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Image: Mindfulness 101

Breathing in and out. Seems so simple. Mindfulness is about being “in the present,” “single-tasking,” and focusing on the simplest thing – like your breath, your surroundings, or even your big toe! It is taking your mind and putting it fully in the present moment with focus and when it wanders into thoughts about last night’s argument or tomorrow’s bills, just brining your focus and attention back to a moment – this moment.   Read More...


Image: New Year, New You: Embracing Sobriety and Positivity

As the new year begins, many people are making resolutions. For those who have struggled with addiction, now is a good time to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Sobriety can be an enormous challenge, particularly in a society that makes light of alcohol abuse. However, it is fully possible to live a well-rounded, happy life without the use of substances. If you want to begin your sober life this year, here are a few tips for embracing a new, healthier you.   Read More...


Image: Fountain of Youth for the Mind Researchers have examined Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and age-related cognitive decline. What they found is that what is good for the body is also good for the mind and there are some other things we can do just for the mind!   Read More...

Image: Strategy for Starting a New Exercise Program

Well, it is the new year – you know what that means?  It means a renewed sense that maybe we should take better care of our health.  It is rare to find a discussion about health or disease prevention that does not include getting some form of exercise.  While there are many ways to get healthy – like eating right, staying connected to others, being in the present, finding meaning, etc. - exercise seems like the most common and obvious path to improved health.

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Image: Managing Priorities for Working Caregivers

Caregivers often struggle during the holidays and throughout the year with maintaining a sense of priority.  It is hard when there are so many immediate needs in front of you to know what is truly the most important to take care of.
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Image: Caregiving During the Holidays

This is a joyous season filled with excitement and bustling activity. It is a time of indulgence, parties, abundance, gifts, spending, and fun.   But, what if you are an overwhelmed caregiver?  Times like this can be a little hard when it seems that everyone else is in holiday mode.  Like the song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” there is a season and a time for everything.  When life is less like a Hallmark movie and more like a chaotic series of chores, it can feel depressing that we are not in the groove with the spirit of the holiday season.   Read More...


Image: How are YOU doing?

As a caregiver attending to the needs of elderly or disabled loved ones, you may sacrifice your own physical and emotional needs. You can tell this is happening when feelings of exhaustion, stress, isolation, and guilt take over. All of this puts our own health at an increased risk. If you have not yet recognized these feelings, check in with yourself: Are you suffering from headaches, sleepless nights, weight gain, or depression? This emotional roller coaster can even cause excessive use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.   Read More...


Image: Coping with Interpersonal Stress

 “Stress Kills” was the bumper sticker from the 80s! And it is true. Some research puts it up there with smoking as a major cause of chronic and fatal diseases. While our ancestors had lions, tigers and bears to worry about, today, we often feel stressed because of other people one way or another.   Read More...


Image: Playing Your Cards Well for a Better Life

 In life, we are given a set of situations, gifts, challenges, and tasks.  Just like in cards, we have to decide how to play what we are dealt. We may get a seemingly “good” or “bad” hand – depending on your viewpoint. But, also just like cards, we have strategic choices to make our lives the best they can possibly be.   Read More...


Image: Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

What does this quote mean? Kennedy may have been talking about showing our thanks to others through our actions - which is certainly a form of gratitude. But, acting on gratitude may also mean that instead of just paying lip service to the idea that we are grateful for the things and people in our lives, we actually take an active approach to practicing gratitude on a daily basis.   Read More...

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