Three tips for managing the anxiety of an empty diary

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Over the last two weeks, lots of my clients have been telling me that they are having trouble with the change of pace that has been forced on every one that isn’t an ‘essential’ worker. For many people, this means moving from a 9-5 routine to having enormous amounts of free time, but no activities available outside the home. Of course, most people have lots of things that they have been dreaming about doing for years. Whether that is writing a book, getting on with a sewing or art project, cleaning the cupboard or connecting more with loved ones. Yet with all this time opening up, somehow those things still aren’t happening, and that seems to be causing lots of distress.

Lots of people are having more trouble than usual switching between tasks and even getting started with doing things that they really want to do. Some of these folks…

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Remembering Bob Andelman

RIP. 😥

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Bob

I lost a great friend this week. He was a friend I had never met in person and who I had only know for a couple of years. But during that time, we became friends and even entered a business relationship.

Bob Andelman was only 59. From the St. Petersburg Catalyst Obituary:

Journalist and author Bob Andelman, a longtime presence in St. Petersburg media, died Monday after a short battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 59.

A former music and culture writer for the Tampa Bay Times (when it was called the St. Petersburg Times) and the now-defunct Tampa Tribune, Andelman also covered area music for Tampa Bay Weekly, Pulse and Players. His byline appeared in Newsweek and Business Week.

He was the author or co-author of 16 books spanning a range of topics including sports, business, entertainment and even self-help.

Andelman was known internationally for his Mr. Media interviews with writers, musicians, celebrities and others…

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Random Questions – Post #2

If you’re new to our “weird/random/oversharing” corner of the Internet, or if you need a refresher, check out Random Questions – Post #1.  For the veterans, welcome home.  Make yourself comfortable!  Random Question #2: How do you address reading a series, especially one that went through “fanatical hype” before you picked it up?  Say, a… Continue reading Random Questions – Post #2

NOS4A2 Book Review*

I think this is a great post with which to start a New Year! Taking on what seemed like a challenge, only to discover a new favorite book. I’m all about finding new favorites. 🙂

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NOS4A2 is my new favorite book. No doubt about it.

I first decided to read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 after seeing season one of the tv show and absolutely loving it. I was slightly hesitant to read the novel for two reasons: (1) I had heard that the book was confusing and (2) the length of the novel seemed a bit daunting. However, I decided to give it a chance. Man, am I happy I did.

For starters, I’ve never read a book that contains better writing. The metaphors, the similes, the pure brilliance of the author’s writing is phenomenal. Then we have the characters, which are both realistic and well thought out. I couldn’t get enough of Vic or Manx. I really can’t put into words how much I love this story. It’s just fantastic – plain and simple.

If you’re looking for an outstanding horror read with memorable characters…

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“FX Presents – A Christmas Carol” – A Review

I found myself watching “FX Presents A Christmas Carol” & I could not stop texting my best friend – let’s call her “L.”  She has the patience of a saint, because I had a lot to say.  Coming from someone who always has a lot to say, I’m sure she was overwhelmed. The first thing… Continue reading “FX Presents – A Christmas Carol” – A Review

Random Questions – Post #1

Admit it – we all have them.  When we’re kids, we seem to vocalize every random question.  I don’t know at what age we stop sharing them with other people.  I’m pretty sure we stop so that no one slaps us silly.  But, we all still have these random thoughts from time to time.  I… Continue reading Random Questions – Post #1

5 things to do to be compassionate with yourself in emotional crisis. 

This is very helpful, in my opinion. Then again, it’s easy to say when one isn’t in emotional distress.

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The last post talked about why it can be useful to directly address your distress rather than avoiding it or trying to fix the thing that brings the distress up. I think there are a lot of good reasons, but the most important one for me is that it is just not very effective to try to solve problems when very distressed. It is also very exhausting to be constantly avoiding your emotions, so allowing yourself to acknowledge the distress, and find ways to manage it is really important. Here are my top 5 techniques:

1. Take a break

There are a lot of ways to manage your distress, but the most important starting point is likely to be taking a break of at least 15 minutes  – whether that is from a conflict, an interpersonal dispute, a tricky situation or some ruminating that is upsetting you. Just allowing yourself…

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Commentary #100: “What Mum Taught Me” – Boundaries

This is so on-point. I’m glad that Laura posted this now – it really applies to a situation I’m grappling with at the moment.

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Image Credit: Psych Central

This post originated from a friend’s Facebook post. I found it on Thursday, October 24, 2019. A. saw it and felt compelled to share.

It was originally shared on Facebook by Leslie Gaar, Writer on October 10, 2018.

The photos / screenshots come from Erynn Brook’s Twitter account. I encourage everyone to read it in its entirety.

I read Erynn’s story. And re-read it. And I’ve been coming back to it nearly every day since stumbling upon it on October 24th.


One thing is for sure: Boundaries are hard. Setting boundaries is even harder. But, at 31, I feel much more at peace with myself because of the boundaries I have set for myself. Many of them are unspoken, for me and myself only, but there are others that I make known, loud and clear.

Why? Unlike Erynn’s awesome mom, I was taught to stick…

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