Tammy Barnett

Category: Physical Health

What Fills Your Soul?

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life” – Jean Shinoda Bolen

I sat across the room in a straight back chair facing my doctor.  It had been one of those mornings.  I got off to a late start, was feeling exhausted from a night of restless sleep and my sweet Golden Retriever had died just a few days earlier. Sadness loomed over me.

When I arrived at my doctor’s office late, I was ushered in by the nurse who asked me to step on the scale. Perfect….I  was up several pounds from the previous year. 

Keep Moving Forward

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead !           Philippians 3:13

I grew up in the Midwest but for the last 21 years my home has been on the gulf coast of Florida.  As I recall my life growing up, the Labor Day holiday was marked by public swimming pools closing, going back to school, putting away any clothing that was white and saying goodbye to summer!

My experience in Florida has been a little different. Swimming pools remain open all year long, school resumes in August before Labor Day, wearing white is totally acceptable anytime of the year, and our weather allows us to remain in summer always!

Just Breathe!

“Conscious breathing heightens awareness and deepens relaxation.” – Dan Brule

The other day I walked into a small local store to purchase my monthly vitamins and supplements.  Once the door closed behind me, I unconsciously let out a deep sigh.  A friendly employee appeared close by and asked, “what was that all about”?  Not understanding her question, I replied, “what do you mean”?  “That really deep sigh,” she said.  “Was a tiger chasing you outside or are you that stressed”?  Wow…. That was a wake up call!

When was the last time you were consciously aware of your sighs?  When was the last time you were consciously aware of your breathing? When was the last time you were consciously aware of just this very moment?

You Can Do This

7 Simple Tips for Today

May is Mental Health awareness month. Would you agree these last two months of the pandemic have challenged our overall mental health?  How is it with you? Do you believe it is possible to live a life that is thriving even in the circumstances we are living?

Consider these 7 simple steps each day…. beginning today😊

Be Kind to yourself. Acknowledge and grieve your losses and disappointments, your cancelled events, the days that are difficult or whatever you are feeling today.  Encourage and speak to yourself like you would a friend. No matter…. Talk to yourself out loud like you would a friend! Be aware of the self-conversations going on in your mind. 

What’s Next

Finding Hope Looking Forward
The Benefits of Hugs and Handshakes

Today we continue to live with the many uncertainties the pandemic has invited into all our lives. These uncertainties cultivate many questions about our future.

One question I have been asked a lot lately is, “When this is all over, will we go back to shaking hands or will I ever feel comfortable giving and receiving hugs again”? As I thought about this concern, I tried to wonder what it would be like to live in a world with no human touch.

I remember not so long ago learning about a research that was done on premature babies in NIC Units.  The study addressed the importance of human touch during the first several days after premature babies were born.