I’m So Lonely, I could Die, Thanks COVID-19! (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

I’m So Lonely, I could Die, Thanks COVID-19! (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Yep, we heard the news correctly, another three weeks in a lock-down, or self-confinement. I know some of you are going crazy being at home for the last two weeks. You can only watch so much television or read so many books. Let’s face it, we are in a pandemic and for many of us we have no clue on how to manage our downtime. For many, just sitting in a chair and wondering what’s going to happen the next several weeks is not a good place to be.

Fear is taking over many in this pandemic!

If you’re Worrying about tomorrow it will rob you of today’s peace. If you’re glued to the television watching the news, you need to stop doing that and start being productive for you and your family. The news seems to be causing panic and fear with each and every broadcast. Maybe it’s time to start planning some work projects and fun things to do for you and the family.

OK, so what kinds of things are you talking about Dr. Mike? If you live by yourself, start doing things you have dreamed about doing but didn’t have time for it. You certainly have time to do it now, if you’re in a lock-down situation. Maybe you’ve wanted to take up writing poetry, or writing a book. If you do, research on how to begin putting together an outline on google. This actually could be a great project for you. Research that and see what you can come up with. If you like learning about your family history, then do some research with Ancestry.com or MyHeritage.com. There are so many things that you can do. If you have projects around the home that need attending to, then, by all means, get a pad of paper and walk around the house and make a list of to “Do” things, and have at it. Maybe you want to start a diet plan with a bit of exercise. Don’t sit around the house and get depressed. You can do yoga classes online, you can go for walks with your family. There is so much to do while confined to your home or neighborhood.

Next week we will continue with this article, I’m So Lonely, I could Die, you’ll get some insights and suggestions for keeping busy with the family and not focused on the news and all the negativity that goes with it. We’ll get through this, all of us will. Count on it!

Is COVID-19 scaring you and you need someone to talk to? Would you like to build a stronger family through healthy conversations during the COVID-19 and don’t know how? Do you and your spouse want help in knowing how to help your family grow closer during these difficult days? Do you need help in planning activities for your family during the COVID-19 crisis? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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FREE COACHING and COUNSELING SERVICES ON MONDAY MARCH 30TH, THROUGH APRIL 23RD TIME SLOTS ARE 12:00 TO 3:30 PM

FREE COACHING and COUNSELING SERVICES ON MONDAY MARCH 30TH, THROUGH APRIL 23RD TIME SLOTS ARE 12:00 TO 3:30 PM
 
As a counselor, I know many of you are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing. You may have other things you’d like to talk about: a relationship, work, whatever, I’m here for you. I want to let you know everything is going to be OK. There is hope for you, and for all of us. If you need someone to talk to or just to listen, I will be available today MONDAY, March 30th Through April 23rd time slots will be from 12:00 MDT (Denver time zone) to 3:30 PM. Call 303.880.9878 to set up an appointment, or text me at this number and I’ll get back to you.
 
I ask that you limit our conversation to 20 minutes, in consideration for others that need to talk. This will be free and no charge to anyone who wants to talk, I want to give back to all of you as a part of my passion for helping others and my ministry in serving you. Message me to set up a time or respond to this post.
 
If you can please share this on your Facebook page or with your friends please do, many are struggling in silence and need someone to talk to.
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How Do I Stay Physically Fit During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

How Do I Stay Physically Fit During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
 
You may ask yourself, how can I and my family stay fit during this COVO-19 Pandemic while locked down at home? I have some suggestions that you may want to try. They’re not difficult and can be done in your own home or at a park with a sidewalk or street sidewalk. I believe that being physically active will help you to feel in control of your health and give you a calmness that exercise often gives when you do it. You can walk, ride a stationary bike at home, do stretches, yoga to music. There is no reason you can’t enjoy a workout in your own home.

Walking can give you the peace you need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take control of your health by exercise and feeling better by walking.

 
I love walking, and you don’t need a gym to walk outside when the weather is good. I suggest that if at all possible that you get a physical if you haven’t had one in a while. I know with all the COVID-19 issues going around it may be difficult to get in to see your doctor. If you can schedule your appointment with a PA-Physician’s Assistant, and if they give you the green light to exercise, then you’re good to go. You just want to make sure that you don’t have any underlying medical concerns.
Find a safe place that you can start your walking program (A park with sidewalks, or street with sidewalks) a country road, even a hiking trail. If you are new to this, take your time and start with 30 minutes of walking daily or at least four days for one week. Then add 5 minutes to each week that you will be walking until you reach 60 minutes. When you hit that mark, then start doing it for speed, step up your pace. Walking is the easiest exercise there is. Walking gives you a calmness and peacefulness that many would love to have. When you walk, enjoy your surroundings, the trees, birds, country, city, people watching, it’s all good. The smells you will encounter, the new buds on trees, fresh flowers, the fresh rain on the grass. The sounds of birds, the wind in the trees. There is so much to see when you do a walk. You can also listen to your favorite music while on the move.
 
I believe that exercising during this time will give you a feeling of being in control of your health and well-being. Follow the 6-foot distancing from people that the CDC- (Centers for Disease Control) recommends if walking with a group of people. Be careful, put you and your family first. If you have any questions about putting together a walking program, contact Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878 (MST)
 
Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!
 
FOX News Brief: In an announcement advising franchises to close their doors, Planet Fitness unveiled a plan to bring short, no-equipment workouts to anyone who can access its Facebook page.
 
The “Home Work-Ins,” as they’re being called, are part of its “United We Move” initiative and feature certified trainers and special guests Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
 
“Our daily routines have changed in unexpected ways,” Planet Fitness CMO Jeremy Tucker said in an e-mail to Fox. “That’s why we’re offering a free, daily virtual fitness class for everyone on Planet Fitness’ Facebook page from Monday through Friday for the next two weeks (as of now), as we know exercise has both mental and physical health benefits.”
 
Some of the special guests who will be sweating along with you in your living room include “The Biggest Loser” coach and fitness trainer Erica Lugo and NASCAR driver Joey Logano, among others.
 
The Planet Fitness app also features some 500 workouts for those who might not be able to make the live stream.
Until May, Gold’s Gym is also offering free access to its app, Gold’s AMP
 
Peloton-treadmill or bike on your own
After announcing the closure of its brick-and-mortar locations, Peloton also announced it would be offering new users a free 90-day trial of its app.
 
Don’t have a Peloton bike or treadmill at home? No problem. The app’s selections include a variety of workouts that can be completed without its name-brand goods.
 
Co-founder and CEO John Foley points out that it’s not just your own health on the line. “Now, more than ever, we all need to focus on taking care of our own health — physical, mental and emotional — as well as that of our loved ones,” he wrote.
 
Yoga in the confines of your own home
While some of the aforementioned apps also feature Yoga routines, the folks behind the Down Dog Yoga app are taking it one step further for kids and educators.
 
In addition to making all of its related fitness apps completely free until April 1, the company announced it would be offering extended access for all students and teachers (K-12 and college) until July 1. For more information visit downdogapp.com/schools.
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FREE COVID-19 COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES through APRIL 23rd

FREE COVID-19 COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES through APRIL 23rd
 
FREE COVID-19 COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES through APRIL 23rd. Monday through Thursday available times 12:00 to 3:30 PM
 
As a counselor, I know many of you are concerned about COVID-19 pandemic we are facing. You may have other things you’d like to talk about: a relationship, work, whatever, I’m here for you. I want to let you know everything is going to be OK. There is hope for you, and for all of us. If you need someone to talk to or just to listen, I will be available through April 23rd from 12:00 MDT (Denver time zone) to 3:30 PM. Call 303.880.9878 to set up an appointment with Dr. Mike, or text me at this number and I’ll get back to you.
 
I ask that you limit our conversation to 20 minutes, in consideration for others that need to talk. This will be free and no charge to anyone who wants to talk, I want to give back to all of you as a part of my passion for helping others and my time in serving you.

Trust and believe that we will get through this. Cause we will…

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FREE COVID-19 COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES MARCH 30th, through APRIL 23rd.

FREE COVID-19 COUNSELING & COACHING SERVICES MARCH 30th, through APRIL 23rd. Monday through Thursday available times 12:00 to 3:30 PM

As a counselor, I know many of you are concerned about COVID-19 pandemic we are facing. You may have other things you’d like to talk about: a relationship, work, whatever, I’m here for you. I want to let you know everything is going to be OK. There is hope for you, and for all of us. If you need someone to talk to or just to listen, I will be available starting March 30th, until April 23rd from 12:00 MDT (Denver time zone) to 3:30 PM. Call 303.880.9878 to set up an appointment with Dr. Mike, or text me at this number and I’ll get back to you.

I ask that you limit our conversation to 20 minutes, in consideration for others that need to talk. This will be free and no charge to anyone who wants to talk, I want to give back to all of you as a part of my passion for helping others and my ministry in serving you.

If you can please share this on your Facebook page or with your friends please do, many are struggling in silence and need someone to talk to.

Remember, we will get through this, I know it’s hard being isolated but we’re here for each other. God has this all under control, trust Him on this.

It’s OK to ask for help, that’s what I’m here for!

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FREE COVID-19 COACHING and COUNSELING SERVICES ON TUESDAY MARCH 24th, 12:00 to 3:30 PM

FREE COACHING and COUNSELING SERVICES ON TUESDAY MARCH 24th, 12:00 to 3:30 PM
 
As a counselor, I know many of you are concerned about COVID-19 pandemic we are facing. You may have other things you’d like to talk about: a relationship, work, whatever, I’m here for you. I want to let you know everything is going to be OK. There is hope for you, and for all of us. If you need someone to talk to or just to listen, I will be available today Tuesday, March 24th from 12:00 MDT (Denver time zone) to 3:30 PM. Call 303.880.9878 to set up an appointment with Dr. Mike, or text me at this number and I’ll get back to you.
 
I ask that you limit our conversation to 20 minutes, in consideration for others that need to talk. This will be free and no charge to anyone who wants to talk, I want to give back to all of you as a part of my passion for helping others and my ministry in serving you. Message me to set up a time or respond on this post.
 
If you can please share this on your Facebook page or with your friends please do, many are struggling in silence and need someone to talk to.
 
Remember, we will get through this, I know it’s hard being isolated but we’re here for each other. Today’s challenge is to clean one room in the house that you’ve been neglecting to do. Enjoy re-organizing and putting things away, REMEMBER, NO COVID-19 talk with family or friends, focus on getting that room cleaned up!

Dr. Mike is here to help you with your concerns about COVID-19, call him!

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Is Coronavirus Driving Us Crazy? By Dr. Michael Brooks

Is Coronavirus Driving Us Crazy? By Dr. Michael Brooks
 
OK, we’ve all seen the news that toilet paper is as rare as a sighting of Big Foot running around in the mountains of Colorado, right? I mean, people are actually fist fighting over TP. Can you imagine that! Where has the civility gone towards each other? People are fighting over paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, counter wipes.

Is Coronavirus causing fights among us?

I went to the store to get a prescription filled, and I took a walk around the store. Milk was gone, bread was gone, water was gone, meats were just about gone. The line for prescriptions was 25 deep. People are acting like the world is coming to an end. It’s not my friends, we will get through this, this soon will pass, and we will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.
 
Y2K had the same crazy mentality as it does today. Remember when people said everything will shut down, computers will not function. People cancelled flights, thinking that the jet that they were on would fall from the sky. That our food and water distribution centers would run out of food and water. That the power grids would fail, and many people bought generators that are still in unopened boxes today sitting in their garages. This is the media hype that they are putting on all of us. Why? It makes up for a slow news day, week and month.
 
If you take precautions that the Medical experts are telling us to do, for the most part you will be safe. Wash your hands, this is nothing new, we were told to do that from our parents as far back as we can remember when we were kids. Cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze into the bent elbow. Avoid sick people, use hand sanitizer when you can.
 
Most importantly, if you feel ill, stay home. Or call your doctor and get checked out. There is no vaccine for this COVID-19 virus. Stay at home and rest, this is all you can do for now. If you have some serious issues, having a hard time to breath, or coughing spells, fever, then by all means go get checked out at a hospital or at your Dr’s office.
 
The world is not coming to an end, plan accordingly and spend some time with your family. There will be no school for the kids or sports to watch on TV, no school programs, no little league, no soccer or church in some instances. Just think, you can spend time playing some board games together, eating dinners together. There is no reason you should be interrupted by all the busyness of life, since it’s been put on hold. It’s time to get to know your spouse, your kids, your family again. Talk, laugh enjoy each other’s presence now that you have time. If you have some home projects to do, well, guess what, you got the whole family to join and help you. Take advantage of this COVID-19 and use it to your advantage for reviving the life of your family or restoration of your marriage.
 
Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!
 
Please share this, let’s bring back helping each other instead of fighting one another.
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Show me That You Love Me! (6) By Dr Michael Brooks

Show me That You Love Me! (6) By Dr Michael Brooks

This week, I want to talk about physical touch, and how that can be an important love language if your spouse loves to touch. Can a marriage be built-up by knowing the five love languages? Absolutely. If you learn about the five love languages and how they can apply to your spouse and actually use them, you will see your marriage grow stronger and your communication improves.

Physical touch is so important in growing a long-lasting relationship

I ask this question at my seminars and when seeing clients at my office, “Who loves holding hands?” And I’ll ask my readers, do you? I know physical touch is important to so many of you. I know many couples who connect while driving to do errands or road trips and they will hold hands. Physical touch comes in many forms, a kiss, a pat on the back, hand-holding, giving a massage, arm in arm, leaning on each other, hugs, and physical intimacy. If you think about it, young children love being hugged by their mothers, that’s the way moms and babies connect.

Looking back, probably your first experience of a love language was physical touch by holding hands, remember how thrilling was that? Touching is good for the soul and your spirit. Most of us love being touched by our spouse.

People have many ways they touch and not necessarily in a spousal relationship. When you greet someone, the handshake is the most common. The hug can be used to comfort someone who is hurting or a greeting, the slap on the back for celebrating after doing something in sports or a big accomplishment. There are many physical touches in that sense, that still show we care.

Growing up, I saw my parents show their love towards each other every day my dad came home from work; mom would greet him with a kiss and hug every time he walked through the door. We kids would run and greet my dad as well, it was the way we all connected and that was by group hugs.

Now physical touch in marriage, that is key to letting your spouse know that you love and care about them. There are some marriages where physical intimacy is not possible. Age, injuries, disease, emotional issues, etc. There are other ways these people show their love to each other. Words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, and quality time. You should sit down with your spouse and talk about the physical needs each of you has. I know this can be difficult maybe even embarrassing as well, but it should be done.

Physical touch brings couples together in many different ways, there is emotional touching as well, getting to know each other on the communication side helps build a solid marriage, and the actual physical touching to connect that way. Both are important in my humble opinion. When a spouse is hurting for some reason, the other usually can tell something is going on, a hug can be a lifesaver and healing too. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, whatever it may be, physical touch can start the healing process. Be aware of all levels of physical touch and how important they can be to your spouse.

In closing, the Five Love Languages can build up a hurting marriage, or a marriage on the rocks, you just have to apply the Five Love languages to your marriage and each other. There is no reason why a bad marriage with poor communication, can’t be healed. Contact me if you need help, I’m here for you!

Would you like to build a better marriage and don’t know how? Do you want help in knowing how to be a better communicator and help your marriage grow? Do you need help in mastering the 5 Love languages and how applying them will help you build a stronger relationship? Do you need help in figuring out what your Five love languages are? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Show me That You Love Me! (5) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Show me That You Love Me! (5) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week, I want to go over acts of service, how important are acts of service for building up your spouse. Our marriages are built on being positive and building up our spouses’ self-esteem. Doing things for our spouse without asking is a great way to show your spouse how much you love them.

Our next love language is Acts of Service, that means doing something for your spouse, or they do something for you, without being asked. I have a friend who will make his wife coffee every morning without ever being asked. He doesn’t drink coffee but loves doing this for his wife. She thinks it’s great and feels closer to her husband because of this kind act. I believe this is a love language that most women would say they’d score high on. They love it when their husbands do something for them without being asked. I know husbands that will help clean the house, do the laundry, do grocery shopping, or take the kids to the park and play with them while his wife gets time for herself. You can start by asking your spouse, what is something I can do for you? Have them make a list of ten things that you can do for them over the next several weeks, and plan to make it happen. Here are some suggestions you may want to try for acts of service.

  • Does your spouse have outside chores that you can do, like cutting the grass, weed whacking, hauling trash to the curb?
  • What meals does your spouse like and hasn’t had it in some time?
  • Are there errands that you can do for your spouse that help lessen the load?
  • Can you fill their gas tank knowing that it’d save them time refuelling the car or truck?
  • Is there a favorite dessert you can pick up at the grocery store they’d like to have?

What are the acts of service that you can do for your spouse now? Think about the things they love and how you can surprise them by doing something they never expected. It’s amazing how the other reacts in total surprise. I know a lady whose husband worked 60 hours a week, he was exhausted when he came home most evenings. She decided to get a babysitter, make his favorite meal and take him to a movie. He loved it and never expected a relaxed time with his wife. That was very thoughtful and went a long way. Those kinds of acts of service aren’t difficult to put together, you just have to creative and make things happen. You need to plan ahead and set your plan in motion.

I watched my dad take care of my mom who had cancer, he made her breakfast, lunch and dinner, took her to all her Dr’s appointments, did the laundry, cleaned the house. He was a great role model for doing acts of service.

Would you like to build a better marriage and don’t know how? Do you want help in knowing how to be a better communicator and help your marriage grow? Do you need help in mastering the 5 Love languages and how applying them will help you build a stronger relationship? Do you need help in figuring out what your Five love languages are? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Show me That You Love Me! (4) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Show me That You Love Me! (4) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week, I want to go over the love language of receiving gifts and how gifts can be used for building up your spouse, if  gifts is his/her love language? For some spouses, gifts are very important no matter what the gift is, or the cost.

My mom loved receiving gifts from my dad; He was good about little gift surprises that my mom loved. I can remember when he’d bring home flowers, cards, jewlery. He was away a lot because of the military and these small tokens of his love went a long way to make my mom very happy! When he came home from long tours of duty my sister and I would get something special as well, like a toy or games. I think he knew we’d like a gift as well.

Many of you like simple gifts, and we’re not talking about a corvette or a 5-carat diamond ring. I’m talking about simple gifts. Flowers, books, CD’s, clothes, homemade I love you cards for her or him. And for him/her, ATV’s, hunting or fishing gear, maybe a nice boat. I’m just kidding here, but for him, maybe something like a gift card, or maybe you know of something he’d really Like. Gifts don’t have to be expensive, but meaningful. For some people, the gift of you being in their presence is a gift they want and need.

If you think about some of the videos on Facebook where you see families being reunited when a son or daughter comes home on leave from the military. The parents are getting the gift of their child coming home, and trust me, I’ve seen enough of these family reunions in our own family. Tears of happiness and joy are so evident for the mom and dad. Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes. Which gift does your spouse like or do you like? This may not be a high priority for some people, but I bet some of the people in your life do like receiving gifts.

Would you like to build a better marriage and don’t know how? Do you want help in knowing how to be a better communicator and help your marriage grow? Do you need help in mastering the 5 Love languages, and how applying them will help you build a stronger relationship? Do you need help in figuring out what your Five love languages are? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike, send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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