away her punchline, but this post on “the life lesson you missed” is worth a read.

I know that not all of my readers are parents, but I encourage you to take a look at this post anyway.  The tips that Leo Babauta offers are valid for all relationships, not just parenting.

I am a late-comer to this post, but I love the fact that bloggers like R. Pedarse are bringing their own stories into the dialogue to illustrate that physical health and emotional health are intimately tied together.  In order to get the best outcomes, we need a health system that supports the whole person.

I hope this finds you well, and as always, feel free to share your favorite resource of the week–including the ones that you’re writing!


2 thoughts on “Mid-Week Balance: 28 March 2012

  1. Hi Ann–

    Hope you’re feeling better :(.

    Thanks so much for the generous mention, and although she doesn’t read my blog, I imagine my mom would thank you, too.

    Loved the post by zenhabits–our kids are gifts that we only have for a short while. Funny–my kid loves few things more than when I get on my hands and knees and play with him. Elisha’s post on play was spot-on. We adults spend way too much time on routine and not enough on whimsy and spontaneity.

    My resource to share comes from a video (NIMH) about adolescent brain development that stresses (among other facts) that children do the majority of learning by observing their parents/caretakers and from everyday life events. Structured time doesn’t always provide the forum for teaching like we think it does… Also, teens spend 11.5 hours everyday connected to technology–Ugh!

    1. Linda,

      It can be startling and humbling to remember how much our behavior shapes and affects our kids. Thanks for sharing the video.


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