Tammy Barnett

Category: Physical Health

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. 

Hope for Today

Want to replace worry and fear with hope and happiness?

Over the last few weeks our world has experienced many changes and we all have been affected differently by the uncertainties of the Covid-19 virus.

Is it possible for good to come out of this experience?

During times of challenge and difficulty the idea of being grateful may not be the first thought that comes to mind.  In fact, becoming consumed by the daily negativity that reminds us of what we do not have control over can be easy to get caught up in. But……. focusing on and giving thanks for what we do have will help us to find hope ….

How Much Is Enough?

Giving to others, creating life balance, and setting healthy boundaries
(4 minute read)

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a kind and beautiful friend. It had been several months since we spoke and when I asked how things were going, my friend replied with a big sigh and said, “I am exhausted!” In addition to working full time and taking care of her home, she is raising two young children and a teen. This is enough to exhaust anyone.  Then, 6 months ago, her mom moved in and the thought of having some extra help from her mom immediately landed on my friend’s wish list. Unfortunately, the opposite has come true. My friend is now taking caring of her mom who has several health issues that demand more time than is available.

Go Ahead and Celebrate!

Recently, I met with a client who has been trying to make a couple of positive changes in her life. The week before we met, she experienced a setback. She began our conversation by calling herself stupid and weak. She then proceeded to explain how disgusted she was with herself to the point of saying she might as well give up and quit trying to lose the extra weight and cut back on her drinking. “After all, I’ve tried time and time again, and I always fail.”

I asked my client to think about how she would respond if this were her best friend talking to her about this disappointment? Without hesitation, my client said that she would try to encourage her friend to keep trying and help her recognize this is just a setback.

3 Steps to Lasting Change

Want to make positive changes in your life this year? Would you like these changes to be lasting? Do you believe it’s possible?

Consider for a moment, a habit. A behavior or pattern that you repeat over and over and eventually becomes something you do without much thought; such as……. brushing your teeth, taking a shower, driving to work, feeding the dog, collecting the mail. Would you agree  these are behaviors you do requiring little or no thought?

What if you turned the changes you want to make this year into a habit? A behavior your future self will do with little or no struggle! What if I told you it’s simpler than you think?

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