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Sometimes it feels like we are floating in a sea of vulnerability: A friend is diagnosed with cancer. A child dies. A country appears to be on the brink of war. A nest empties. A marriage dissolves. Despite our best efforts, it seems we can't always protect ourselves and the people and things that matter most to us, and that is a tough place to live. Follow our tips to help manage the stress that comes from simply being human. 10 tips for … S O O T H I N G Y O U R S O U L D U R I N G V U L N E R A B L E T I M E S L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer one Balance Your Input What you expose yourself to shapes you. What are you taking in — through each of your senses — and how is it affecting you? Are you also looking for the goodness around you — what is working in your life? How might your sense of vulnerability change if you were intentional about capturing three to five good things that happened every day in a note or sketchbook? two Seek Out Beauty Humans are hungry for beauty in a variety of forms: music, art, architecture, landscapes, gardening, love, companionship, religion, and many more. Beauty takes our breath away, brings tears to our eyes, and ignites our sense of being alive; it touches us in a way that makes us feel understood, connected, and at home in the world. Where is there beauty in your life? How can you augment the beauty around you? three Get Outdoors The healing and restorative power of nature is well documented. It can alleviate stress and anxiety, restore our ability to think and pay attention, and promote our creativity. How can you spend more of your time out- doors? What might happen if you allow yourself to get curious about what you see, hear, touch, and smell? What does a gentle breeze feel like on your skin? How many sounds can you detect? four Create Something Using our imagination minimizes negative mood and anxiety. How might you catalyze your creative juices? Designing a garden? Writing a song? Coloring in a coloring book? Remember, the transformation is in the doing, the act of creating itself, not in the outcome. five Pause Let's be honest. How often do you run from one thing to the next, without a moment to catch your breath in between? Imagine a bit of transition time between engagements. How might that change your stress level? How might it reduce the stress you evoke in others? M E D I A B A K E R Y 26 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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