Sleep

with Deanna Smith. Published previously in the Port Planet, January 2009 Most adults need eight hours of sleep to function well.  Many may think they can get by on less, but actually less than 10% of the population can do this.  If you are sleepy at bedtime, and are not sleepy during the day, you …

Four challenges to recovering from family caregiving

Does this sound like your story? You have been taking care of your loved one. She may be experiencing dementia, heart disease, a traumatic accident, cancer, or a combination of chronic illness and decreased mobility related to aging. Most of your time, thoughts, and resources have focused on your her needs. Possibly you have given …

What Healthcare Doesn’t Know About Recovering After Family Caregiving

When my time as a family caregiver came to an end, I started searching for a solution in my favorite healthcare journals. Nothing. Expanding my search, I checked scholarly article search engines, Pub Med, and more. Very little. Becoming a bit desperate, I did a general internet search. There I found an abundance of blogs …

Key points pertaining to the transitional life phase of family caregiver recovery

“My friends want me to go out with them, I need to find a job, and my home is a disaster. It’s been 6 months since my partner passed on. I was so busy taking care of him, lots of things just didn’t get done. I’m far behind on home maintenance, car maintenance, my own …

Integrating drumming and other contemplative practices

"When the drum stops, the stillness is palpable. Somehow with less sensory stimulation, we are more alert, more present, more in touch with our surroundings. And certainly more resilient to the overload of sensory stimulation that awaits us, ‘out there.’ "   – A contemplative drummer Although the general public might not consider drumming to be …

Six Ways to Get Centered, When Chaos Surrounds You

When spinning out of control, instinct guides you to grab onto whatever you can use to control the situation.  Why doesn’t this work? Well, controlling medical emergencies, workplace distress, current events, family drama, weather disasters, traffic jams, and the behavior of friends and colleagues just isn’t possible. There is so little you can actually control. …

Labyrinths of Love

“Be careful – watch for the others walking the labyrinth!” cautioned the mom of two preschoolers scampering across the labyrinth paths. It was a very large classic 7 circuit labyrinth  and the boys had been careful thus far. Truly I was enjoying their energy as they collected and arranged the fallen flowers found on the …