Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Be A Water Baby

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

taylor in suitFor several years before my mom died, we did the typical role reversal – child parenting parent. Now that she’s gone, I’m delighted to notice she’s back – parenting to the max in my head. She would be happy to know this, I think, because she had so many opinions and much good advice.

I thought of her this weekend when Taylor, my granddaughter, took her first splash in a backyard baby pool. It was just like mama said – “put a child in water and it’s calming.” Once out of the pool, Miss Tay took a plenty long snooze.

Same with my visit to a lake up near Cleveland. Listening to the water pound the rocks with the window open, and voila! Instant sleep.

Whether it’s rain on the roof, a real ocean, or one on CD, give mama’s advice a try if you’re stressed. Be a water baby.

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Stressed Out? Get A Dog!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Meet Henry, the much-loved dog of German Village resident Mary B. Relotto. “Mary B,” as she’s known, has just won a contest I ran to name the cartoon dog on the cover of my upcoming book of columns and stress relief tips, The Dog Ate My Planner.


The name she sent in, of course, was “Henry”, in honor of her own dog, who she says is so wise that if he ever ate her planner, it would be to send her the message: “Slow down sister!” 



 “Wow!” I thought.  “Henry must be a genius!  A stress-relief guru!”


Just looking at him relieves my stress, which brings me to the Aha! moment that came from talking with dog-lovers who wanted to win a drawing of their own favorite pet, drawn by the book’s illustrator, Michael H. Whiting. 


Although the dog in The Dog is a pesky creature that stands for all the “dogs” in our life that disrupt our plans, these dog people have me convinced: The world would be a happier place if everyone owned a real dog.  


OK. I know everyone can’t.  Thanks to my husband’s allergies, I have rare visiting privileges in Dog Land.  And some prefer cats, ferrets, guinea pigs or goldfish.  


But it’s enormously fun to mingle with dog people. What great stories they tell!  All with a smile. 



In case you, too, have been dog-deprived, here’s what I now know:


You can have your mutt’s DNA tested, to see what he really is.  But the word is they all turn out to be 50% German shepherd.  Huh?


Dogs can get dementia.  One woman said she had to medicate hers because he got Sundowner’s Syndrome and wandered around the house all night. 


There really are gourmet pet bakeries and dog washes, little shops with tubs where you can drop off your muddy-footed pooch after a rainy day trip to the park while you go off and sip a Cappuccino.  But if your buddy has separation anxiety, I’m told it might be better to get the Cappuccino to go and stay right there with him. 



There are pet parties where dog ware is sold like Tupperware, and the hostess wins a prize.  And there are dog parks where only dogs (like only children) go to socialize and their owners stand by nervously hoping the Doberman or Rottweiler who belongs to someone else had more than a gourmet cookie for lunch. (Apologies to Doberman and Rottweiler owners).


None of this would I have known if I had not been cruising through the alternate universe of canine-lovers, looking for dog names.


Now I must admit that I bumped into a few folks who had run into problems with dogs just as pesky as the mythical ones in my book.  The runner-up, Carolyn Fergus of Wesley Glen retirement community in Clintonville, recalled how her lab Dinah had once eaten her checkbook.  (“Not the checks, the transaction register for the previous nine months”).  She named my dog “Trouble.”


Cat-lovers and anyone else who’d like to comment about the value of dogs are welcome to do so here.  And don’t forget to check out the great list of other suggested names in the home page story (“We Have A Winner!”) – just in case you decide to get a dog. I’d recommend it.



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Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Drawing on her skills as a humor writer and life coach, Pat presents motivational speeches to professional and community groups on using humor and positive psychology techniques to function more happily in our personal and professional worlds.

Don’t Let The Dog Eat Your Planner

Are work challenges and personal responsibilities putting you over the top? In this interactive presentation based on her book,  Pat shares how to re-frame those metaphorical “dogs” in our lives and keep moving forward.

Her audiences participate in specific research-based exercises that will help keep a positive focus when life seems chaotic, and they get homework to keep the experience alive.

Good Grief: Why Am I Laughing At A Time Like This?

Grieving can’t be laughed away.  But finding  humor during the grieving process can give us a needed vacation from the trenches of grief and hope that life goes on.

Pat, who lost her husband in May 2009, will show how the techniques she used for finding humor in an overbooked life can also help find humor in times of loss.

Humor Helps: Develop Your Sense of Humor and Survive Hard Times

Have the daily news and economy got you down? Let Pat  show you how to develop a sense of humor that can get you through. She knows.

For nearly a decade she’s chronicled her own travails in her regular humor column, Balancing Act. Looking for the light, ironic side of life has honed her humor-finding skills and helped her survive everything from her mom’s declining health and husband’s long-term illness to the ups and downs of practicing law and raising kids. So the stock market takes a belly flop? “What else is new?” she says.

To book Pat for a speech, get in touch by using the contact form.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008

In times of emotional and financial upheaval, book Pat for a workshop that uses humor to relieve stress and spark creativity. The following workshops can be customized to fill time periods ranging from 1 to 4 hours and make perfect programs for businesses that want to boost the power of their all-important human resources and employees who are stressed or facing job loss. Pat also conducts bereavement workshops and helps those facing all types of losses to re-write their stories using a humor perspective.

Coach Your Own Career

Whether you’re facing a job transition or stalled in a career that doesn’t seem to fit, clarifying your values and understanding your personal strengths can help you move forward.  This workshop helps you identify and face down the inner critic that holds you back and uses positive psychology techniques, including the humor perspective, to transform your current work situation into a more tolerable and possibly even inspiring place.

A Funny Thing Happened: Bringing Your Humorous Tales to the Page

Every one has an amusing story to tell. Let humorist Pat Snyder help you take your own funny stories from amusing to amazing, using techniques that humor writers use. This workshop that will teach you to brainstorm, draft, share, review and revise your own stories, compile them into a collection as family gift books, family reunion collections or blogs, incorporate them into speeches you give at work and in the community, and even find publication outlets to share them with the world.

Good Grief: Why Am I Laughing At A Time Like This?

Grief can’t be laughed away. But finding humor during the grieving process can give us a needed vacation from the trenches of grief and hope that life goes on.

Pat Snyder, who lost her husband in May 2009, will show how the techniques she used for finding humor in an overbooked life can also help find humor in times of loss. Her workshop, suitable for those who are grieving and the professionals who support them, also surveys the latest research on bereavement and interventions that work.

Belly Laugh To Your Aha! Moment (general audience)

Scientific studies show that humor boosts creativity. And that’s no laughing matter. The mental twists and turns we take to “get the joke” could be just the re-wiring we need to find a cure for cancer, a new market for eco-friendly cleaning cloths, or even fix a paper jam in the copier. Join humorist Pat Snyder to explore how humor can solve your problems, boost your creativity, or move you forward on your next project.

Belly Laugh To Your Aha! Moment (for writers)

Scientific studies show that humor boosts creativity. That’s why you don’t have to be a humor writer to benefit from this writers workshop. Anyone who has ever experienced writers block is welcome. The mental twists and turns we take to “get the joke” could be just the re-wiring we need to find our story arc, improve our timing, or incorporate a touch of humor into any genre. Join humorist Pat Snyder to explore how humor works and try some creativity-boosting exercises.

Book Pat for a workshop by contacting her. Fees vary depending on the length of event and location.

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