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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

By Lori Nawyn




Life's often frenetic pace can leave us feeling emotionally depleted, our hope and joy overcome by discouragement and despair. Try these ten tips to regain your emotional equilibrium


JewishWorldReview.com | Even little bumps in the road of life can become daunting obstacles if we allow them. Combined with our high expectations of ourselves, trials and challenges of all sizes can leave us feeling emotionally depleted and overcome by discouragement and despair. Or, as it might be said, at our wit's end.

Where is your wit's end? Is it at your in-laws, who won't stop criticizing you? At your place of work where expectations and deadlines loom? In the frenetic pace of life? Or in your own home where contention and chaos seem to reign? Wherever, it can be challenging, painful, and at worst, emotionally incapacitating.

The opposite of your wit's end is keeping your wits about you. Your capacity to stay alert and composed in life's stormy seas is a skill worth pursuing. The world may not change, but you can. If hope and joy seem out of reach, try these 10 tips to regain your emotional equilibrium.


  • Slow down, but don't be late. Awareness of deadlines is good, but rushing at them with lack of regard for your health and well-being causes stress. Being late is a stressor, as well. Give yourself ample time for tasks at hand. Avoiding busyness is also vital. The word "busy" is defined by active and attentive engagement in work or a pastime, yet "busyness" is often characterized by meaningless activity, such as surfing the web with no clear purpose in mind. Since busyness saps our time and energy, we're often left feeling exhausted, stressed, unhappy and wondering what more we can to do feel better. Instead, consciously elect to undertake the truly necessary with calm and purposeful intent.


  • Catch up on rest. You'll function better when your mind and body are well rested. If you don't have time for added slumber, take precious minutes to retreat to a tranquil place where you can close your eyes and still the pace of your heart and mind. A place where you can feel in control, if only for the moment, and your thoughts can flow unfettered by confusion. Honor your need for solitude. Don't feel guilty for treating yourself to the gift of time alone. Putting yourself first isn't selfish. It ensures you will have sufficient energy to devote to loved ones.


  • Don't deliberately start disputes. When you look for contention, you'll find it. When you seek harmony, you'll find that, as well. Strive to cultivate attributes like patience, forgiveness, and gratitude. Look for the best in others — and in yourself. Recognize your unique ability to express love and touch lives for the better.


  • Keep a journal. Lengthy personal epistles aren't necessary. List your favorite joys — one-sentence slices of life that, like treasured photos, capture moments of splendor and bliss. It's as easy as asking yourself what brings you happiness, such as the smell of freshly baked bread, peach-golden rays of sunlight at dawn, or when your child smiles at you. Frequently look for and record such things and moments. Read and savor them when you're blue.


  • Don't do things you know you'll regret later. Enough said.


  • Edit the information that comes into your life. Whether pessimistic input comes from outside sources or from within your own tendency to look for clouds, make it a habit to sift out and discard the negative. Always living with a glass half empty mentality causes despair, which in turn can cause us to question ourselves and what we believe in. When it comes to others who seek to drag us down with their negativity, it's helpful to remember that what they say about us actually says more about them. In other words, negative emotions come from inherently negative sources just as positive things flow from a source of truth and light. We only have to watch or read the news to see that the world seeks out complaining and fault-finding. Recognize that people who work hard to keep others down are fighting within themselves a bitter lonely battle.


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  • Be patient with yourself. Stress fluctuates from person to person. One person's stress may be another person's bliss. Stress can also be a byproduct of guilt for what we perceive are our shortcomings. No matter the cause, the physical and emotional symptoms of stress range from mild to severe. Try to shove feelings of stress aside and eventually they resurface in the form of tension, illness, difficulty concentrating, relationship woes, and decreased ability to cope. Forgive yourself for what you perceive are your deficiencies. Allow yourself time to learn, heal, grow, to know, weep and smile. Soak in life's tender, precious moments and revel in them. Identify what brings you happiness and contentment and make seeking such things a part of each day. Give yourself permission to enjoy life. Don't underestimate the value of fun and laughter. Here are some more ideas on how to give peace a chance.


  • Seek encouragement. When your heart and mind are weary, be willing to seek support from trusted family members, friends, and G0D. Nothing will bring more abundance and immeasurable joy, more direction and sense or worth, more depth and meaning to your relationship with yourself and others.


  • Expect miracles. When they come, gather their evidences like beautiful, delicate blossoms. Often circumstances beyond our control prevent what we might have dreamed would be the perfect life, yet we can experience peace, plenty, and happiness by expressing appreciation and love for the life that is ours. Giving thanks both during and after our trials enhances our ability to perceive the constant flow of blessings all around us. A grateful heart continues to seek hope. It immerses itself in calm, holding tenaciously to joys past and future, even in the face of pain- and sorrow-filled circumstances of the present. Though situations we encounter in life can threaten to overwhelm us, none are impossible to bear if the state of our heart is at peace.

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Lori Nawyn is the author of the recently released inspirational book Simple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories, and Inspiration to Live Life More Fully









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