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How many times have you heard it said, “The new normal?” It’s been said so frequently in every platform I use that I can hardly wait for it to go away. So I'm starting a new phrase and I’m inviting you to join me... “The new better.”
is on both the positive and negative lists. It just depends on how I look at it. I’d rather meet in person with peo- ple any day, but that is not possible right now. On the other hand, we can still meet virtually, and it’s a huge time saver.
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Taking a tip from Napoleon Hill, "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
For many COVID has really knocked their feet out from under them. Fear, worry, stress, depression, and loss have become regular com- panions. The lack of socialization has compounded all of these. And research supports this.
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Rather than the new normal, I’m seeking the seed of an equal or greater benefit... The new better.
Reflecting on the positives and negatives of 2020 may yield a longer negative list than positive but if you put your mind to it, you will find far more positives than you may have thought of at first. So here we go...
Missing family.
Missing community connection. Missing hugs.
Zoom meetings.
Eating groceries.
Cancelled cherished events. COVID
An opportunity to use my gifts for others.
The evidence that chronic loneli- ness is bad for our physical and men- tal health is undeniable. Many of you reading this have experienced loneli- ness over the past ten months. With it came many additional risks for other chronic conditions including diabetes, mental illness, and dementia. Immune system challenges created additional risk for disease transmission making isolation all the more needed. Even though isolation became important to reduce the risk of disease transmis- sion, it can also accelerate the risk for decreased functioning of the immune system, making it even more risky to be around others. It is quite a cycle.
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One new study evaluated the connection between loneliness and hunger. The study completed in the U.K. found that when people crave company, the same part of their brain lights up as when they crave food. The research supports the intuitive notion that socializing is a basic human need, akin to eating. We are people who need people.
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of my day.
Yoga and walks with Keith. Better physical health.
Eating better.
Experimenting with recipes. Visits with grand babies. FaceTime with loved ones. Fewer miles on the car.
Less money spent on gas. Discovering online shopping. Decluttering.
Donating to area programs. Knitting and sewing for pleasure. Sending out cards and letters. Decorating for the holidays.
And the list goes on.
It’s interesting to me that zoom
The suffering and loss is real and tragic. Please reach out for support. The stability provided by others can help all of us to choose the positive side of the coin – even in a bad cir- cumstance – or to choose the seed of an equal or greater benefit, and to find... The new better.
January 2021From the PUBLISHER
Sherii Sherban, Special to Senior Times
Working from home with my dogs. Learning. Learning. Learning. Zoom meetings that cut down
on travel.
Exercise becoming a routine part
for Seniors
By: Alisa Parker, Managing Attorney
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will con- duct interviews for legal advice and possible representation, without charge, OVER THE TELEPHONE to interested seniors. If you wish to speak with an attorney, please call (269) 224-5040, one of the following days and times:
• Wed, Jan 6, 9am-12:30pm • Fri, Jan 8 9am-12:30pm
• Wed, Jan 27, 11am-12pm
Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office is a non-profit organization, which provides high quality legal assistance, representation, and education to low income people in Calhoun and Branch counties and seniors in St. Joseph, Branch, Calhoun and Barry counties.
Every moment we have a choice. We can choose to look toward the positive changes that will come in 2021. According to Napoleon Hill, "Life reflects your own thoughts back to you." So in the new year, I will continue to reflect positive thoughts and to know that it will get better... The new better.

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