Enjoying challenges, staying grounded

For Tim Hayes, the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality on a Friday the 13th. The school he works in closed and within a matter of days, everything was happening online, including counseling students, which is what Tim does. From time to time, he's also had to do a bit of self-counseling. Either way, he always offers a blend of compassion and optimism.

By |2020-07-06T08:13:22-04:00July 6th, 2020|Pandemic|0 Comments

Embracing the positive

"We teach best what we most need to learn." A quote that has helped guide Patrica Raskin throughout her life. She wears many hats, but in her job as a radio show host, she learns a lot from the people she interviews. What interests her most is how to maintain a positive attitude.

By |2020-06-26T10:46:06-04:00June 25th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Motivation to move!

Been a little lax when it comes to getting regular exercise? You're not alone. Some people have figured out a routine that works for them, but others are struggling. If that's you, here's some motivation and a few how-to videos.

By |2020-06-11T14:25:25-04:00June 11th, 2020|Fitness, Pandemic|0 Comments

Pejj Nunes and her Shibui Found Image Art

Follow the lines, the shapes, the colors in this image. When I do, I am mesmerized and calmed. The image was created by Maine artist Pejj Nunes, who wants to teach her method as a form of art therapy. It's called Shibui Found Image Art and because of COVID-19, she now has to develop a different way of teaching than she had planned.

By |2020-06-05T10:53:40-04:00June 5th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Opening up about re-opening

This is a story about finding humor in a complicated, confusing, anxiety-provoking situation. Determined to go by the book when she re-opened her acupuncture practice, Meret Bainbridge was blindsided by something unexpected that happened. She invites us all to laugh with her.

By |2020-05-29T17:05:10-04:00May 29th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

What grief is teaching all of us

For some people, the grief that COVID-19 has wrought is painfully apparent. Serious illness, death, unemployment, isolation, severe anxiety, depression. But even people who seem to be doing ok are feeling grief. Dr. Katie Eastman, a psychotherapist, says right now everyone, including her, is grieving the loss of something or someone.

By |2020-05-21T21:53:45-04:00May 21st, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments

Being a human is hard

Do you ever have feelings that you don't know how or what to name? For instance, you miss the way life used to be before COVID-19. You worry about what the future holds. But what are you feeling? Sadness? Anxiety? Fear? Yes, to all but you may also be experiencing grief, something Beth Dolloff understands all too well.

By |2020-05-18T10:31:39-04:00May 18th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|1 Comment

Here We Are

"Here we are, in this beautiful slowing down that allows us to open and know a different way. Priorities will sift and shift, as we move through this new way of being. A hopefully more loving time, a learning time and a forgiving time will become us." Some lessons from Arlene Wing

By |2020-05-11T13:19:23-04:00May 11th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Now. Here. This.

Dancing sets her free. Fills her heart and soul with joy. But for the time being, Susan Fekety has set her dancing shoes aside. And instead of feeling her spirit soar, it began to plummet. Three short words have helped lift her up and sustain her during this challenging time: Now. Here. This.

By |2020-05-08T10:08:10-04:00May 8th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

A time for reflection

Imagine getting an email out of the blue from someone you met 35 years ago. An email that said thank you. During these uncertain times, Rhonda Montanez has been feeling more reflective and decided to reach out to someone from her past. I am that grateful someone.

By |2020-05-12T11:11:25-04:00May 4th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Waiting

In her account of how she is managing life in self-isolation, Jane Dougall writes that she has spent most of her life waiting for something. Now is no different, but what makes this current situation so challenging is the "unknown unknowing". What Jane does know is that "we are not going back to what was."

By |2020-05-01T13:37:15-04:00May 1st, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Feeling thankful

Every day we hear the numbers. On this day, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, COVID-19 has been confirmed in 1056 people here in Maine. According to the Maine CDC, 615 people have recovered, 52 have died. But the numbers don't include everyone. Ericka Dodge Katz, for instance. This is her story.

By |2020-04-29T16:08:58-04:00April 29th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments