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5 Causes of Stress When You’ve Pulled Away From Society (and What to Do About It!)


Written by Gwen Payne


There are many reasons why households continue to stay separated from the rest of the world. Today, this often means someone has a compromised immune system, and limiting contact with others is crucial to their health. Whatever your reasons, it’s likely that your family has already experienced stress. If you’re looking for ways to reduce anxiety for your entire crew, keep reading today’s Salem For All blog for five of the most common causes of tension and tips on how to get through whatever may come.


Working Too Much


In 2020, many of us were suddenly thrust into work-at-home roles. While this no doubt helped mitigate the spread of the virus, it may have been a source of anxiety, especially for those of you in leadership roles. Managing employees, whether in person or remote, isn’t easy. Working too much can take a toll on your personal and professional life. ZenBusiness explains that around 45% of managers report that maintaining a work/life balance is one of the most stressful parts of their job. When you’re working at home, this can be exacerbated tenfold. Look for ways to set boundaries with your own superiors and subordinates. This might mean turning the phone off after business hours. You also have to set boundaries with yourself, which Today explains might mean creating new routines and habits to break old ones.


Not Enough Work


While a huge chunk of workers were able to take their jobs home, not everyone was so lucky. Many of us, especially in the restaurant and entertainment industry, have found that there’s simply not enough work to make enough money to pay our bills. You are likely already freelancing and doing side jobs, but there are other ways to make ends meet. You can start by looking for unemployment benefits in your state. You can also check Salem For All for information about discounted events, classes, and other opportunities that can give you a bit of respite from your financial worries.


No Outside Interactions


Social isolation is detrimental to your mental health. Behavioral health services Triangle Springs explains that it can cause sleep disruption, depression, and even PTSD. Even if you are maintaining a safe distance from others, you must cultivate your friend and family relationships. You can do this by video chatting or planning for safe, in-person interactions, such as a socially distant backyard barbecue, outdoor movie, or game night, using lawn games, such as cornhole and disk toss.




When you’re in the same place day in and day out, things tend to get monotonous quickly. Unfortunately, this can suck the joy right out of life. Don’t be shy about changing up your routine. If you typically wake up at 6 AM, sleep in on Tuesdays. Go for a jog before you start work for the day. Let someone else cook dinner sometimes. Whatever you choose to do, even if it’s just changing the time you do certain things, breaking your routines will help each day be more meaningful for your entire family.


Too Much Time Together


Even if you only live with one other person, when you spend all day and night with them seven days each week, you may get weary of their company. Unfortunately, this can cause fighting, especially between siblings. Since you are not quite ready to head back into the outside world, you’ll have to look for ways to space out at home. This might mean building a roof over your patio, adding a sunroom, or putting a hammock in the backyard. As cooler weather sets in, you might also want to invest in a fire pit or outdoor heater so that you can still spend time outdoors.


The stress of being separated from the rest of the world can weigh on you exponentially. But, it doesn’t have to. Look for your own personal stress triggers, and think of ways to eliminate them. A final tip: eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. These three simple actions will go a long way toward keeping your mind and body healthy until you are ready to reemerge once again.


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            Very happy  that the Oregon State Fair is here "Allmost!", again this year! We often are able to list discounts for Fair admission with different "Partners". Sorry to say not this year. Must say I've entered 5 jams, two folk art oil paintings, and Missy's White Fruitcake. It's a hobby and i have many blue ribbons.
               Former Board member and friend James Bennett had us check an offer for free tickets to museums in the area this Saturday. I checked with the Hallie Ford Music and since school is opening this week they are offering free admission until Sunday.

                We're listing an event from a member of the Salem Theatre Network, the Capitol City Theatre this week! They are located downtown on Liberty St. and offer many comedy and improv events, etc. Some are free, check their website for tickets!

                 The "Salem For All!"  website remains popular and well used. We are contacting strong leading organizations in the community for "Partnerships" and sponsorship. We believe the "Salem For All!" website can be developed in to a very strong community resource for "greater Salem's" "under served"!

                  We continue to work to "Partner" with the Stayton Community Food Bank!

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Michel's news



              We had another powerful DeMuniz Center Presentation today. Gerard Neely, of Salem Alliance Church and I engaged the inmates with "All!" kinds of "Opportunities" Salem Alliance and "greater Salem" offer them. It's no wonder that Salem Alliance is becoming a center of activity with the powerful sense of community they offer. Gerard told the inmates that 50 percent of what is received is put back into the community. Homes and jobs are things they know they clearly need and their spirits were buoyed when we spoke of Marion County's Homelessness Task Force. Finding a job is a huge task for a felon! We talked of building relationships by volunteering, developing resumes, and a community support groups.

              What truly moved them was when I said "Salem For All!" featured the Salem Public Library One Book, One Community project. When I told them about the book's true tale of refugee high school students be coached by some unique teachers and managing to beat the other teams , including MIT's, and win the underwater robotics competition. They  were enthralled. I believe that is a profound and innate dream for us "All!" find someone to lift us from a difficult circumstances and help us win. The inmates were touched. It moved them that "greater Salem" would offer such a great "Opportunity" for free. Also when they heard of the quality of some of our community's great music events, eg., St. Paul's Episcopal Church's Evensong presentation of the  Tallis Scholars in April they were similarly moved with interest!!!!

              This weekend's "Salem For All!"/ACMP Music Play-Ins is going well in it's planing stages. We had one inquiry from " a advanced pianist, with an enormous collection of chamber music" that was interested. The quality of our talent this weekend in "greater Salem" should be very high. From the Camerata Ensemble's string players at the Bush Barn , to Maria Bulkow and local folk musicians, with Paul Toews poems and stories about the Northwest,  at the Charles and Martha Brown House in Stayton, to African drumbeats and bagpipe music at the Woodland Chapel. Treats will be provided for this afternoon of music and community.

                 I believe Jennifer Clake, executive director of the ACMP, and one of the people responsible for this weekends performance of great chamber music around the world, is quite pleased with our "proud and varied" Play-Ins in "greater Salem". I've gotten several very kind e-mails from her in her office on Broadway in New York City!!!! She's looking forward to "seeing the photographs"!

                                                  Opportunity of the Week!

              There's a style of  music for everyone!!!
                  A chamber music play-in will take place Saturday, March 4 from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm at the Salem Art Association's  Bush Barn Gallery upstairs in the Bush Barn. Local chamber musicians and members of the Camerata Ensemble will perform in an informal gathering of musicians. Come see how chamber music is made.
                  Bring an instrument and join in.

                   Treats will be provided.

                                        In Stayton by the canyon.

                                           At the Woodland Chapel on High St.


               Also, Sunday, "Salem For All!" "Partner" Camerata Musica is having a concert at the Louck's Auditorium at the Salem Public Library

Cary Lewis brings us yet another
exciting, offbeat concert


2:30 PM, Sunday, March 5


  • Louis DeMartino, clarinet
  • Adam Trussell, bassoon
  • Cary Lewis, piano


  • Variations in G minor (1894) - William Y. Hurlstone (1876-1906)


  • Trio Pathétique in D minor - Michael Glinka (1804-1857)
    • Allegro moderato
    • Scherzo. Vivacissimo
    • Largo
    • Allegro con spirito


  • Trio in E flat major, Op. 38 - Beethoven
    • Adagio--Allegro co brio
    • Adagio cantabile
    • Tempo di Menuetto
    • Tema con Variazioni
    • Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
    • Andante con moto---Presto


Many thanks!

Michael D. Mann
"Salem For All!"
Building Community with Opportunity

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Summer Camp for kids!


                                It's an amazing powerful experience to sit in a room with 14 women who have just been released from prison and now are in jail  to finish their time  and try to persuade them in some way to change their lives. To see them at first sit there and smirk and lean back in their chairs and then once the presentation starts become engaged, lean forward, and become involved. This hour long presentation might be considered a metaphor of what the DeMuniz Resource Center is working to have these women accomplish. Again, it is very powerful to be involved in trying to enable these women to tip the scales in their lives from antisocial living to positive "Opportunity" and productivity. 

                                  They were interested! They asked Yvonne Putsey, Matt Husinger, and me many questions and gratefully thanked us at the end of the presentation. Jack Tally, of the DeMuniz, calls it transformational psychology, and if you ask me helping convicted people  change their lives instead of just locking them up is one of the great discoveries of the 21st century.  DeMuniz is having successes at it, so it can work. What great potential is there to unlock!!!!

                               "Other News",

                                                1. We have a wonderful new "Partner" Young Musicians and Artists Inc., the Northwest's premier summer music and arts camp. It's an excellent program that's been around for 50 years and offers "All!" young talent scholarships, if they and their families  have limited financial means. It's held on campus at Willamette University.

                                                2. The Associated Chamber Music Players inspired Play-In is taking shape. Due to our abilities and resources we changed the format a bit and the Chamber Players will be hosted at the Salem Art Associations Bush Barn or Annex, we will have folk music at the Charles and Martha Brown House in Stayton and World Music at Woodland Chapel. This will be the weekend of March 4th  and 5th. Admission for the event at "All!" venues will be free! And this will be advertised to "underserved" people. OfficeMax is providing posters for the event.

                                                 3. For the month of January 2017 our Drupal statistics page has displayed some amazing statistics for the "Salem For All!" website!- 1960 unique visitors and 3,733 visits those are fabulous results and we hope they truly reflect interest in our "Opportunities' and not shoddy statistic keeping by Drupal. They are exciting though!!!!

                                                  4. Facebook page has 480 Likes through this week.

                                                   5. Many thanks to George Struble and Mark Babson, both accomplished musicians, who have been helping us  recruit local musicians for the Play-Ins.


                    "Opportunity of the Week!"

            Great Music and Art Summer Camp for Kids! -                    YMA 

         See them on the "Salem For All!" website.




All are welcome at YMA


worldYoung Musicians & Artists is committed to providing more equitable access to arts education. Through financial aid programs, community partnerships, diversity training, and recruitment efforts, each summer we create a safe, inclusive, and accessible experience for our entire YMA community.


But the YMA experience goes beyond that. When we say "All are welcome here," we really mean it. This beautiful community includes students, staff, supporters and alumni of so many different backgrounds, races, colors, religions, political beliefs, creeds, genders, gender expressions, ages, national origins, ancestries, disabilities, marital statuses, sexual orientations, and military statuses. Everyone's uniqueness enriches all of our lives.


We love you all. Our doors are open; anyone who chooses to walk through them will always have a home here.




Featured Program: Songwriting



Songwriting is always one of YMA's most popular programs, and when you hear the incredible music these students create and perform, it's easy to see why!


Download the 2016 Songwriting class's album for free today by clicking here, and prepare to have your mind blown!


Led by experienced composer, performer and educator Dana Libonati, students learn the basic techniques and skills used in writing music and lyrics for their own popular songs. In addition to performing during the Performance Showcase toward the end of the camp session, they also have the opportunity to record their songs and can take part in one of the many talent shows at YMA. Songwriting students should be able to play basic chords on the piano and/or guitar.

This is one of our most popular programs and space is limited, so sign up today and reserve your place before it's full! Just head over to to register.



Community Spotlight: Salem for All!


            Many thanks!

            Michael D. Mann
            "Salem For All!"
             Building Community with Opportunity

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Michael's news for All!


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Dear Friends

1/2/2017 Dear Friends,

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ABOUT Salem For All!

“Salem For All!” consists of a group of interested citizens and a coalition of participating organizations in the community of Salem. Our goal is to make opportunities for personal fulfillment available to “All!”, and build a strong fellowship among all citizens of Salem.