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Posts tagged with 'self-care'

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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A life lived with fat—my health journey

As a writer for CaringBridge, I try to be an Amplifier in all that I do for my day-to-day work activities. I find it so rewarding to play a part in supporting people facing any health condition—whether big or small, acute or long term—and those who care for them. However, I knew there was more I could offer you by […]

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Top 3 reasons why I’m a martyr…not a caregiver

Why do I refuse to fall into the category called “CAREGIVER?” There are several reasons I never want to be a caregiver. I started collecting them over a decade ago when I first encountered the term. This list wasn’t a conscious effort, it was born out of a cringing response to brochures and advice handed to me with the challenges […]

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