Can you dedicate a few minutes a day to your own mental health? Restorative and preventative self-care for clinicians and other stressed professionals begins with slowing down for a few deep breaths. Take time out to breathe. Source: Kirsten Bradbury With an active career and a full family life, my days have plenty of hustle and bustle. We’re all so busy these days! There are always more things for us to do than we can get done, and it seems we are all in search of more productive days and more restorative nights. I’m always looking for better ways to embrace the chaos and ride through life mindfully! Here’s an idea worth considering: Can you dedicate a few minutes each day to the purpose of improving or protecting your mental health? Just a few minutes. Whether it’s improved sleep, better motivation, or just a little peace of mind you’re looking for, even a few minutes a day dedicated deliberately to mind-body activities can nurture positive mental … [Read more...] about Can Your Day Use Some Breathing Room?
Source: Photo: Pixabay from Pexels Why are we talking about self-care and divorce? Self-care has become a buzzword. There are hundreds of websites, articles, and books on the subject. A whole industry has grown around the idea of self-care, promoting spas, travel, indulgences of food, or even hair coloring. Much in this new industry is frivolous and misleading, but it targets a serious and pervasive problem. The problem is that we all live fast-paced, hectic, stressful lives with pressures at work and home. We exhaust ourselves caring for others while we neglect ourselves. Our relentless pursuit of material success or recognition drives us into competitive behaviors that can isolate us from sources of emotional support. Whether it is a struggle to get ahead or a struggle simply to survive, we are either unaware of or ignoring our own emotional and physical depletion. When we have a loss, separation, or divorce, the problem gets much worse. Someone had to name the problem and … [Read more...] about How Did Self-Care Get Co-opted by Big Business?
Source: Rawpixels/Shutterstock As a caregiver, you have a unique set of needs and great strengths that help you navigate your journey. Caregivers face a constantly evolving role that changes with the health and needs of your loved one. You may deal with false and/or real expectations and feel a roller coaster of emotions associated with them. Being a caregiver is a long journey, often with unforeseen and unique barriers. As such, self-care is essential to your health and wellbeing as well as that of your loved one. When most people think of self-care, they think of exercise and eating well. Those are two important topics, but the core of wellbeing comes from how you feel about yourself, your life and your relationships. Your Sense of Self Who you are at your deepest level includes the thoughts, feelings and wishes that come from the mind. It also includes your spiritual life and having a sense of meaning or purpose. Those caring for a loved one can lose that sense of self. Even as … [Read more...] about How to Make the Most Out of Your Role as a Caregiver
There's been a lot of talk about "self-care" lately. What is it, and how can it help you? 1. Self-care is about looking out for Number One. The idea behind self-care is that if you don't take care of your needs first, you can't effectively help others. (See my "Me Before Mommy" article about the necessity of putting your self-care first when you have kids.) Think of when you are on an airplane. The flight attendants tell you that in the event of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on before helping others. The same concept applies to mental health. 2. Proactive self-care is better than reactive self-care. When you are proactive about your self-care, you regularly build in times in your schedule to take care of yourself, instead of waiting until you are burned out or stressed out. When you wait until a crisis to kick in your self-care, this is called reactive self-care. When you practice … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Good Self-Care
Source: Kelly Bulkeley A new study suggests that people who are experienced meditators have dreams that differ in at least two interesting ways from non-meditators. The study was conducted by Elizaveta Solomonova, Tore Nielsen, and their colleagues at the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory at the Université de Montréal. Their findings shed new light on the interactions between meditation and dreaming consciousness. The results appear in the latest issue of the journal Dreaming (volume 28, number 2, pp. 99-121). Twenty-two people (11 male, 11 female) with training in Vipassana meditation were given a procedural learning task, and then slept for a daytime nap in the laboratory. Their dreams at sleep onset and upon awakening were gathered, and they were given a follow-up test on the procedural learning task. The same protocol was used with a control group of 20 people (ten male, ten female) who were not active meditators. The researchers found many more … [Read more...] about Meditation and Dreaming