Coping Tools

Listen Up!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m suggesting AGAIN that you invest a little bit of time into building a couple playlists to influence your mood. Besides helping folks adjust their moods, reduce stress, and lower anxiety, some people are even using music to manage their physical pain! Check out this legit …

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Accompaniment

Music is mighty and I can’t imagine a day without music! Friedrich Nietzsche is said to have said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Mistake or not, life would certainly be bleaker without the sounds and vibrations of music. Midway through the week, let’s ward off the bleak with some intentionally selected music. Maybe …

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Take Five

Whether or not it’s actually said on a movie or television set, “Take Five” is a fairly familiar phrase that means take a break. And there are surely times in our worlds when we need to take a break. Here’s a simple tool to learn so that we can take a safe, healthy break when …

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The Nose Knows

Many years ago, my sister had epileptic seizures for a while. Hers were called temporal lobe seizures and they were usually preceded by an olfactory hallucination, or the sensation of smelling a scent which was not present. The scents she would often “smell,” just before her brain caused her to blackout, would often be a …

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Odyssey

Odyssey Fifty years ago today Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released. It was a remarkable movie for it’s time and still holds up pretty well half a century later. I think I need to make a point to watching it again. You may recall some of the music from the movie too, …

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Fire & Rain

Fire & Rain James Taylor has a birthday today and I bet we all have a favorite JT song. He’s sold over 100 million albums over the years. We know that music can help us to shift a sluggish mood or an anxious mood. So in his extensive discology of 17 studio albums, 5 or …

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Miracles

Miracles Happy Birthday to William “Smokey” Robinson Jr., who turns 78 today! Born in Detroit, he was once called (by Bob Dylan of all people) ‘America’s greatest living poet.’ While gaining fame, his life was sometimes stormy, especially in regards to addiction. When one looks at addiction, there a few other Smokey titles that might …

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