There are just two things on my mind right now: Japan and the time change. One is weighing heavy on my heart and the other has turned me into a zombie. Both have affected the way I view my life. How can two things so different in severity–a natural disaster and a loss of an hour–have anything to do with each another?

For me, it crowns time as King and places everything else as a lesser priority. What we choose to spend time in our lives suddenly becomes clearer. Like the grains of sand falling in an hourglass, time slips away putting a spotlight on the impact hardship and an hour loss have on what’s really important. It forces me to ask what moments should I be spending more time on and which ones should I lay to rest?

As we begin a new week, our bloggers have a pulse on Japan. You’ll see a few posts here on the impact of the tragedy along with a few other posts on relationships and creativity. We’re going through a difficult time right now, but hope we can stand together and get through it with love, hope and unity.

Emotional Health and “Happynomics”

(Coming Out Crazy) – Why would Sandy Naiman decide to embrace the role of Emotional Health Advocate instead of Mental Health Advocate? She explains in this self-reflective post.

How Pushing Past Defenses to Feel Your Feelings Makes You Strong — and More Human

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Defensiveness in a relationship may feel self-protecting like when you blame your partner to avoid feeling rejected or hurt. But by doing so you could be preventing yourself from true intimacy and could potentially hurt your relationship.

Earthquake, and Tsunami, and Meltdown Oh, My!

(Mental Health Humor) – Chato B. Stewart offers a few tips for those feeling overwhelmed by the catastrophe of the recent Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown. It’s what inspired today’s Facebook question. *To read what others advised on preventing bad news overload, go here.

Creative Anxiety – So Much on the Line

(The Creative Mind) – Fear seems to come with the territory of being creative. But can fear also be a good thing? Can you be creative without a little fear? The Creative Mind answers these questions and more.

How Can Psychologists Help Immediately After Trauma

(Real World Research) – As we watch the news and witness the tragedy that is going on in Japan, it’s hard to not feel helpless. As psychologists, you have a natural need to want to help. But how do you know what is the best way to do so? Surprisingly, there’s no easy answer.