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Celebrate Life With a “Dance of Joy”

Stop for a minute to think about all the things you can celebrate about your life. Big or small, there are joyous things happening every minute of every day. Yet, many times you overlook and ignore the joy that stands before you.

Regardless of what’s going on in your life, and there may be many challenges and difficulties, there are still many wonderful things to acknowledge with thanks and gratefulness.

Here are a few to consider. See how many you possess. Even just one will make a difference:

If your health is good, if your bank account is full, if your children are close by and thriving, if you are employed, if you are surrounded by wonderful friends, if you have a beautiful home, if you have a car that works, if you have a terrific spouse, if you have a caring family, if you have strong and loving relationships, if you are able to come and go as you please, if you are free to be you…then you have much to celebrate.… CONTINUE READING

Reduce Your Anxiety: One Breath at a Time

Anxiety can be very debilitating for the person experiencing it. It can wake you up from a sound sleep and creep up on you during any daily activity. Many times people with anxiety feel they have lost control when their body starts feeling its symptoms, like your heart beats faster, you’re hyperventilating, feeling nauseous or have the shakes. When you learn to stop those symptoms before they get out of hand, you are taking back the one control you really never lost and that is control over how you feel. It is important to learn how to control those feelings to regain your peace of mind and overall contentment, which are so important for health, well-being and normal functioning.… CONTINUE READING

Choose Your Words Wisely: Stop Before You Speak

The power of a single word is obvious. Say something mean and hurtful in anger and it may be difficult to take back or forget. But say something kind when someone needs it most and you are a savior and inspiration. Words, therefore, are very powerful and must be chosen wisely and with much thought. IMG_2455

Think about words like happiness, kindness, silliness, laughter, playfulness and hopefulness and compare them to words like, grim, dismal, sadness, hopeless, misery, tearful and depressed. Their meanings are clear, but by arranging them a certain way, you can set a tone and convey a message to the person involved in the conversation.… CONTINUE READING

Adult Children: Are you a Support or Do You Meddle?

Is there a difference between being a support to your children and being too supportive? Should we as parents be worried?

I am the mom of two wonderful adult children. Both are college educated and on their own. My married son has a great job and he and his wife are financially stable. In fact, they have one little girl and are talking about #2. My single daughter lives 3000 miles away, and I worry about her all the time. Can I draw the line between being the supportive, caring mother, and not the interfering, meddling mom? If I ask too many questions, am I prying?… CONTINUE READING

Change Your Thinking: Now is the Best Time!

Do you understand the power of your mind? Have you wondered why your thoughts about an event are even more important than the event itself? This is crucial because everything you are and everything you have is a result of your thoughts.

Think about this. If you have a car accident, for example, do you anticipate having back and neck problems and get so anxious that you actually have cramps and diarrhea also?

Cognitive-behavioral therapists are trained to help you understand that your thoughts are affecting your moods, behaviors and ultimately your physical body and that you can change your experience by doing some simple, proven techniques.… CONTINUE READING