Family Dinners for the Rest of Us: Making Mealtimes Meaningful

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

Making Change Sweeter: How to Find the Sweet Spot

In their Transtheoretical Model, James Prochaska and Carlo DiClimente identify five stages in the process of change. Basically, you have pre-change, a beginning, middle and an end or continuance. When it comes to change, different people have more or less…

A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic

A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic

Weeks into sheltering in place, I at times find myself growing weary of continually adjusting to new ways of doing things, changes in work and life flows, and maintaining social distance. I long to be with people more freely, to…

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

The Importance of Nurturing a Mindful Attitude

Recently, I have been reflecting a lot about the mindful attitude. It seems to me that attitudes are composed of three elements: perspective, emotion/mood, and intention. Perspective Perspectives have a kind of solidity that thoughts and emotions alone do not…

Leadership Skills: Return to Workplace Productivity During COVID-19

Leadership Skills: Return to Workplace Productivity During COVID-19
By Bob VandePol, MSW As employees either remain at work or return to work during COVID-19, employers and management face daunting leadership challenges. In ways never before imagined, employees are trusting their leaders’ judgment with that which is most precious...

Manage Flood-Related Distress by Building Resilience

Manage Flood-Related Distress by Building Resilience

Reports of record-high water levels flooding communities or water breaking through sandbag barriers or dikes are enough to create stress and anxiety for anyone living or working nearby. The anticipation of destruction created by flooding can summon up feelings of…

Humble Resilience: Bouncing Back. Bouncing Forward.

Humble Resilience: Bouncing Back. Bouncing Forward.

By Bob VandePol, MSW “No way. That is NOT how I walk!” Those words formed on my lips long ago in an 8:00 a.m. Anatomy & Kinesiology college class. The professor had just defined walking as “the repetition of leaning…

Tips for Coping with OCD During COVID-19

Tips for Coping with OCD During COVID-19

If you or someone you love struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), world events occurring as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus are likely creating a perfect storm feeding the symptoms of OCD and making typical treatments more difficult. Understanding Obsessive…

Three Strategies for Accepting the “Unacceptable” (COVID-19)

Three Strategies for Accepting the “Unacceptable” (COVID-19)

Lately, I feel dulled, shelved, congealed, relegated to my own suspended animation in my own personal deprivation tank. Like I’ve been notified that life has been temporarily canceled. I’m not complaining; others have it far worse than I do. But…

Memory Loss and Aging: Why it Might Not Be Dementia

Memory Loss and Aging: Why it Might Not Be Dementia

When older adults begin to notice their memory is not as sharp as it used to be, they sometimes fear they are developing dementia. This is especially true for people with a family history, who may think to themselves, “Grandma…