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  • Add to your tool-box: Two techniques to deal with stress-anxiety…
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    Add to your tool-box: Two techniques to deal with stress-anxiety…By Ed Kelly Jr (LPN/PSS) I would like to share this month two techniques that I use to deal with my anxiety problem. I have been dealing with anxiety as far back as I can remember. My mother also had problems with anxiety. When I was a teenager- she called me a “worry wart” and caught me “picking my fingers” (sometimes till they bled) and tried a home remedy on me- she placed a rubber band around my wrist and told me “every time you catch yourself picking your fingers, snap the rubber band. Well, sure enough, I stopped picking my fingers; but started a new habit- snapping the rubber band. Then later in my twenties, I began using marijuana and alcohol which helped me deal with life-yes, a bad coping mechanism. When I turned 40, I began to realize I did…
  • One Path to Recovery: Mastering the Thought Life
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    One Path to Recovery: Mastering the Thought LifeBy Ed Kelly Jr (LPN/PSS) Having wrestled with the twin demons of depression and anxiety for over twenty years I have learned there are many paths and many tools to utilize in the goal of recovery-which I define as living my life to the fullest. While I have used medications as a temporary stop gap in times of crisis, I have discovered in my own life that one of the tools that works especially well is watching and controlling my thought life. My thought life, to be blunt- has been screwed up ever since I was a child. I was raised in an alcoholic –abusive family where I was trained in the fine art of self-abasement. That is not meant to place guilt on my family- it is just an observation of fact that I need to deal with. What I mean by self-…
  • I Cannot Live Without Books
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    I Cannot Live Without Books By John Gillaspey Books have been my steadfast companions. They are present when there is curiosity; when questioning comes; when challenges spike; when needing stimulation or solace; and in sickness and in health. Books to me are dependable. Often they provide and can give a simple saying or a big idea or a needed laugh. I’m reminded of Thomas Jefferson’s quote, “I cannot live without my books.” So, I am he.
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