Letter from the Publisher September 2020
Sep 03, 2020 02:20PM
By Margaret Mary Jones
Here we are completing our sixth month of this pandemic. Feelings of nostalgia have occupied many summer thoughts when I often reminisced about the 1980-90s—the times before internet. Those were good ‘ole days when face-to-face participation happened daily. My mood today is that things in Central Florida are improving—slowly, but surely. I have adjusted to accepting that a slower pace of life is necessary. For instance, my multi-tasking routines have diminished. I eat more slowly and mindfully without electronic interference, and I keep a daily checklist that does not need to be completed in a rush.Sadly, depression is on the rise for all ages—but it does not need to be. I like the tips provided by Dr. Cannizzaro in his article “Don’t Let Depression Derail Your Year” (pp 12-13). Keeping a daily schedule, no matter how simple, is crucial. Even if the tasks are no-brainers such as laundry and grocery shopping, write them on your “To-Do” list. As you complete each one, checking them off provides a sense of accomplishment. Allow yourself wiggle-room to enjoy a spontaneous, unplanned event. Finding fun, new ways for your extra time is rewarding.
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