Food For Thought Friday

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Food For Thought Friday


Yesterday I caught some of Dr. Oz and one of his guests was Mel Robbins who offered some excellent Emotional Resiliency Tools (or delray beachInner Strength) to help us cope.  


I was not familiar with Ms. Robbins but I thought I’d pass it on to you to use as you will or even share with someone you may know who is finding it hard to deal with our world being turned topsy turvy. 


Bear with me while I paraphrase and add to her suggestions.


“Emotional Resiliency Tools” to help you cope…


  1. Accept Where You Are

One of my favorite phrases that my husband uses is “It is what it is.”  It’s a very simple thought but it means so much. 

Pointing fingers or wishing for what was and cannot be is wasted energy.

What you’re doing is turning over the power to control your life to something or someone other than yourself. 

  2. Create  A New Routine

For many, this new normal happened during or around Spring Break. But instead of going back to school and work, we are staying at home. And not just staying at home but not going out to dinner, hair and nail appointments, social meetings with friends, concerts, etc. 

What we did has changed for many..staying in our PJs, sleeping late, staying up late, eating everything we can get our hands on.

Having a new routine is also good because it puts YOU in control of your life. And when that day comes when school and work call, it will be a lot easier for us to get back into our old routine. 


Mel’s suggestion is her 5 Second Rule. If you find yourself immobilized by anxiety or depression you’ll find this helpful. 

It reminds me of kids having a race and someone says 1,2 3 GO and everyone takes off. 

What I found helpful is if you have teens or young adults at home, it’s important to let them be in charge of their new routine. This helps to give them some sense of control in what they see is a world going out of control. 


3. Take Care of Yourself

Try meditation, yoga, walking or jogging in your neighborhood or park.

This next tip is one that I hope you’ll truly focus on…

Remember that this is temporary. 

Think about what you will do when we are done with this. 


So, what am I looking forward to doing after all of this?  I’m having a huge gathering at my house for my family!



When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall



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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

What a great idea, have a nice family party when it's over and start a new normal for all. 

Apr 03, 2020 10:10 AM #23
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Hi Kathy, I love all the pointers and agree with them. The phrase "It is what it is" is also one of my favorites.

Apr 03, 2020 10:40 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sham Reddy CRS that was such a wonderful quote. There are many struggling with this financially or mentally or both and we need to find a way to help them. 

Hi Wayne Martin I can't wait!  I am the eternal optimist. 


Apr 03, 2020 11:48 AM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro Thank you and I thought about you when I wrote about creating a new routine. I know how important having one is for you!!! And that's not a bad thing.

Donald Urschalitz Larry's mom was a PhD Psychologist and she used to use me (only an MA in it) as her therapist. 

Apr 03, 2020 11:56 AM #26
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Peter Marshals quote really holds true in today's environment...

join me in having a happy Friday Kathy Streib 

Apr 03, 2020 12:02 PM #27
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I agree Nina Hollander That's what I think every day when I get up. 

Michael Jacobs that's exactly where mine went, if that's where your mind went. 

LOL Grant Schneider that's a great way to get you moving. 

Apr 03, 2020 12:06 PM #28
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are all great pointers. I'm still getting up at the same time, but the things I do every day are a little different now. I've had a full tank of gas for the last three weeks! That's a crazy thing.

Apr 03, 2020 12:17 PM #29
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My parents always watch Dr. Oz and enjoy the information that he provides.  Yesterday when I went to pick my Dad up, that is what they were watching!

Apr 03, 2020 12:36 PM #30
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kathy Streib very valuable list of tips to fallow during challenging times.

Apr 03, 2020 01:48 PM #31
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - A lot of good suggestions.  I think most people will appreciate being able to be closer at some point in the future. We are social animals and need that contact. Soon this will pass. 

Apr 03, 2020 01:49 PM #32
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Good afternoon Kathy Streib The only thing we can sure of is change. Resilency is developed over time and I too find "it is what it is" to be a reality check along  with "focus on what you can control." Congrats on the feature.

Apr 03, 2020 02:26 PM #33
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what a great post and indeed we have control of how we look at things, consequently we have control over our emotions and I have the hardest time getting this message to Diane.....

Apr 03, 2020 05:21 PM #34
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kathy,  Thank you for sharing plenty of positive food for thought.  So many pointers on how to stay focused and mentally able - for this too, shall pass.

Apr 03, 2020 06:02 PM #35
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

So glad to see this post featured! Very positive and thoughtful we all need to listen too! Thank you!

Apr 03, 2020 06:34 PM #36
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm happy where I am.  And, I'm becoming more comfortable with my new routine.  I still miss swimming though!

Apr 03, 2020 06:49 PM #37
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 03, 2020 06:51 PM #38
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Mel is a pretty wise woman, and she communicates that wisdom well. I heard her talk at a CRS convention a couple years ago on the 5 second rule and it was very impressive...and motivating. Try it!!


Apr 03, 2020 07:54 PM #39
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

So, are you inviting all of your family here in the Rain?  I believe you would need to get a bigger venue

Apr 04, 2020 12:55 AM #40
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The Five Second Rule link did not work for me.

Great advice for now and beyond this. 

Being retired, the daily routine isn't really that much of a difference for me and Rick. It's the not going out in public that is the biggest change and even that is really only stores for us. We don't go out to eat so we aren't missing that like everyone else is.

I kind of like the freedom of no makeup and no surprise visitors. LOL

Apr 04, 2020 07:16 AM #41
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Diamonds are made under pressure.  Perfect!  Yes, we should all get together with family and friends after all this is over.  Thanks, Kathy

Apr 05, 2020 08:34 AM #42
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