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On behalf of ElderCaring, I am sending out a big “thank you” to the readers of this blog for your past loyalty. I am in the process of shifting gears (back to what I know best and love doing, marketing and advertising). So, as much as I’ve enjoyed serving the Elder and Caregivers market, I’ll no longer be able to support this blog with new material.
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all my best,
Karen A. Cameron
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From Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest book, “Spontaneous Happiness,” come his five tips for modern life.
- Mindfulness training is an excellent way to develop your powers of attention and concentration. Try to bring more of your awareness to the present moment.
- Sleep in complete darkness, and try to be out in bright light during the day.
- We humans are special animals. Reach out to others. Make social interaction a priority. It is a powerful safeguard of emotional well-being.
- Avoid or neutralize (as with noise-cancelling headphones) disturbing sounds. Choose to listen to sounds that have positive effects on your moods (including sounds of nature). Also, try to cultivate silence.
- Information overload is inimical to focused attention. Set limits on the amount of time you spend on the computer, with email, on the phone.
We all could use a break now and then from the tech devices that have become ubiquitous in our lives. Try to take even a half hour a day to meditate, walk in nature, or otherwise step away from the bombardment of chaotic communications. It just may lighten your mood and improve your outlook.
all my best,
Did you know that 90% of Americans are sensitive to MSG? Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to many processed foods to enhance the flavor. But the neuron-overstimulating excitotoxin can cause sluggishness, headaches, pain, depression and other problems. In one study, 90 percent of people who consumed 10 grams of MSG experienced symptoms like light-headedness and tingling in the face within 20 minutes.
Most people think that a little flavor enhancer is harmless so they fail to connect MSG to symptoms they are experiencing. People who are sensitive to the chemical can have problems even if they’ve only consumed a small amount in a salad dressing or tortilla chips, for example. Symptoms of MSG sensitivity can mimic those of fibromyalgia and can intensify pain, fatigue and other problems, especially for women.
To thwart the process of MSG exciting receptors on brain cells, which can cause fatigue, muscle twitches and foggy thinking, Dr. Hyman (author of “Nutritional Medicine”) suggests having 5 to 9 daily servings of fruit and veggies. This he says prevents the overproduction of damaging oxidants in the brain.
I think avoiding MSG is the best solution. But, the chemical can lurk insidiously in our processed foods. Since MSG is technically a natural substance, it can be present in so-called “natural” products. MSG can be called a number of things including “yeast extract,” “calcium caseinate,” gelatin” and “textured protein” or simply grouped into “flavoring” or “spices” on food labels. If you get real serious about eliminating MSG from your diet, this comprehensive list of ingredients that contain the chemical is sure to be helpful.
all my best,
If you’re like me, when the weather turns cold, you’d rather stay snuggled into your warm house than get out for some exercise. I can think of a million things to do inside to alleviate my guilt about passing on a walk with the dog outside. But, a brisk day can actually help you boost your calorie burn. And fresh air can elevate your mood and raise your energy level (so you can get busting on those indoor chores afterwards!).
Check with your doctor first if you have certain conditions, like asthma, before moving your workout outdoors — and be sure to dress in layers, cover your hands, feet and ears, and listen for any extreme weather conditions that really should move your workout indoors.
Okay, as I’m sitting here writing, I’m thinking I need to heed this and get my butt outside! You too?
all my best,
As a Caregiver, it’s easy to get bogged down with day-to-day tasks and meeting your Caree’s needs. But it’s important to take time for yourself. Research shows that balancing your work with other interests enhances physical and mental well-being, and actually increases productivity. It makes you much more interesting and desirable to be around, too. So today’s blog message is simple, “Treat yourself as you would like to be treated!”
all my best,
The first three weeks of this plan are based on setting the groundwork for strong emotional well-being. If you still feel like you need help, try these additional strategies:
1. Herbal Remedies
- Ashwagandha: Also known as Indian ginseng, this herbal remedy has anti-anxiety and mood-elevating properties. Ashwagandha is very safe and can be used long-term. If your depression is associated with anxiety, this is a good complementary remedy to try.
- B. SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) This supplement has the advantage of working within 24-48 hours and is quite safe. However, it can be somewhat stimulating and should not be used by people with bipolar disorder, nor should it be taken too close to bedtime. Use only the butanedisulfonate form in enteric-coated tablets, or in capsules. Try 400-1600mg a day on an empty stomach.
- Rhodiola: Also called arctic root, this herb promotes focus and concentration and has mood-elevating effects.
Studies show that acupuncture can be a useful treatment for mild to moderate depression. Find an acupuncture practitioner who is familiar with using it for this purpose.
3. Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage helps reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which promotes both happiness and relaxation.
4. Adjust Your Posture
Your posture can directly affect your mood. To adjust your posture, try this simple deep breathing technique: Stand and extend your arms with your left palm up and your right palm down. As you take a deep breath, slowly raise your arms until your hands touch over your head. Then breathe out. Repeat twice.
Now, aren’t you glad I reposted this? I found many of these not only interesting but helpful too.
all my best,