Love & Relationships

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 12: Parenting young children during the pandemic

by Queen D, May 28, 2020

My 4-year-old nephew is a proficient FaceTime user, although he seems to forget that I can see him, even when he’s picking his nose. He’s been giving me weekly updates about all the things he’s learned (his numbers and colors in English, French, and Italian), all the projects his done, including making Easter eggs, bread, […]

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Love & Relationships

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 11: What to do when you’re feeling frustrated, bored, sad, or anxious

by Queen D, May 13, 2020

May is Mental Health Awareness month. With most of us stuck indoors, isolation will start to take a psychological toll. This is probably less of an issue for introverts like myself, but I sometimes feel compelled to go outside, if only to break the monotony a little. Frankly, my biggest concern is that spending so […]

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Love & Relationships

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 10: Practicing Patience

by Queen D, May 6, 2020

Life is a constant test of patience. From traffic, to annoying people, to waiting, waiting, waiting for something you want. If you lack patience, if you don’t allow things to unfold, if you don’t learn to give things a chance, if you don’t compel yourself to stop, breathe, and think, you can lose out on […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 9: Regaining a Sense of Control

by Queen D, April 29, 2020

One of the things we crave more than anything else during a crisis is a sense of control. We want to be able to plan ahead. We want to feel prepared. We want to be as sure-footed as mountain goats, as we take steps forward. But how the heck do you deal with an invisible […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being, Personal Development

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 8: Coping with Isolation

by Queen D, April 15, 2020

I need a break from people. Often. When I go on a group vacation, within two days I am already fed up with everyone’s presence. I have to resist the urge to tell them to stick a cork in their jabbering yapper. I am not a mean person, honestly. I am a charming, funny, and […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 7: More tips for controlling negative, fear-based thinking

by Queen D, April 8, 2020

In a previous blog, I talked about how easy it is to get caught up in negative thinking in response to the current pandemic. After all, the number of infected people is rising exponentially, as is unemployment, and the economy is just barely chugging along. That doesn’t mean, however, that things won’t get better. If […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being, Personal Development

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 6: Tips for controlling negative, fear-based thinking

by Queen D, April 3, 2020

Allowing negative thoughts to run rampant in your mind unchallenged, is sort of like trying to raft down the Amazon River without a paddle: Soon enough, you will be submerged in negativity. As a ruminator, I can understand the difficulty of breaking a vicious cycle of thoughts, especially in the midst of the current crisis. […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 5: Tips for people working from home

by Queen D, April 1, 2020

If you’ve been fortunate to be able to work from home during this pandemic, it might require some adjustment. There’s nothing wrong with working in your pajamas, or starting your day at 8:59AM, but working from home isn’t as easy as people might think – especially with the TV only a few feet away, and […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 4: Tips for reducing stress and anxiety

by Queen D, March 27, 2020

It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: These are frightening and uncertain times, and it’s a hard not to be inundated by what’s going on. I can feel it when I step outside…that collective sense of trepidation that hangs in the air, reflected in the faces of every person I meet. People […]

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Attitude & Lifestyle, Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 3: How to keep yourself from going stir-crazy

by Queen D, March 24, 2020

Italy has gone through earthquakes, volcano eruptions, wars, and plagues, and its latest crisis is nothing short of a tragedy. But Italians are a stout and resolute people. They were blind-sided by the Coronavirus outbreak, but they learned quickly, and adapted as best they could. The videos of people singing and dancing on their balcony […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 2: Finding that damn silver lining

by Queen D, March 23, 2020

With every news channel, radio station, newspaper, and Twitter trend focusing on COVID-19, it’s so easy to get caught up in the wave of negativity, panic, and paranoia. The gravity of our circumstances is undeniable. However, that doesn’t mean you should give yourself license to ruminate, panic, or assume the worst. When times are dark, […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being, Personal Development

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 1: An opportunity for personal growth

by Queen D, March 20, 2020

Unless you’re an introvert, self-isolation and social distancing does not come naturally to you – nor is it likely to appeal to you. Your morning traipse to the coffee shop and a chat with the barista…gone. A happy hour drink after work…gone. Taking in the latest Oscar-buzz movie, or finally finding out what Tovar Dal […]

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