One of the Best Choices You Can Make

Dr. Linda Hancock


Dr. Hancock has written a regular weekly column entitled “All Psyched Up” for newspapers in two Canadian provinces for more than a dozen years. Over the years, her readers and clients have said that they have benefited from her common-sense solutions, wisdom, and sense of humour. Dr. Linda Hancock, the author of “Life is An Adventure…every step of the way” and “Open for Business Success” is a Registered Psychologist who has a private practice in Medicine Hat. She can be reached at 403-529-6877 or through email


September 19 2009

All Psyched Up. | | One of the Best Choices You Can Make | by Dr. Linda Hancock | Published September 19 2009 | Revised July 3 2022

© 2022, Dr. Linda Hancock INC.

Over the past few weeks I have stayed at home far more than in the past. The result of this has been a number of benefits that I might otherwise have missed. Staying home allows you to:

1. Save Money - You don't need to purchase a ticket or fill your gas tank to drive to an event. Cooking at home can also cost a great deal less than eating in a restaurant and doing so allows you to create new recipes or old favourites.

2. Enjoy the uniqueness offered by your home - Perhaps you live near a park or have a beautiful yard. Maybe you have a fireplace, reading room or big screen television. What is the point in having a comfortable bed if you are never in it? Or a comfortable living room that never gets "lived in". You chose your home for a number of reasons and decorated it to suit the lifestyle of you and your family. Now is the time to reap the benefits.

3. Communicate with those you love - Whether it is helping children with homework, sharing a meal with neighbours or phoning a good friend, your home provides a setting that can enhance relationships.

4. Complete projects - Do you have stacks of photos that are waiting to be put into albums? How many things are you said "i wish I had time for..."? Are there renovations that need to be completed? Do you have a correspondence course to finish? What about that closet that you have been promising yourself to clean?

5. Feed your soul with the things that you enjoy - What hobbies have you neglected for a long time? Many people long for activities that they enjoyed in the past which have disappeared by the busyness of their life. Do you have books to read, paintings to paint, instruments to play or an antique car to restore? A deck of cards can bring laughter while a well-written letter can bring pleasure to you and the recipient.

I find it amazing that people invest so much time and money to create a home and then seldom stay home to enjoy it. Why not make a commitment that this next weekend you will soak up all the benefits that come with staying home? I think you'll be glad you did!

All Psyched Up. | The Fourth Year | One of the Best Choices You Can Make | by Dr. Linda Hancock | Published September 19 2009 | Revised July 3 2022

© 2022, Dr. Linda Hancock INC.