Jan 12, 2021 06:04PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.
Posted on: Nov 16, 2016 01:20PM - edited Sep 12, 2017 10:09PM by SerenitySTAT
I finished active treatment less than a month ago, and wow, you just don't bounce right back up. Before all this started I have had sciatica for a couple of years, and it worsened during treatment. In trying to recover from both, I've been feeling frustrated. Now, I'm tired of the pain, fatigue, and frustration. Oh, and all these pills! I've been told I'm not happy unless I'm complaining about something (yes, my darling husband, though he hasn't said it since diagnosis).
I recently read this article below and pulled out some sections. It reminded me of when I was younger and said "It's the little things...". I'm going to try it and will post my thin slices of joy as I experience them. Please join me so I can experience your thin slices of joy.
Successfully reshaping your mindset, he argues, has less to do with hours of therapy and more to do with mental exercises, including one that helps you recognize "thin slices of joy."
Although they last two or three seconds, the moments add up, and the more you notice joy, the more you will experience joy, Tan argues. "Thin slices of joy occur in life everywhere… and once you start noticing it, something happens, you find it's always there. Joy becomes something you can count on." That's because you're familiarizing the mind with joy, he explains.
Tan's "thin slice" exercise contains a trigger, a routine, and a reward—the three parts necessary to build a habit. The trigger, he says, is the pleasant moment, the routine is the noticing of it, and the reward is the feeling of joy itself.
A small study by psychologists from Loyola University published last month in the journal Aging, for instance, showed that among adults over age 55, those who reported a better ability to savor life were more likely to report higher life satisfaction, regardless of ill health. For those less able to relish small events, poor health made all of life seem drearier.
Sep 12, 2017 Edited to add update on sciatica: Using postural alignment exercises and nerve flossing, my sciatic pain is gone. I have most of my mobility back, and I am no longer taking any pain medications! I have significantly less mental fatigue after I dropped my Lyrica dosage. Big joy! I need to continue the nerve flossing or else I feel the tightness returning, but that takes less than a minute of my time. It took months of slow progress with some setbacks, but I finally succeeded!
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Jan 12, 2021 06:04PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Jan 12, 2021 07:12PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
I love Cher and Andy Garcia!
Jan 12, 2021 11:41PM - edited Jan 12, 2021 11:41PM by SerenitySTAT
Hope everybody has somebody to lean on.
Jan 12, 2021 11:54PM MinusTwo wrote:
the best part about your clips... I don't get sucked into the other "mentions" on the side of a you tube I've found and spend the next 3 hours going down several rabbit holes. Not to mention that I don't know (or remember) some of the groups and I like new things. Thanks
Jan 13, 2021 01:16AM SerenitySTAT wrote:
I know what you mean. I turned off autoplay so I go exactly where I want.
Sometimes I get a song in my head and come across different renditions. Then I listen to see if I like them.
k.d. lang may have the best version of Hallelujah.
Jan 13, 2021 02:49PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Jan 13, 2021 03:07PM BevJen wrote:
Love Dionne Warwick. And love Dionne Warwick singing a Burt Bacharach song! Thanks for posting.
Jan 13, 2021 08:23PM MinusTwo wrote:
And I made a trips to San Jose in the 60s when this was released!!! And got talked into trying a "Grasshopper" in a local bar. For sure NO Silicon Valley.
Jan 13, 2021 11:01PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
BevJen - She is a force of good!
Minus - I love music that brings back great memories. 👍
Just k.d. lang and Tony Bennett. ❤️
Jan 13, 2021 11:34PM MinusTwo wrote:
Love Blue Velvet. Surprised to see that Tony doesn't know the words - but still a velvet voice
Jan 14, 2021 01:42PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Don't think anyone would tell him he got the words wrong. Or he likes his way better. 😁
Hamilton + Sara Bareilles = 🥰🎶❤️
Jan 14, 2021 02:28PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
I just read my posts when I first started this thread. I was more clever then. 😒
Jan 14, 2021 03:12PM YesIamaDragon wrote:
Not sure I agree with more clever then, however it is certain that your posts are needed now more than ever!
Jan 14, 2021 04:08PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
YeslamaDragon - Thank you! ❤️
My older daughter asked for help with her slow-running laptop. I showed her how to find which tasks were using up the most resources. She had multiple instances of multiple services. Showed her where and how to change the start up properties. She already knows how to uninstall programs. We bought this laptop for graduate school. It doesn't have the resources that she needs now, so I hope she can get a work laptop instead. She should be able to free up resources now.
She offered cookies in payment for IT help, but I countered with banana bread. We have some cream cheese to be used up. 😋
Jan 15, 2021 11:59AM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Weather forecast says "Cloudy", but I see sunshine! 🎶
Jan 15, 2021 07:43PM santabarbarian wrote:
I think the bread is what's needed now more than ever. You should repost the recipe for your boules!
Jan 15, 2021 09:44PM MinusTwo wrote:
Oh I'd love to see that recipe.
As for the 'sunshine' - I'm having a personal challenge to test how many of the words I know on the songs you're posting. Fun!!!
Jan 15, 2021 10:09PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Here it is again! Don't know how many times we've made it, but it is very easy. We divide the dough into 3, but it can be made into the size you need. Adjust baking time to size. Yum!
Here's the easy bread info:
I've made this recipe twice after my husband mistakenly bought whole wheat flour. I'll probably make it again this week. It requires no kneading, and it yields 3 boules (baked as we need). The dough keeps in the fridge for over a week. The bread has a more sourdough taste the longer it's been fermented. It's tasty and simple.
Tips for dough:
Jan 16, 2021 12:00PM MinusTwo wrote:
Jan 16, 2021 10:13PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Minus - And so easy!
Lots of wet snow today. We lost power for almost 5 hours. My husband was using the Instant Pot and electric oven to make dinner. He finished everything on the gas stove. Our chandelier is a mix of candles and electric bulbs, so dinner was by candlelight.
Power came back a half hour ago. Whew! We may have needed to camp out by the fireplace.
Hope everyone is safe and warm.
Jan 16, 2021 11:42PM MinusTwo wrote:
Serenity - glad you got your power back. We don't lose power in the winter in Houston, but in the summer with the hurricane storms, lots of experience.
Jan 19, 2021 12:22PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Minus - Power outages are bad in any extreme weather. We're glad we still had the gas stove to finish dinner. We boxed up the leftovers and put them in the bay window instead of opening the fridge. Without the sun that area can get pretty chilly. It wasn't too bad for us.
I think the lockdown is getting to me. I hardly ever remember my dreams. When I do, they're usually about something as mundane as putting on socks. Last night I dreamt I was on an airplane without a mask. 😧
Just saw my daughter dancing in the kitchen while microwaving some lunch. 🥰
Jan 19, 2021 12:25PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Some soothing music
Jan 19, 2021 12:29PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
We usually have cinnamon rolls at Christmas. These have been the best. They take more time to shape, but the bake is more even. Highly recommend. 👍
Jan 19, 2021 03:10PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Some dancing music - Modern English in quarantine. 👍
Jan 19, 2021 03:20PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Thoughtful music? Not everyone loves Elvis Costello. I had a roommate who couldn't stand him. I wasn't fond of her musical taste either. Only band we both liked was R.E.M.
Jan 19, 2021 08:19PM MinusTwo wrote:
I love the variety. Glad I found this thread. Thanks.
Jan 19, 2021 11:03PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Minus - Glad you're here!
Cynthia Erivo is wondrous! I first saw her in a video of The Color Purple Broadway cast singing Purple Rain in tribute to Prince's passing. Since then she's been in films and television. She can sing anything and act.
Jan 19, 2021 11:17PM SerenitySTAT wrote:
Had to listen again. 🥰
Jan 20, 2021 10:16AM SerenitySTAT wrote:
New day music 🎶