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Caregiving: How long can I do this?

When was the last time you listened to birds singing? Or noticed tree leaf buds bursting open on a spring day? Or enjoyed the laughter of children? Can’t remember? That may mean you’re caring too much for other people and cheating yourself out of living your life. You also may be cheating yourself out of your health. Caregiving can be […]

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Getting To the Realities of Stress — How Journaling Can Help

If you’ve never been stressed, you’re a rare human being indeed. Caregivers, with all you do, know this well. So in this post, I’ll help you define what stress is, learn how to identify it in your life, and give you a few suggestions to manage it. I’ll start by sharing two insights: If you don’t identify the problem, you […]

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Pressed for Time? Here’s How Busy Caregivers can Eat Healthier

Pressed for time? Here’s How Busy Caregivers can Eat to Reach Good Health. Eating healthy food is important to maintaining your energy and well-being, especially when you’re taking care of others. Sometimes the world feels like a fast-paced rat race. Between your morning routine, job, family, and taking care of the loved ones in your life, planning meals and snacks […]

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Stories of illness and the capacity to empower, inspire, and heal

I am a fiction writer and educator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I teach at the Loft Literary Center, a nonprofit organization offering writing classes. I first became interested in the topic of healing when I heard an interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee. He commented on the relationship between narrative and illness. In his book The Emperor of All Maladies, he […]

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I can’t know exactly how you feel, but I’m willing to hear about it

People who have gone through a health event understand that their challenging and life-altering experiences can also be instructive. The experiences people have and the lessons they learn are different for every individual. And we can’t know how people really feel during these difficult times — we can only imagine it based on how we feel or have felt. That […]

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