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Month: October 2016

Caregiver Ten Commandments

Caregiver Ten Commandments

I came across these Ten Commandments for Caregivers online.  The author is listed as unknown.  However, I felt that it was important to share with you dear readers. Caregiver Ten Commandments –Unknown I       Thou Shalt not be perfect or even try to be. II     Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people III    Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone IV    Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin V     Thou shalt learn to say “NO” VI   …

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What is Mental Wellness?

What is Mental Wellness?

When I was in an abusive relationship my mental wellness was in a very dangerous place.  There was so much stress and emotional upheaval that my mind had a difficult time processing the rate at which events and situations changed.  This enhanced other disorders such as binge eating, anxiety attacks, and depression. Since leaving this situation I’ve worked hard to find and maintain mental wellness and am thankful that I am a much stronger person today.  However, that does not…

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7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

Caregiving can be exhausting and we all need a break.  There is no way a person can be a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days.  If so they will become very isolated and depressed. But, when you live on a budget, where do you find caregivers to help without breaking the bank? Siblings—ask your siblings to step up to the plate and help out. Every family is different and depending on how many siblings…

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What is Emotional Wellness?

What is Emotional Wellness?

Emotional wellness is a part of wellness that previous generations used to “push under the rug”. Often it is difficult to understand why we feel the way we do about something.  This often means we have to dig deep and keep digging to get to the root of an issue or problem. There are can both positive and negative feelings, but understanding our triggers or why we feel that way helps us to better understand ourselves and needs. For those…

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7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

As a caregiver, often one can feel isolated and cut off from society.  You discover you need time for yourself and a break from caregiving. So what are some ways to reconnect with society and friends while also helping yourself? Go out to lunch or a cup of coffee with a friend—having time with a friend is much needed and is a great break from your duties, as well as catching up with others. Have a shopping date with a…

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What is Physical Wellness?

What is Physical Wellness?

Physical wellness is one of the most talked about aspects we discuss in our society. Every one wants to look like the super models on the cover of magazines. Here at The Wellness Life, we are not concerned with looking like a supermodel.  However, we are concerned with being physically fit.  The goal is to have a healthy body from the inside out. This means learning to exercise and gain strength, eating nutritionally rich foods, being in comparitively good health…

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7 Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group

7 Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group

Caregiving is stressful.  Each caregiver deals with the stress in different ways, but the one thing that is evident is that it takes a toil on the mind, spirit and often even the body. As an Activities Director I see this stress in a variety of different ways every day. So I searched for an answer and decided to start a support group. What are the benefits of a support group? A listening ear—we all need to vent and get…

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