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April 2, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: In times of stress, seek out ‘me’ time

Everywhere I turn these days, I can’t seem to escape the tirade of news on the current economic climate, our state budget woes ... and the list goes on.



Certainly these issues impact all of us. We should educate ourselves and vocalize our opinions to friends and family, co-workers, communities and legislators.



But the constant doom-andgloom atmosphere can wear on you, and no one seems to have the answers. So what do we do about it?



Well, I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but I do know there needs to be a balance in our lives. So, my recommendation is to take time for yourself to relax and have fun.



Everyone needs an avenue to breathe in and exhale, to release the trials and tribulations we go through and return to a sense of normalcy, or at least a moment of peace.



I had the privilege of attending the Springbrook Gala 2009 titled, “What Do You Dream?” on Saturday and found myself smiling as I watched the honoree, Connor Gifford, cut a rug on the dance floor.



He is an extraordinary individual, and his energy was contagious. The mood of the evening was festive and joyful, and not only did the event benefit the Kids Unlimited Preschool, it also offered the guests an outlet to have fun.



Your pleasure may be to watch a sitcom or reality show, listen to your favorite CD, have a picnic at the park or call a friend to chat.



Maybe you’ll snuggle up with a book and participate in the upcoming Big Read, or take a long walk. A pedicure, sinful sundae or a long, hot bubble bath can do the trick.



The common theme is this: Take the time to unwind and do something because you want to do it, not because you have to. Life’s stresses will undoubtedly continue, but how we cope is essential to our well-being and sanity.

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