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Mad, Sad or Glad?

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles Pandemic The Sixteenth Year

Is water good or bad?   It depends on what you do with it.   You can wash your hair, have a drink or drown in it.

Is fire good or bad?   It depends on what you do with it.   You can cook your meal, heat your home or burn your house down with it.

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What's Going On?

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles News & Society Other News & Society Pandemic The Sixteenth Year

A few years ago, I had the thrill of visiting Washington, D.C.   A “Hop-on-hop off” tram took me around the city while the driver served as tour guide.   What a thrill to see the places that I had only viewed previously on television.   I went to Congress, the Ford Theatre (where President Lincoln was shot), the Lincoln Memorial and stood in front of the White House.

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Loving During a Pandemic

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family New Articles Pandemic The Sixteenth Year Valentine's Day

It is almost impossible to stage a traditional Valentine’s Day outing when everyone is locked up or wearing masks and distancing at least six feet apart.   The days of fancy dinners in exotic locations are out of reach.   But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy and show love if you are willing to be creative and wise. Let’s examine the three psychological aspects of love: Thoughts – So many times I have been touched by individuals who tell me that they have been thinking about me.   What a compliment!   Someone who invests time and energy into reviewing memories or...

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Foolish Questions

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Sixteenth Year

I remember years ago hearing a silly song that was written and recorded by Johnny Cash in 1984.   Most of us can relate to the first two lines which are: “Well now you've all been asked foolish questions and I think that you all know That you're bound to run into them most, most anywhere you go.” I highly recommend that you find the lyrics and even a recording as the song will put a smile on your face. Throughout the years, I have also heard people say that there aren’t any stupid questions and that it is important to...

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Loneliness

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic Personal Growth Self Improvement The Sixteenth Year

Winter can be a difficult time, especially when the weather steals our freedom.   It isn’t easy to travel when the roads are icy and the temperatures are plummeting.  Many people are afraid of falling and are therefore indoors more. The pandemic that began in 2020 has brought with it a number of restrictions that tend to isolate people.  Those who I have found to be most vulnerable are seniors who live in their homes.  They don’t have the advantage of interacting with others personally and frequently do not have computer skills to reach out.   Unlike those who live in a...

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Mary's Story

Dr. Linda Hancock Christmas Holidays Home and Family New Articles Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

We have had quite a year!   No one ever could ever have predicted the way that our whole world would change in a matter of just a few months.   Each of us thinks that our circumstances are so unusual and have never happened before. I have been thinking a lot about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how she experienced so many parallels to us.  She must have felt similar to how we are feeling.   Ponder this: Shock – Imagine the shock when this teenaged girl found out that she was pregnant and yet hadn’t been with a man. We...

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Adversity Builds Strength

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

There is an old expression that states: “Experience is what you wish was happening to the other guy!”.  None of us like to go through difficult times. Everyone states they want to enjoy good health but really don’t want to invest the time and energy needed to embrace it.  Finding the motivation to exercise can be an ongoing battle.  We know that going to a gym or taking a long walk when we have been sedentary, will cause sore muscles!  Learning to cook and planning menus will provide good, nutritious meals that actually are less expensive than eating out or...

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I Live in my Bubble

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

Some people live lives that are like a football field.   They let everyone run all over them and then throw Gatorade on them at the end of the fourth quarter.  They are worried about the opinions of others – even people that they don’t know.   Unfortunately, their desire to please can leave them feeling resentful, knowing that they have worked to get everyone else’s needs meet while theirs are neglected. Others live as though they are surrounded by those big grey cement blocks that are used for building schools and hockey rinks.   They are so protective of themselves that they...

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Rights and Responsibilities

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

I have never had any desire or intention to hijack or blow up an airplane.  Before boarding, however, I remove my jacket, take off my shoes, put my laptop in a tray and submit to other security procedures.  You see, I understand that someone else might want to blow up or hijack the plane.  It is my right to fly but my responsibility to participate in safety measures. I have a license that gives me the right to drive but also the responsibility to drive safely. Each of us has many, many other rights and responsibilities as citizens and individuals...

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Beliefs Drive Our Behaviours

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Pandemic Self Improvement The Fifteenth Year

When a baby elephant is born, those in charge use a chain around one of its legs and a stake in the ground to limit its ability to roam.  Over time, even though the elephant grows to more than 5,000 pounds and has considerable strength, it has a belief that it cannot move beyond what the length of the chain allows.   It has been conditioned. As humans, we also are conditioned.   In childhood we are influenced by our parents who may pass on ideas that aren’t even rational – yet we believe what they say – even into adulthood at...

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Common Sense

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

A few weeks ago, I was doing a therapy session with a couple who was having a very loud argument.  The language was harsh, and they weren’t making any progress towards resolution of the issue. I jumped in with a piece of advice. The husband immediately turned to the screen and said “Linda, that is just too much like common sense.  I don’t know how to handle common sense because there isn’t any of it in the world anymore”.   Fortunately, we all laughed and that broke the tension. But what he said was also sad.  Common sense is NOT common,...

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Confusing Questions

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

There have been so many changes in our world this year and I frequently have questions that do not seem to have clear answers.  I wonder if you are also confused about things. Here are some topics that I have been pondering: PANDEMIC SEVERITY – I told you previously that I was very ill in January but that was before we started testing for COVID-19, so I really don’t know if I had it. I am confused about why some areas were hit very hard by the number of cases while others were not.  Statistics are being questioned by many...

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Conspiracy Versus Truth

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

In the past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot about “conspiracy theories” and “conspirators” so thought I would see if I could get a better understanding of what these terms mean. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that a conspiracy theory “explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators”.  Sounds to me like the stuff mystery novels are based upon.  Joy in the reading comes from seeing the “secrets” revealed as the plot develops and motivation of the characters is uncovered. Conspiracies are tied to beliefs that individuals hold.  I...

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Personal Choices in a World of Chaos

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

In the first week of January 2020 I became extremely ill from “something”.  My symptoms, which evidenced primarily between my chin and my waist were highly unusual and I didn’t believe that I had ever experienced anything so horrible in my life.  It was strange because I had been faithful in taking my vitamins, had my flu shot and made sure that I always followed through with medical checkups for dental, physical and vision. My first response when I got sick was to follow health practices of the past which I had used for years to fight illness.  I went...

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Are Things Worse Than Ever?

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

I find it interesting to discuss the state of our world and how it has changed.  Some people believe that it has gotten far worse over time.  Others focus on positive advancements.  A third group blends aspects from both of these stances. Let’s try to put things into perspective by acknowledging a few concepts:   There has always been trouble in the world. Those who have studied the Bible know that evil appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a talking snake.  Their two children, Cain and Abel got into an argument that resulted in murder.  Only one...

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It's Not All That Bad

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

The pandemic that arrived in late 2019 seems to have frozen much of our world.  Since it arrived there have been school closures, significant economic ramifications, government regulations to self-isolate, and restricted travel.  An attitude for citizens consisting of fear and confusion due to mixed messages is also evident. But it is not all bad.  There are many things in the world, in fact, that have improved or shifted because of the pandemic:   Business Innovation – Many owners have adapted to non-contact restrictions by offering options for take out or delivery. Some even changed the products that they were...

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We Are At War!

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945.  The countries who were called “allies” included Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States.  They were fighting against Germany, Italy and Japan which were known as the Axis Powers.   I clearly remember many stories that my mom told me about the Second World War and how it changed her life as well as the whole world.  Lately I have been thinking about how our war with COVID-19 has parallels to what everyone experienced back then.   Fear – When we feel that we don’t have control...

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But What If…?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Mental Health Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

Over the past few weeks, the world has been experiencing a pandemic which has stolen almost everything that we previously called “Normal”.   No one seems to understand the virus and we are certainly getting very mixed messages from sources that previously we would trust and respect without question.     Articles that I wrote in the past addressed depression and anxiety.  You see, there has likely been degrees of depression and anxiety throughout recorded history – and perhaps even before that.   Those who experience depression are often “stuck” in the past.   They focus on the things that happened which are...

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Parenting During A Pandemic

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family Pandemic Parenting The Fifteenth Year

The pandemic has changed all our lives and for the last few weeks family members have been together at home due to self-isolation requirements. I have noticed that those who are experiencing a great deal of frustration are parents of school-aged children and their teachers who are not allowed to be together in school settings. Following are some of the concerns that I am hearing:   Many children do not have established routines and are sleeping in so miss their internet sessions with their teachers. Parents do not know how to help with the lessons assigned, especially the math. Relationships...

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Will It Ever End?

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

I remember when years ago I was working in a government agency. It seemed that staff was frequently complaining about change. They wanted things to always remain the same as they were. One day, in frustration I said, "If we didn't have change, we would all be chasing our supper with a bow and arrow"! Change can be frustrating, especially if it makes us uncomfortable and if there are difficult adjustments to navigate. But change can lead to positive results. I am from the "pre-tv" age. I have been able to see huge changes in technology, science and communications over...

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Who Can You Trust in This Pandemic World?

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

It's been several weeks since the world began a shut-down due to COVID-19 and I think we have all noticed a lot of confusing messages that have been circulating since then. Every one of us likes to have some control in our lives and "the unknown" can therefore become an enemy to the people. Since this started however, I have to be honest by saying that I don't think anyone has any really good answers to give us right now. There isn't an exact date as to when everything will open up again. The fact that there are different pockets...

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Distancing - Gift or Burden

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

This past week I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Canadian financial expert Benjamin Tal. This, for me, was like finding the lost piece of a thousand-piece puzzle! He started by describing the world as being "frozen." What an appropriate description! Schools are closed and so are most businesses. Layoffs and the need to work from home have left streets empty. Thoughts of buying or selling a house are just that - thoughts. The price of gas is extremely low, yet we are not going anywhere! Mr. Tal stated that the world will not change until an...

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Things to Ponder

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Mental Health Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

The pandemic can be difficult to navigate and if we aren't careful, we might find that we are developing an anxiety disorder. It is very important that you not only remain physically healthy but also enjoy good mental health so you might find the following to help you. A little anxiety is a good thing because it can keep us sharp! It encourages us to prepare for a situation so that we won't make mistakes or look stupid and helps us to stay safe. Anxiety can be experienced by children, adults, seniors and animals. We learn from others and often...

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It Feels Like the 1950s

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family Other Home and Family Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

The pandemic that we have been experiencing has caused so many changes in our lives. I was thinking the other day that a lot of what we are doing reminds me of growing up in the 1950s:   Travel - I remember when, in grade eleven, my parents decided that it would be important for our family to go on our first major trip. We drove to British Columbia where we stayed with a family friend in his cabin on Vancouver Island. We spent a day at Stanley Park. You see, we didn't have a lot of money or opportunities...

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A Wonderful Role Model

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic The Fifteenth Year

In April Queen Elizabeth II celebrated yet another birthday. She is now 94 years of age! She and her husband, Prince Philip who will have his 98th birthday this year are isolated in Windsor Castle because of the pandemic. Now you may not be a monarchist but, at a personal level, one cannot help but admire the Queen for a number of reasons:   Work ethic - Elizabeth didn't expect to be the Queen of England but when her uncle David abdicated to be with his twice divorced American wife her father became King and she automatically was in line...

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