Try to surround yourself with fun, positive people
We all get sad, we get grumpy, irritated and sometimes really anxious. It seems we are at a time in our society where more people may need to talk to a professional or get a prescription or sometimes they will just create a scene to vent their frustration.
But some unfortunately decide they have other options and act before anyone can save them. It is sad and scary but also so very out of our control what is happening in the world and even in our own neighborhoods. So, what can you do for yourself or others when you see these emotions are affecting the ones you love?
A wise man (we’ll call him Ed) once told me, “Make sure you are smellin’ those roses Kath, and just keep smilin.’ ” Some days it is easier said than done, right?
Even when you want to smack someone upside the head or scream into a pillow, it is amazing if you stop to crack a joke or admire God’s landscape of the day, whether it’s sun, snow or rain, all those little irritations begin to look small in the long run.
My personal fix for frustration over the years has been through music. The louder the better on tough days! I do apologize to West Road drivers who may have been stopped at a light with me. I realize now that my music therapy may have been the source of anxiety for other drivers. So lately I am practicing my yoga moves on deadline days — or a brisk walk with earbuds helps, too!
Another great coping idea is turning off the “stuff.” Some days, ignorance is bliss. Even though we all know there are ugly things out there, if you can shut off the TV news for a while, it can help.
Make sure you are surrounding yourself with fun, positive people. It is amazing when your observations and outlooks are bright, especially in a group. Surprisingly everything becomes much cheerier despite the current events.
You can also join our walking group every Tuesday. From our Trib office at 11 a.m. we do one hour and 6,000 steps downtown and through Elizabeth Park. Our “steps and stories” walk clears the cobwebs, serves to vent any issues and certainly uncovers ideas to solve personal, family, business and community problems!
Or create your own walking group at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall and get out and enjoy all the parks and walking paths our city has to offer. Mention you heard it here and they may even give you a special walking group gift.
Get out and “Smell the Roses” this summer!
Kathy Kane is business manager and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 676-0850. Comments and story ideas also can be emailed to the Trib at email@example.com