Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

As for me, yesterday was a normal workday with business as usual. As I was typing away, I suddenly felt like the only person in the country working. I heard people laughing and could smell a waft of barbecue in the air. I was about to feel quite desperate for a vacation, when I decided what I really needed was a change in environment.

I took a walk. I felt the breeze on my face. I saw the shadows from trees creating unique patterns on the sidewalk in front of me. I heard birds crying out in the distance, a man whistling from afar. In the absence of a plan or a busy schedule, I could sense a symphony of aliveness that I often ignored.

In a ten minute walk around my block, I realized that every bad day had a potential to be a good one if I could learn to change my perspective. Just like an intimidating situation or an unexpected life change, with an ability to be open and willingness to move with what was happening instead of struggling against it, I could learn to embrace whatever it was that was going on right now.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t wish I was sitting in a hammock on an island somewhere or getting a massage at the spa. What it meant was that I could create that same type of result, that same feeling of relaxation and hope, if I had the courage to do something different.

These top posts from the last week are all about giving you new perspectives-new ways of solving old problems whether you’re afraid of blogging or are highly sensitive. You just need to be willing to open your mind, to bend in the wind instead of resist it and read this.

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogophobia

(Private Practive Toolbox) – When you were working on getting licensed as a therapist, you probably didn’t think you would need an education in social media too. These days, however, social media is the way to market your practice. If you’ve been meaning to start blogging, but just don’t know where to start, read this.

Lessons From Our Pets: Self-Care and Relaxation

(Panic About Anxiety) – Our beloved pets are so wise aren’t they? One of the things they teach us is how to relax and fully enjoy our lives by showing us how they live their own.

ADHD Roadblock – Do I Really Need More Maintenance?

(ADHD from A to Zoë) – We’re work-in-progress type of beings. This makes it difficult to know when enough is enough. Zoë contemplates when it’s time for her to stop working, take a break and maybe even try to forget (just for awhile) that she has ADHD.

Being Highly Sensitive and Creative

(The Creative Mind) – Being highly sensitive comes with its downfalls, being easily hurt, for example. But it also comes with its perks. Find out what the connection is between being highly sensitive and creative.

Bipolar Type II: Surviving a “Bad Day”

(To the Edge & Back) – A bad day for those with bipolar disorder is a lot different from most. Thank our newest blogger Steven for describing what the highs and lows of bipolar II really look like. His post provides information for those who don’t know what it’s like and gives hope and understanding for those who do.