Gerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present Crisis

first_imgPractice Gratitude. Without a doubt this simple exercise can be one of the most beneficial of our day. Towards the end of your day call to mind five experiences or moments from your day for which you feel Grateful. This Gratitude Exercise helps you to focus on what is good and beautiful in your life. Manage your thoughts, try not to be overwhelmed by negative thinking. Notice your emotions, especially the painful ones, deal with what is real and present rather than the wild unreal imaginings which can drag you down. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stop and Think, avoid reacting impulsively or thoughtlessly to people or events. Take a deep breath before saying or doing something. Respond rather than React. Remember, “Between the Stimulus and the Response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Vicktor Frankl. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Take Care of Yourselves and of One Another. Go for a Walk. Take some physical exercise during your day. Find the exercise which suits you and make it part of your daily routine. While exercise is very good for the body it also relaxes the mind and helps us to manage and reduce our Stress levels. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSgerry rafteryKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postmeditatemeditationmindfulmindfulness Mindful Moments. Take occasional moments during your day when you become aware of yourself and what is happening around you. Breathe Deeply. Listen. Notice. These Mindful Moments can enrich your day and help you find calm. Previous articleCancer diagnosing services are fully operationalNext articleJennifer Allen: Dealing with stress in a pandemic Meghann Scully Linkedin Twitter Email Live through this crisis One Day at a Time. There is no point in constantly recounting and remembering how great things were before Covid-19 struck. Equally, there is no point in looking ahead to the potential disasters of illness, unemployment or poverty which may face us. Each day has enough challenges of its own. Live life now one Day at a Time. LifestyleLimerickNewsGerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present CrisisBy Meghann Scully – May 18, 2020 207 Young attractive yogi woman practicing yoga concept, doing namaste gesture, namaste hands to forehead, working out, wearing wrist bracelets, studio background, closeup, view over the shoulderWe are now at Phase One of reopening the country and Gerry has his final article in the series for us. Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal Milestones and shares tips on how to be resilient. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE World Health Organisation and the HSE recognise the need for us to take care of our Mental Health and Well-Being during this Covid-19 Pandemic.We need to do this consciously on a daily basis. Over the past ten weeks I have written a series of articles on how Mindfulness can help us through this crisis. I am summarising the key points of the articles in a list of ten Mindful Habits which can improve our Mental Health and Well-Being at this time. I hope you find them helpful. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WhatsApp Develop Acceptance. Though it is not easy, try to accept things as they are now. Of course, life is not as we would like it to be. Acceptance is the bridge that leads to a place of calm and to new beginnings. Use the Prayer: “Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference”. Mind your Mind – Be aware of the need to take care of your own Mental Health and Well-Being. This is primarily your own responsibility.  Be Kind and Compassionate towards yourself and towards others. We need to take extra care of ourselves. Do simple Acts of Kindness for yourself and for others. This generates something positive within us while at the same time building up those around us. Be Kind!Manage Stress. While some Stress is a normal part of life, at the moment the levels of Stress can be very high. When you feel Stressed take a minute to breathe deeply in order to relax your mind and body. Be vigilant and try to avoid unnecessary stressful triggers, whether they are thoughts, people or places. Meditation. Schedule a daily Meditation time where you sit down for ten or twenty minutes and simply focus on your breath and your breathing. Your mind will wander quickly and often. When it does, gently return to the Breath and the Breathing. This Meditation may appear difficult but it is easier than you think. There are many good Apps available, Try Headspace or Calm.last_img read more

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar delivers State of the County address

first_imgFuture initiatives include addressing the child care crisis in Broome County. While Garnar says his office is very busy with dozens of projects, he says he couldn’t have accomplished this much on his own. “When you look at all we’ve accomplished, we are an example of how government can work when you put aside politics and come together to get things done,” said Garnar. “Within another month or so, you’re going to see a pretty large county initiative dedicated toward exploring how Broome County can add more daycare spots as well,” said Garnar. Infrastructure was another hot topic in the address, including revitalizing the Oakdale Mall. By the end of the month, Garnar expects to bring more than 100 employees into the new Broome County Workforce Development Center. Covering a variety of topics, Garnar highlighted Broome County as one of the first counties in New York State to introduce stop-arm cameras to all school buses. “We’re doing this first because in Broome County we never wait on keeping our kids safe,” said Garnar. “That’s just going to generate a lot of foot traffic, a lot of activity, and I thik you’re going to see the mall grow and expand as well,” said Garnar. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar delivered the 2020 State of the County address, highlighting more than 100 initiatives his office has worked on in three years. “Since January 2017, the unemployment rate has fallen, the average price of home sales in Broome County is way up, our fund balance is 25 times more than what it was three years ago, and crime is down,” said Garnar. Garnar also discusses new protections for first responders, a new veteran resource center, and upcoming demolition projects.last_img read more

Danish pension funds voice worry about falling bond liquidity

first_imgMajor Danish institutional investors, including pension funds ATP, PFA Pension and Sampension, are concerned about the drying up of liquidity in the domestic bond markets seen over the last 10 years and say bond trading now requires significantly more resources, according to a new study.The Danish Securities Dealers’ Association (Børsmæglerforeningen) and the Danish Bankers’ Association (Finansrådet) have conducted a study into how the country’s largest investors are experiencing liquidity in the bond market, which concludes that the development is clearly downward and worrying.Peter Andersen, board member of the Danish Securities Dealers’ Association and chief executive of Jyske Bank Markets, said: “It is a worrying development that we are seeing on the bond markets.“We must take these statements from the big investors very seriously,” he said. In their research, the two associations held meetings with six institutional investors during the spring — ATP, Sampension, PFA Pension, Nykredit Asset Mangement, Danske Capital and Nordea Investment Management.The associations said a general impression from the talks was that all the investors were experiencing falling levels of liquidity on the bond markets and expressed concern about the development, particularly on the mortgage bond market.Strong liquidity on the bond market was crucial for the efficiency of the mortgage market, so that borrowers got the best financing, the associations said.Outlining problems the sparser liquidity is throwing up for institutional investors, the report said the new situation meant not only that sales and purchases of Danish bonds had become more expensive for the investors, but also that they now had less opportunity to change asset allocation.“Investors are experiencing a new reality that entails them having to use significantly more resources to carry out their trades today,” the report said.The investors also pointed out in the discussions that the biggest challenge they faced today within this sphere came when they wanted to reallocate portfolio assets“In practice it can be impossible to implement such a reallocation within a short time period,” the report said.Investors told the associations’ researchers that whereas 10 years ago they had been able to carry out bond trades of up to DKK1bn (€134m) within a few minutes without changing the market price significantly, today they had to limit trades to DKK100m or less in order to effect the deal within a single day without changing the market price.The investors cited various factors that had likely led to reduced liquidity in the bond market, including the current dearth of market-makers and smaller, marginal investors in the market compared to a few years ago and the fact that bank treasury departments appeared to have become less flexible in their portfolio allocation because of stricter regulation.The Danish Securities Dealers’ Association made a number of proposals in the report to enhance liquidity, including reducing the number of open mortgage bond series and using a higher level of central counterparty clearing as well as making changes to the law on refinancing.Late last year, ATP cited the significant drop in market liquidity over the last 13 years as one of the factors behind the strategic changes it had been gradually making to its investment and operations.Chief executive Carsten Stendevad said back then that the big fall in sovereign bond market liquidity since 2002 had been a huge challenge for the DKK705bn statutory pension fund.last_img read more

Flood Watch for Treasure Coast through Saturday

first_imgWATCH LIVE RADAR: Expect heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County.A flood warning is in effect for eastern Martin County until 6:15 p.m. A flood watch is in effect for Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties until Saturday afternoon.last_img

Thurston Solid Waste Shares Information About Hosting A Green BBQ, Wedding,…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteParties are fun but can be a lot of work too.  Luckily, holding a green event does not require much effort, catches people’s attention, and can start some great conversations. Thurston County Solid Waste has resources to make your next event both fun and environmentally friendly.  So next time you have a BBQ or other family gathering, consider borrowing a free recycle kit from one of eight locations in our county. Most kits come with bins for recycling, food waste, trash plus bags and signs. They are easy to transport and assemble. And your guests will love having other options besides sending waste to the landfill. The best part is the kits are free and made available thanks to a state grant and partners’ help.New to the event recycling program this year, is a partnership with Celebrations, the party story in Lacey. Now you can get a recycling kit for FREE and rent reusable water pitchers, plates, cups, and silverware on the same trip! Renting durable and reusable party items will reduce the amount of trash and even recycling you might have to deal with. It’s the “reduce” part of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” Plus, with changes at Silver Springs Organics, the organics collection program no longer allows your paper plates, cups, and biodegradable forks.  These items are now trash.   Just go to Celebrations’ rental catalog at and click on “Recycling Kit.”You have some options for the recyclables and organics you collect at your events. You might consider putting them in the appropriate curbside collections you already have. There are also drop locations in the county for trash and recycling. You can take food waste to Silver Springs Organics near Rainier, WA. Or LeMay can provide temporary trash, recycling, and organics pickup for your event by calling (360) 486-8603. If you are in the City of Olympia, you can also call them for service at 753-8368.There are lots of green event planning resources online to make it easy. For more information, go to and click on “Borrow Event Recycling Bins.” Also, make sure to check out these tips for your next event.  For the most up to date information on what goes in the organics bin, go to read more