In the Middle of the Sandwich Generation

These are stressful times for the Sandwich Generation. You want to care for your loved ones. But with demands from every direction, the pressures of nurturing multiple generations can be overwhelming. With empathy and clarity, you see that each member is a part of the family’s continual change and renewal. As you manage the challenges of aging parents and growing children, be compassionate with yourself. Here are practical tips on how to do just that: Embrace change. Keep a journal about your core values and what you want for yourself. Notice emotional shifts as … Continue reading

5 Ways to Nurture Your Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, commit to creating a heartfelt connection. Remember the chemistry when you were first in love? Depending on how we treat each other, these deep feelings can last a lifetime. Neural functions change when we’re more compassionate. And holding hands is enough to reduce stress. The possibilities for opening up our hearts are endless: Express gratitude. Compliments can ignite loving feelings if you’ve been taking each other for granted. When you notice a caring gesture or a job well done, mention it. You may be pleasantly surprised at … Continue reading

Help Your Family Feel Safe

These are turbulent times, and the past few weeks have been unrelenting in their intensity. From political unrest and natural disasters to the senseless massacre in Las Vegas, we’ve seen how unpredictable life can be. At any time and any place – a local elementary school, political event, concert, sports competition, house of worship – communities have been at risk. Despite rekindled feelings of  vulnerability, we must defend against fear and anxiety. Grief can make way for greater awareness and healing. And this process begins with family. As our children become immersed … Continue reading

Want Less Stress? Spend Time with Friends

Do you ever feel there aren’t enough hours in the day? According to a recent research study, participants who outsourced laundry, cleaning, yard work and other tedious chores reported greater life satisfaction. These results suggest that spending money on time saving services increases happiness by minimizing tension about limited free time. Interested? There’s no better way to relieve pressure than by spending quality time with friends. And as a plus, emotional support from friends helps you navigate work/family transitions and live a more satisfying life. Numerous studies indicate that social ties reduce … Continue reading