Tanya Ruckstuhl Valenti, LICSW

Self-Care and Emotional Well-Being

“Self-Care and Emotional Well-being”
By Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti LICSW, MSW

But the results of these lessons are beautiful, and now our garden gives us a view, flowers, and an outdoor space to enjoy.


You, like any self-respecting Northwest garden have a number of needs that may not be obvious but are just as vital for your lifelong wellbeing.


Fresh air, exercise, nourishing food, time spent with people you enjoy, the opportunity to learn new things and to make a contribution to the world are all as important as water and sunlight and healthy soil is for plants.

In the rush and dash of daily living, it is easy to get caught up in the “gotta do” cycle, where our waking hours are consumed with work, parenting, cooking, cleaning, putting out the trash and paying the bills, and finally falling into an exhausted heap in front of your television for a few hours of escape before sleep.


The problem with this type of life is that it is unsatisfying, repetitive, and actually dangerous for your sense of wellbeing. The soul, or the authentic self, craves and thrives on variety, beauty, growth, novelty, creative exploration, and mystery.


While a good movie or television show might offer some of these things, the danger of television is that it is used over and over again, like a drug, for escape from the drudgery of day to day living, instead of being used once in a while as a planned experience, like having a friend to dinner or going out dancing.


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