Get ready for some time off.  Feeling like a hamster who can’t escape his exercise wheel?

Man on a hamster-wheel

Try this from advice from  of the people I read when I need a laugh.

Good Advice For The Overwhelmed | The Laughing Housewife.

Here’s a quote:

I’m feeling overwhelmed so I am going to follow the excellent advice my friend Pam always slaps me around with when I’m riding the crazy train:

What is the smallest thing I can do?

Doing a small thing is doable, manageable, possible; it allows me to do one thing, one time.  I can cope with that.

Emotional fitness tip

Small breaks matter. Long breaks are best, but learning to take smaller breaks makes a difference. A number of Emotional  Fitness Fitness Training ‘s exercises provide you with a mini break.  Moreover, all exercises begin and end with a Calming Breath which is the smallest break one can take. What are the other mini break exrcises? Remembering what matters, small acts of kindness, practicing gratitude, honoring past gifts, valuing all you do, and observing the now.

My free introduction to the Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises teaches you how to take a Calming Breath as well as what is meant by Be With Beauty.

Stay Strong

Learning to take mini-breaks takes a bit of practice, but pays big dividends. If you do not already have beauty spot scattered around your house, take a half hour in the next day or two to create some.  Remember such spots can be as small as a sea shell.

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Finally for all you do to support me and to bring kindness to our world, thank you.



One: The newest of EFTI’s  eBooks will be out in the next week or two.  The title? Know Your Feelings: Become A Feeling Detective.  The book is not about why your feel something. That is the stuff of  the psychologists and it matters. But in order first things first; you have to know what you are feeling, and that is not as easy as you thing.  Feelings are signals and can get crossed, blocked out, mis-interpreted, or mixed. Becoming a feeling detective means becoming aware of when a feeling visits, knowing how to accurately name feelings and to keep track of which feeling wants to control you so you can control it.  This will probably be one of the least popular of EFTI’s Books, but is definitely one of the most important.   Until you can accurately identify what you are feeling, you be at the mercy of all feelings.

Two: I am working on the next Emotional Fitness Training Newsletter. Sign up using the sidebar.

Three: I am learning to use Google Hangouts.  Why? I miss the contact with people and hope eventually to use them as a place I can run some Emotional Fitness Training groups, provide some training or coaching.

FREE BOOK for parents

If you are parenting a teen, take advantage of the free offer of my eBook When Good Kids Have Sex. You do not need a kindle to read it, you can use’s Amazon Kindle app to download it to your computer or cell phone.


The first and most important: Emotional Fitness Training is a self-help, knowledge sharing, coaching program. It is not therapy. Nor does it replace therapy when therapy is needed. If the exercises and support provided here do not help you gain control of negative feelings, is needed. Support groups, coaching, and therapy are other paths to emotional fitness.

Anyone with suicidal thoughts, thoughts of harming other people, or who engage in dangerous out-of-control behaviors needs professional help. Anyone with serious suicidal or homicidal plans need an immediate psychiatric evaluation. Call a suicide hot line if you are unsure of where or how to get help. Suicidal hotlines USA. Life can be better.

The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments. Life is too short to let problems you can avoid irritate you.

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