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Apply the Oxygen Mask

by Senior Care Society on 01/30/2014 - 04:58 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

With a renewed commitment to self it is possible to recharge your caregiving energy now and save your own life in the process. Think about it this way. Before an airplane takes off, the flight attendant shares emergency instructions. One of the primary directions is that when the oxygen masks drop overhead, it is vital for parents to place them on themselves before applying to the children. Otherwise, they run the risk of passing out which could lead to death for boththe parent and child. The same principle applies to effective caregiving. Apply the oxygen mask first to yourself and then apply it to your loved one. 
 
One of the key ways that you can do this is to share with your ...

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Brrr. It's cold! And, I lost heat.

by Senior Care Society on 01/28/2014 - 10:36 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

Less than a week after my return from San Diego, the winter blues almost claimed me. I was struck with a bad streak of home ownership karma that accompanied a blizzard that left 15 inches of snow on the ground.
 
Three home issues suddenly arose that were not directly related to the storm. First, I had a significant water leak into my kitchen from an upstairs bathroom.  The next day, my refrigerator started to croak, and at about midnight that night my furnace stopped working. It got down to about zero degrees outside so it quickly got cold in my house.  I ended up putting on several layers of clothing and waited for a call back from the heating service company I use.
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The Importance of Light

by Senior Care Society on 01/28/2014 - 12:49 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

I just returned from a wonderful business trip to sunny and warm San Diego. Each and every day I got out and enjoyed walks under bright sun and crystal blue skies.  I took an extra few days for fun and captured the photo above while on a sightseeing boat cruise.
 
After I returned home to New England, my body instantly became exhausted and heavy under the weight of cold, cloudy, foggy, and wet weather. In fact, it is snowing giant snow flakes as I am writing this tip while sipping some delicious hot cocoa.
 
I realize now more than ever the energy that I get from sunlight. During my four years of service as the primary caregiver for my parents, I stayed grounded in Ne ...

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Meditation Can Fuel Your Energy

by Senior Care Society on 08/13/2013 - 10:32 pm
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

Think about the caregiving activities, tasks, and responsibilities that you pack into a single day. Can you check them off with ease, or are you feeling sapped of energy by mid-day?  Perhaps you are still waiting for your morning coffee to kick in and it never feels like it does.
 
If sustained energy is your goal, meditation may be a tool you'll want to keep close at hand. The key is developing a calm and peaceful state of consciousness that allows you to conserve energy that may otherwise be drained during the day. 
 
Until several years ago, meditation was not an activity that resonated with me.  I had difficulty engaging in an activity that I believed was a w ...

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You Deserve to Love Yourself

by Senior Care Society on 08/12/2013 - 06:05 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

When was the last time you walked up to a mirror, looked into your eyes, and said, "I love you?"  I know this sounds like a weird question.  Perhaps you have never done it.  In fact, the thought of saying and believing that you love yourself with all of your heart might make you feel uncomfortable. It was for me the first time I gave myself a full self-love moment.  
 
Why are we so uncomfortable with loving ourselves?  Don't you hope that the people you care about love themselves?  If we lived in a world that promoted messages of self-love and encouraged people to do so openly, what would the world be like?
 
Self-love is very powerful.  By s ...

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Remember to Drink

by Senior Care Society on 07/30/2013 - 09:46 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

No, I am not talking about booze.  Yet, relaxing with a yummy tropical drink (even one without alcohol) can be very refreshing and satisfying during a warm summer day.  The drink reminder has to do with the risk of dehydration, especially during the warmest months of the year.
 
Next to oxygen, water is the nutrient most needed for life. In the body, water acts as a solvent, coolant, lubricant, and transport agent. It's needed to regulate body temperature, carry nutrients, remove toxins and waste materials, and provide the medium in which all cellular chemical reactions take place.  Water serves as one of our greatest fuels for energy.
 
Some people with dis ...

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Declare Your Independence

by Senior Care Society on 07/03/2013 - 04:01 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

In the United States, we are a day away from the 4th of July, which is the celebration of the founding of our nation and FREEDOM.  Even if you do not live in the U.S., I am sending a wish for all caregivers to declare independence from the tyranny of "stinkin' thinkin'."  

When you declare your independence from the negative thoughts and self-doubts that run through your mind, you can live your life more fully.  You are a caregiver and a rock of strength for those who depend on you.  During this time of celebrating independence, take time to celebrate you and make plans over the coming days to try something new and experience the brilliance you bring to the world.

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Put Something Fun in Your Calendar an...

by Senior Care Society on 06/12/2013 - 06:10 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

Our calendars tend to be filled with appointments, meetings, and other household/work related activities.  We also tend to add loved one or client social and recreational activities to our calendars as we remain focused on keeping them active and engaged.
 
On the other hand, caregivers can go for multiple weeks without participating in a preferred activity themselves.  No wonder why it is so difficult and sometimes depressing when starting a new week.  
 
Even when caregivers do manage to schedule and participate in an activity of choice for themselves they can often be filled with guilt. I can remember a number of times during my caregiving journey with my pare ...

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A Moment of Reflection

by Senior Care Society on 05/29/2013 - 04:00 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

If you live in the United States, the Memorial Day Weekend has now passed. I hope you and your family enjoyed an amazing holiday as you reflected on the sacrifices made by our heroes in uniform to preserve our freedom.

I spent a wonderful and relaxing weekend with great friends and family members.  And, I thoroughly enjoyed peeking at the many social media posts by friends who sent messages of admiration and love to those who have served and sacrificed.  As I personally reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day, I sent my own message which I will take a moment to share here.  

"As we celebrate Memorial Day, let's also remember the caregivers who are serving and thos ...

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Summer Barbecue Season is Coming

by Senior Care Society on 05/22/2013 - 02:53 am
Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders... 

Summer time offers welcome opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family members.  For those who live in cold weather climates, it can feel liberating to come out from hibernation and enjoy some warm sunshine, a dip in a refreshing pool, and the first burger (or veggie burger) of the season.

Underneath the surface of joy and smiles, caregivers may be experiencing emotional pain and exhaustion for all that they have been dealing with over the past months.  However, when greeted by friends and family members at the summer cookouts and asked how they are doing, caregivers will usually give the typ ...

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