• 8 Ways to Help Your Loved One Sleep

    8 Ways to Help Your Loved One Sleep Just as sleep is essential for us, the caregivers, it is also essential to our care receivers. Their brain needs time to process, reset, clear, and rest more than ours. This is mainly due to the fact that their brain has to work 3-4 times harder than ours. We remember where we are, who we are, who others are, and more that they do not.   Following are 8 things to try to assist in the sleep process:   Cut down on caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola)  and nicotine during the day, but especially several hours before bedtime. Caffeine can have a pronounced…

  • Eliminate Limiting Beliefs and reduce your stress

    There are some very effective brain hacks that you can use for stress management. You need to retrain your brain to react in a different way to stress triggers. This will take time and consistent effort but you can do it. In this article, we will discuss three of the most powerful brain hacks you can use to reduce and control your stress. Identify Limiting Beliefs and replace them We all have some limiting beliefs stored away in our subconscious minds. Some of these have been there for a long time. Many of us created these limiting beliefs when we were children. Kids are often told many negative things by…

  • 5 Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout

    5 Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout   We all feel stressed from time to time. In fact, small amounts of stress are beneficial as they may help us to stay alert and focused. Long or intense periods of stress, however, can be extremely hard on your physical and mental health. If you’re a caregiver, as the disease progresses, the needs of the care recipient increase and the isolation of the caregiver can intensify. Feelings of loneliness, depression, and sadness are common. There are steps we can take to reduce these damaging side effects but before we get into those, let's get a few things straight. You are doing a wonderful…

  • Is it just me?

    Is it just me or do you sometimes feel anxious too? Most of us are caregivers, which is an extremely stressful job by itself. Yet, many are working a regular job while caregiving, and raising kids!! It’s called the sandwich generation, but I think at least at times, it could be called the pressure cooker generation! How can we manage the stress of all the events in our home, when added to the community, state, nation, and now the craziness of the world?I have some tips for you.   First, we must recognize we aren’t alone. No situation is totally unique. Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. today are…

  • How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal on the state of mental health in Americans. You’ve been limited in how you can celebrate birthdays, graduations, and weddings. You’ve seen loved ones hooked up to a ventilator fighting for their lives. You’ve got an entire hygienic routine every time you leave the house: Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and repeat. Here’s what you can do to protect your mental health during this ongoing pandemic. Get Some Exercise You don’t have to go to the gym to stay in shape. There are actually plenty of exercises and routines that you can do from the comfort of your own…

  • 5 Selfcare mistakes you’re probably making

    If you’re a caregiver like me, I can sometimes be so focused on meeting my loved ones needs that I let my own slip. With mom, I evaluate everything to be sure it’s the healthiest and best choice for her. Yet, when it comes to my own care, I tend to operate more on autopilot without evaluating in light of updated health information. If I’m totally honest, sometimes I’ve used all my energy on her needs, so I do whatever is quick and easy for myself. Can you relate? If not, good for you! But, if you’re like most caregivers I know, this is a familiar pattern. Some are better…

  • New Year means a Fresh Start

    First Quarter Journaling Tips and Ideas With the start of the year, comes that feeling of new beginnings and starting over in whatever area of your life you feel needs improving. This also means focusing on the first quarter. Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, the first three months of the year are important. Here are some ideas for what to journal about in the first quarter of the year.   What Do You Want to Get Done During the First Quarter? To make it simple, start with figuring out what you want to get done before the first quarter ends. So, think about what…

  • Adopting a Don’t Quit Mentality

    Giving up is easy and that is why most people do it. Winners know that quitting is never an option and that is why they keep winning. How many times have you given up on something you truly wanted? Was it worth it? Giving up on your dreams is one mistake you never want to make. People who made history and people who are currently making history are those who refuse to quit. Therefore, if you want to make a difference in the world learn to always stick it out. No matter how impossible the conditions you find yourself in, no matter how many times you struggle, never give up.…

  • Tips for Getting Through the Holiday Season After Loss

    photo by Pixabay We expect to spend time with our loved ones during the holiday season. But when the person we want to see most has died, the pain can seem unbearable. That doesn’t mean you won’t get through it, though. Courtesy of The Purple Vine, here are some ways to honor the person you lost while still living your own life to the fullest -- just like the departed would want you to.   Accept Your Grief and Honor the Departed  First, don’t pretend it didn’t happen. Pretending that everything is fine will only prolong the grief and make it feel like you’ve forgotten the person. If you need…

  • Staying in My Home Through Retirement

    Some believe when we retire, we must move somewhere else. While that is true for many, it’s not true for everyone. Is there a way you can be safe, healthy, and happy while still living in your own home? For many, the answer is “yes”! There are many factors to consider and questions to be answered. Here are a few: How is your health? Do you require assistance performing daily tasks? This does not mean you have to move. It does mean you will need to do some research to see what’s available in your particular area. For example: what agencies are available to assist you? There are a variety…

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