January 2021 Newsletter
The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes” 
― Charmaine J Forde

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Monday, January 4
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Brent Gleeson

Brent Gleeson was a member of SEAL Team 5, some of the first SEALs deployed to Iraq in early 2003. He is the author of Embrace The Suck, a book that empowers you to expand your comfort zones in order to live a more fulfilling purpose-driven life. For more on Brent Gleeson.

Monday, January 11
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Wendy Alderstein
Wendy Alderstein is the owner and Executive Director at FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston and the Boston Back Bay. She will be talking about positive and healthy aging along with some current challenges such as breaking through senior isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, changing the perspective of aging, home safety for seniors, and dementia care. For more on Wendy Alderstien.
Monday, January 18
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Amy Friedman
Amy Friedman is the author of Dream Catchers. The book discusses how kids, like their incarcerated loved ones, suffer due to institutionalized prejudice and stigmatization. It also discusses how kids with a parent in prison are just like other kids, and The healing power of self-expression through writing and artwork. For more on Amy Friedman
Monday, January 25
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Paul Marshall
Paula Marshall is an author and has been the CEO of the Bama Companies since 1984.She will give tips on how to make work fulfilling and productive, as well as discuss her book, Finding the Soul of Big Business. For more on Paula Marshall.

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Protecting Our Health and Wellness in the New Year

COVID in 2020 has brought most of us some level of anxiety and stress, and that is because anxiety is a by-product of uncertainty. In addition to the pandemic, four other crises and uncertainties, namely the economy, politics, race and climate change, are happening simultaneously. 
 I have been conducting corporate webinars around the country almost daily in the areas of coping in uncertain times, stress management, resilience, overcoming burnout, and workplace performance. In all these industry sectors I have found the common denominator is the human need to feel safe, connected, and hopeful. Having said that, here are five ways to protect and enhance our health and wellness in the New Year 2021.
#1 Routines and boundaries.
 Our brains are wired to be “planners” and the gap is between what we can and can’t control. Being organized, having schedules and routines, cleaning out clutter will help you to feel in control and can bring in a sense of calm and safety.
#2 Communicate:
The secret sauce here is to listen from the other person's point of view, setting aside your own biases/filters. When you do that you hear it very differently even if you do not agree. This empathic listening allows you to connect with the other person and to engage in possibility thinking. Recording the stories of your elders using your smart phone and having them transcribed, create a family legacy. Communication is the key to keeping us connected during Covid.
#3 Self-care
Exercise, nutrition and sleep, are essential to keeping our brains and bodies alert and vital. In addition I would add prayer, meditation, breathwork, laughter and visualization. Movement from exercise releases serotonin in the brain and those positive endorphins and happy chemicals bring us a natural high. Good nutrition also contributes to our health. Eating fresh foods, eliminating processed foods and reducing caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can make a make a big difference in how you feel. Sleep is another big factor in health, which is often underrated, Check out your sleep environment for mattress comfort, temperature, light, noise and breathing comfort. Speaking of breathing, deep breaths helps the parasympathetic nervous system and calms us down in a crisis. 
 #4 -Limit the News – Get the facts and leave the rest. There are endless spins on what we hear in the news and the repetition alone can cause anxiety.
#5 – Know that we are in a “new normal” and that involves loss of what we had before. Although the pandemic has heightened, we now have a vaccine and we are at the “beginning of the end.” This too shall pass. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that brings us hope.