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Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Relief

Here are some meditation myths: you need at least an hour, an abundance of floor pillows, an affinity for incense, and a private guru to guide you. The truth: As little as 15 minutes a day of simple relaxation techniques help you achieve increased immunity, emotional balance, lower blood pressure, decreased stress and inflammation, and a sense of calm. Science […]

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Facing a Scary Diagnosis with Positivity and Love

Heather and Michael’s second pregnancy in 2008 had been fairly normal; nothing had been flagged as worrisome as the due date arrived. Within minutes of giving birth to baby Lilly, however, both Michael and Heather knew something was wrong. That first hour proved to be critical. The infant was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and taken into […]

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Six Ways to Find Time For Yourself

When you get on an airplane, you hear the drill: In case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask, then help others. “I probably use that analogy in every class I teach,” says Jenny West, Caregiver Support Community Educator at Family Means in Stillwater, Minnesota. “You have to be at 100 percent to give 100 percent.” Here, West provides […]

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Keeping Your Job While Caregiving

Caregiving can often be uncharted waters. Add in the juggle of a day job, and it can feel downright impossible to navigate. What to do when an unpredictable, important personal situation and the need for a paycheck and professional outlet collide? Leanna Smith at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in St. Paul, Minn., says the solution usually starts by […]

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“Caring Messages” Card Contest

Every day, people in need lean on the caregivers who tirelessly help them through tough times. To celebrate and support these personal heroes during National Family Caregiver Month, CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards, Inc. are kicking off the “Caring Messages” card contest. Participants can draw on their personal experiences to write a message of love and support for a caregiver or […]

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