Election Week “Baker’s Dozen” of Mental Well-Being Tips

If you don’t have a plan for taking care of your mental well-being this week, I invite you to do so today. What can you do more of that fills your bucket? Here are some ideas: 1. Turn up the volume and take a music break. Whether it is soothing ambient tunes, rage releasing metal,Continue reading “Election Week “Baker’s Dozen” of Mental Well-Being Tips”

The Hopeful, Courageous Power of Anger

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” Augustine of Hippo There is a lot to be angry about. Skyrocketing rates of COVID, financial stress from months of quarantine, deadly racial injustice, political chaos…andContinue reading “The Hopeful, Courageous Power of Anger”

Mindfulness Without The “Meditation”

Meditation has been proven to manage stress and anxiety, increase focus, and interrupt negative thought patterns. For a variety of reasons, however, many people don’t feel that traditional meditation is for them: it feels “too woo-woo” to them, that it is counter to their practice of faith, or that it is connected only to theContinue reading “Mindfulness Without The “Meditation””

The Second Arrow: Avoiding Added Suffering

There is a Buddhist parable referred to as The Second Arrow. In one telling of the story, the Buddha asks one of his students, “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” The student replied , “It is.” The Buddha then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, isContinue reading “The Second Arrow: Avoiding Added Suffering”

Well-Being Open Forum Call, Friday, April 24

I am looking forward to Friday when I will be holding a free Well-Being Open Forum Call on Zoom on Friday April 24th from 12pm-1pm EST. I will be sharing ideas for how we can cultivate our resilience during this time of turbulence and crisis. We will also talk about how to be a well-beingContinue reading “Well-Being Open Forum Call, Friday, April 24”

On Acceptance

Yesterday, my morning mindfulness practice focused on acceptance. I left the practice feeling ready to embrace the present reality. Then, the governor of Virginia announced that in response to the rapid rise of coronavirus, mandatory stay-at-home orders would last through June 10. Although we had already been practicing stay-at-home for more than two weeks, aContinue reading “On Acceptance”

Quarantine: Am I Doing It Right? A Guide for Over and Under Achievers

When my children were younger, I wrote a blog called Fork Mom (it’s still out there on the interwebs, folks). It was called such because I am a Fork Mom—the mom who volunteers to bring the plastic forks to the school party and not the Pinterest-worthy cupcakes. Someone has to bring the forks, right?  I wroteContinue reading “Quarantine: Am I Doing It Right? A Guide for Over and Under Achievers”

RESILIENCE IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS: How to Check-in On Your Team's Emotional Well-Being

Most of us are on week two of the pandemic response. For many of us, that means we are working from home. For others who are in essential services, you are continuing to leave home for work each day. Both have their unique and very real challenges and stressors. If you are leading a teamContinue reading “RESILIENCE IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS: How to Check-in On Your Team's Emotional Well-Being”


This is the eighth piece in an ongoing series on topics relating to how we cope personally and collectively in the midst of this health crisis. For questions, topic suggestions, resources, or other, please feel free to reach me at rb@reneebranson.blog Today is Friday and for most of us, it is the end of the firstContinue reading “RESILIENCE IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS: Breathe”