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Riding the Stress

In these uncertain times, I wanted to check on all my readers and remind them that, as much as it seems that way, you’re not alone. We’re all together in this that we like it or not, and I for one think we should use this difficult time to get closer to each other instead of the opposite. I’m obviously not talking about physical closeness, but we can be close without it. If nothing else, this terrible pandamic is proving to all of us that we live in a small world and that we are all humans; that race, sexual orientation, religion, fashion sense (just kidding) do not matter AT ALL. The human race is a big family and as such we will have our spats, but when it comes down to it, we should love each other and live peacefully side by side because, let’s face it, we NEED each other.

I have been doing yoga daily and it has helped me sleep better and relax. I also have been doing the two other things I love the most; writing and reading. Here’s a list of simple things you can do to get your mind out of this crisis and keep healthy.
1. Read a book (I’m sure you’re already doing that. May I suggest a nifty romance writer called Natalina Reis? LOL.)
2.Take a hike (just make sure to stay away from others. Wave and smile a lot. People around here have been extra nice).
3. Meditate. You can use any meditation music, nature music/sounds. I personally love Tibetan Bowls because their vibrations are very soothing and healing. Click here for a wonderful YouTube video you can use to meditate.) 
4. Write. You don’t have to be a writer. Journaling has been a proven therapy used for decades. Grab an old notebook and a pen and write your thoughts, lists of words, doodles, whatever. It works.
5. Listen to Music. No need to explain. Listen to the kind of music that makes you happy. 
6. Practice Yoga. If you’ve never done it there are tons of beginner yoga classes fro FREE on YouTube. This is an excellent one to help with anxiety and stress.You don’t have to be flexible, it’s more about being still and in peace with the world.
7. Take a bath (or a long hot shower). Enough said. Read a book while you’re at it (not in the shower).
8. Cuddle a pet. If you’re lucky enough to have a pet, nothing more relaxing that cuddling with that furball. My doggie passed a few years ago and my cat would probably scratch my eyes out if I tried to cuddle it, but if you have a pet, take advantage of their unconditional love.
9. Take a virtual tour. Like art? Visit the Louvre. Like animals? Visit the zoo. Like fish and the oceans? Visit an Aquarium. Like farms? Visit one.
10. Go to a movie (lots of new movies streaming on Amazon and Vudu) without leaving the house. I’m watching Emma tonight.

In other news, all of the signings I was supposed to attend in March and April have been now cancelled. I will be running some giveaways in both my Readers’ Group and my Author’s Page in the next few weeks so check it out. Join us for some silly fun. I will also be having a takeover at Itsy Bitsy Book Bits Party Room at 6:30 PM this Saturday. Join me for a bit of fun.

I’m always available to answer your questions or even if you just want to talk. Send me an email and I will be glad to respond.

Well, stay safe and healthy and please don’t hog the toilet paper, lol. We’re running out in my house and I’m not going to lie; I’m in a bit of a panic, lol. I live with three men who do not know how to be thrifty when it comes to this. We’ll survive 🙂 

**previously posted in my newsletter, Love Whispers**

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