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Does Your Mind Ever Stop?

# self care Jan 25, 2022

Do you feel like your brain never stops? When you are listening to somebody else does your mind race off thinking about what you have to do next? Are you driven to look at your cell phone even at the dinner table with your family? Do you have a hard time just letting your brain relax and be quiet? 

Does your brain need a break?

Like everyone else, I am struggling with turning things off. Work and life commingle.  Employment is no longer a 9-5 job. It is now expected that work goes with you on your cell phone twenty four hours a day. Add to that all the family obligations and...

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Think of Time as Your Greatest Investment

# self care Jan 17, 2022
Last week we talked about making a list of 3-4 things you value most in your life. Hopefully “your time” was at the top of the list. Time is your most valuable asset. How you use your time will determine the outcome of your life.  If you invest your time wisely into your aspirations and goals, your life will leave a legacy of fulfillment.  In contrast, if you don’t invest and spend it wisely, it will leave you with nothing more than a lifetime of regret and wishful thinking. What is the best way to use and evaluate your time? Begin to reflect and document how you...
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Are You Struggling With Enough Time?

# self care Jan 11, 2022

When somebody asks you how important self-care is, many of you may answer the way I used to.  Are you kidding, I don’t have time to pee, much less think about myself. The way I used to run my life, this statement was very true. Then I got tired of all the chaos and feeling as though so much time was being wasted. It was then I realized the problem was not that I did not have enough time; the problem was the way I used my time.

Value Your Time More Than Anything Else

There is an abundance of research that supports that when you want to change something about yourself, you need to...

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Self-Care is an Act of Heroism!

# self care Jan 04, 2022

Parents having children with special needs no doubt have more stress and strain than parents that do not. An article in the 2010 edition of the  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (volume 40, pages 457–469) found that the part of the brain that releases cortisol was under-active in mothers of adolescents and adults with ASD . This is also seen in other groups experiencing chronic stress, including parents of children with cancer, combat soldiers, Holocaust survivors, and individuals suffering from PTSD. 

Effects of PTSD 

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