Comforting Quotes for Grieving and Loss

Words of comfort can uplift us, encourage us, and help us feel hope and peace when we are facing the loss of a loved one. Here is over 20 of my favorite comforting quotes for grieving and loss.
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Words of comfort can uplift us, encourage us, and help us feel hope and peace when we are facing the loss of a loved one. Here is over 20 of my favorite comforting quotes for grieving and loss that help me during these difficult times of sorrow and trial.

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo

“Breathe. Listen for my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walking with you.” – Nicholas Evans

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25 More Gratitude Journal Prompts

25 More Gratitude Journal Prompts and Ideas

Gratitude Journals are a great way to remember the good things in life. They can uplift us and help us reflect on the things that make us happy. They are also a great way to document your life. For me, it’s a lot easier to write a few lines in a gratitude journal than to fill a page about my life in a regular journal. This list is a sequel to my first post 25 Gratitude Journal Prompts and Ideas. Following this list, there is a free PDF printable for you to create a bookmark for your journal. I like to print mine on cardstock colored paper and laminate it with Con-tact paper so it lasts longer.

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46 Songs to Help You Relax and De-Stress

46 Songs to Help You Relax and De-Stress
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There is something magical about great music. It can pull us out of a bad mood, inspire us, motivate us, help us unwind, and give us energy. These are some of my favorite songs to help me relax, de-stress, and feel uplifted. Most of the songs have really fun music videos with links to youtube. There’s a spotify playlist at the end to make it easy for you.

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11 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues and SAD

Are the winter blues getting you down? These tips will help with SAD or the winter blues, so you can get back to your happier self again.

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is over and in the US, we’ve entered the cold, dark January days in the thick of winter. I crave sunlight. I can feel the winter blues or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) creeping in. Today I pulled out the Vitamin D3. It gets tucked behind a few other things in the medicine cabinet in the summer. I’ve found that D3 helps me not feel the winter blues so intensely. I’ve put together a list of ideas that I’ve found help greatly with the dark cold days of winter. Hang in there, spring will come again soon!

1. As mentioned above, I take Vitamin D3 daily. The recommended dose varies from about 2,000-5,000 IUs per day, depending on how far north you live and how severe the SAD. I get it at Walmart, but most grocery stores and pharmacies should have it. You might want to check with your doctor to see if this is ok for you and what the most appropriate dose is for you. I like the way Vitamin D3’s benefits are explained in this article http://www.heathernicholds.com/nutrition/sad-vitamin-d.

2. Try to get outside for fresh air every day if possible. On mild temperature days, go for a short walk around the block. If it’s too cold for a walk, I try to run an errand so I’m at least getting out of the house and breathing in some fresh air when I’m getting in and out of the car.

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How to Stop “If Only” Negative Thinking

Is "If Only" negative thinking getting you stuck, making it hard to move on and enjoy the present? Here's 7 tips to help you move forward with your life. Don't let your thoughts control you.

We all do it. We think about a situation that did not turn out the way we wanted it to and start dwelling on “If Only” negative thinking. “If only I had left 15 minutes earlier, I wouldn’t be stuck in this traffic.” “If only I had not caught this virus. I should have been more careful or avoided going there.” “If only my spouse would listen to me better. Then we wouldn’t fight.”

Dwelling on “If Only’s” does not change our current circumstance. Our negative thinking only drags us down and causes us to live in the past. You can’t move forward when your mind is stuck on what happened last.

Here’s some tips on stopping that “If Only” Negative Thinking and moving forward.

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