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  • yogiguruji
    Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
    Message 1 of 9 , Mar 16, 2005
      Good Morning!

      Tips for Caregivers

      Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a
      loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great
      opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need
      help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help
      others when the situation calls for our assistance.

      Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around
      someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because
      we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also,
      when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy
      about them that is not the norm.

      Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real
      challenge to be around them for periods of time.


      The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:

      1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All
      feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,
      guilt).

      2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself
      is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for
      help with some tasks.

      3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a
      movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


      Preventing Burnout

      Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can
      be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling
      listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace
      else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver
      burnout.

      1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local
      library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others
      can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of
      isolation.

      2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers,
      psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on
      caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee
      assistance program.

      3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that
      provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean
      help with a specific task or having health care providers care for
      your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on
      vacation.

      4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many
      ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health
      and in your behavior.


      Signs of Stress

      Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something
      undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty,
      hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or
      trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty
      in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight
      loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory
      problems, and sexual impotence.

      The single most important point you can make about stress is that in
      most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you
      react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a
      particular stress.


      White Light Protection Exercise

      Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very
      common occurrence.
      In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from
      negative energy is with White Light.

      Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light
      warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes
      in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release
      all thoughts.......

      Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one
      and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the
      Root Chakra.

      Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects
      your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to
      come into play.

      This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and
      visualize this White Light Protector.


      Color Therapy is very helpful:

      http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy_frame.htm

      As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be
      especially good):

      http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation_frame.htm


      Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances
      the strength of the Aura.

      Remember: Energy follows Thought.

      Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows
      it.


      Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac.
      Peacefulmind.com
      Alternative medicine and therapies
      for healing mind, body & spirit!
    • yogiguruji
      Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
      Message 2 of 9 , Dec 15 4:55 AM
        Good Morning!

        Tips for Caregivers

        Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a
        loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great
        opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need
        help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help
        others when the situation calls for our assistance.

        Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around
        someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because
        we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also,
        when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy
        about them that is not the norm.

        Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real
        challenge to be around them for periods of time.


        The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:


        1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All
        feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger
        sadness,guilt).
        2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself
        is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for
        help with some tasks.
        3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a
        movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


        Preventing Burnout

        Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can
        be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling
        listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace
        else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver
        burnout.

        1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local
        library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others
        can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of
        isolation.

        2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers,
        psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on
        caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee
        assistance program.

        3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that
        provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean
        help with a specific task or having health care providers care for
        your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on
        vacation.

        4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many
        ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health
        and in your behavior.


        Signs of Stress

        Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something
        undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty,
        hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or
        trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty
        in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight
        loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory
        problems, and sexual impotence.

        The single most important point you can make about stress is that in
        most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you
        react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a
        particular stress.


        White Light Protection Exercise

        Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very
        common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect
        yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

        Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light
        warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes
        in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release
        all thoughts.......

        Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one
        and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the
        Root Chakra.

        Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects
        your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to
        come into play.

        This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and
        visualize this White Light Protector.

        Color Therapy is very helpful:
        http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm

        As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be
        especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
        Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances
        the strength of the Aura.

        Remember: Energy follows Thought.

        Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows
        it.


        Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
        Peacefulmind.com
        Therapies for healing
        mind, body, spirit
      • yogiguruji
        Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
        Message 3 of 9 , Dec 10 8:28 PM
          Good Morning!

          Tips for Caregivers

          Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a
          loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great
          opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need
          help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help
          others when the situation calls for our assistance.

          Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around
          someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because
          we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also,
          when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy
          about them that is not the norm.

          Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real
          challenge to be around them for periods of time.


          The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:


          1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All
          feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger
          sadness,guilt).
          2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself
          is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for
          help with some tasks.
          3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a
          movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


          Preventing Burnout

          Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can
          be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling
          listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace
          else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver
          burnout.

          1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local
          library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others
          can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of
          isolation.

          2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers,
          psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on
          caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee
          assistance program.

          3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that
          provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean
          help with a specific task or having health care providers care for
          your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on
          vacation.

          4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many
          ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health
          and in your behavior.


          Signs of Stress

          Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something
          undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty,
          hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or
          trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty
          in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight
          loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory
          problems, and sexual impotence.

          The single most important point you can make about stress is that in
          most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you
          react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a
          particular stress.


          White Light Protection Exercise

          Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very
          common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect
          yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

          Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light
          warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes
          in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release
          all thoughts.......

          Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one
          and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the
          Root Chakra.

          Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects
          your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to
          come into play.

          This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and
          visualize this White Light Protector.

          Color Therapy is very helpful:
          http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm

          As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be
          especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
          Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances
          the strength of the Aura.
          Remember: Energy follows Thought.
          Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows
          it.


          Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
          Peacefulmind.com
          Therapies for healing
          mind, body, spirit
        • Susan Vega
          Hi Andrew i would only like to express my apreciation for taking time to share tips and insights, everyone who comes across articles like this really profits
          Message 4 of 9 , Dec 12 9:25 PM
            Hi Andrew

            i would only like to express my apreciation for taking time to share tips and insights, everyone who comes across articles like this really profits alot. More power

            susan

            yogiguruji <yogiguruji@...> wrote:
            Good Morning!

            Tips for Caregivers

            Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a
            loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great
            opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need
            help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help
            others when the situation calls for our assistance.

            Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around
            someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because
            we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also,
            when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy
            about them that is not the norm.

            Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real
            challenge to be around them for periods of time.

            The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:

            1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All
            feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger
            sadness,guilt).
            2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself
            is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for
            help with some tasks.
            3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a
            movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.

            Preventing Burnout

            Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can
            be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling
            listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace
            else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver
            burnout.

            1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local
            library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others
            can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of
            isolation.

            2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers,
            psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on
            caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee
            assistance program.

            3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that
            provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean
            help with a specific task or having health care providers care for
            your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on
            vacation.

            4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many
            ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health
            and in your behavior.

            Signs of Stress

            Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something
            undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty,
            hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or
            trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty
            in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight
            loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory
            problems, and sexual impotence.

            The single most important point you can make about stress is that in
            most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you
            react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a
            particular stress.

            White Light Protection Exercise

            Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very
            common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect
            yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

            Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light
            warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes
            in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release
            all thoughts.......

            Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one
            and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the
            Root Chakra.

            Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects
            your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to
            come into play.

            This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and
            visualize this White Light Protector.

            Color Therapy is very helpful:
            http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm

            As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be
            especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
            Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances
            the strength of the Aura.
            Remember: Energy follows Thought.
            Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows
            it.

            Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
            Peacefulmind.com
            Therapies for healing
            mind, body, spirit






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          • Andrew Pacholyk
            Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
            Message 5 of 9 , Nov 30, 2011
              Good Morning!

              Tips for Caregivers

              Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help others when the situation calls for our assistance.

              Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also, when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy about them that is not the norm.

              Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real challenge to be around them for periods of time.


              The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:


              1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,guilt).
              2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
              3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


              Preventing Burnout

              Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver burnout.

              1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of isolation.

              2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers, psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee assistance program.

              3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean help with a specific task or having health care providers care for your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on vacation.

              4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health and in your behavior.


              Signs of Stress

              Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence.

              The single most important point you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular stress.


              White Light Protection Exercise

              Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

              Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release all thoughts.......

              Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the Root Chakra.

              Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to come into play.

              This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and visualize this White Light Protector.

              Color Therapy is very helpful: http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm

              As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
              Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances the strength of the Aura.
              Remember: Energy follows Thought.
              Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows it.


              Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
              http://www.peacefulmind.com
              Therapies for healing
              mind, body, spirit
            • Andrew Pacholyk
              Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
              Message 6 of 9 , Dec 4 6:14 PM
                Good Morning!

                Tips for Caregivers

                Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help others when the situation calls for our assistance.

                Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also, when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy about them that is not the norm.

                Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real challenge to be around them for periods of time.


                The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:


                1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,guilt).
                2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
                3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


                Preventing Burnout

                Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver burnout.

                1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of isolation.

                2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers, psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee assistance program.

                3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean help with a specific task or having health care providers care for your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on vacation.

                4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health and in your behavior.


                Signs of Stress

                Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence.

                The single most important point you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular stress.


                White Light Protection Exercise

                Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

                Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release all thoughts.......

                Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the Root Chakra.

                Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to come into play.

                This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and visualize this White Light Protector.

                Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation as "energy follows thought."


                Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
                http://www.peacefulmind.com/ailments.htm
                Therapies for healing
                mind, body, spirit
              • yogiguruji
                Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
                Message 7 of 9 , Dec 6 3:11 AM
                  Good Morning!

                  Tips for Caregivers

                  Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help others when the situation calls for our assistance. 

                  Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also, when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy about them that is not the norm. 

                  Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real challenge to be around them for periods of time.


                  The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:


                  1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,guilt).
                  2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
                  3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.


                  Preventing Burnout 

                  Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver burnout.

                  1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of isolation.

                  2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers, psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee assistance program.

                  3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean help with a specific task or having health care providers care for your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on vacation.

                  4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health and in your behavior.


                  Signs of Stress 

                  Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence. 

                  The single most important point you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular stress. 


                  White Light Protection Exercise 

                  Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from negative energy is with White Light. 

                  Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release all thoughts....... 

                  Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the Root Chakra. 

                  Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to come into play. 

                  This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and visualize this White Light Protector. 

                  Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation as "energy follows thought."


                  Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
                  http://www.peacefulmind.com/ailments.htm
                  Therapies for healing
                  mind, body, spirit

                • yogiguruji
                  Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
                  Message 8 of 9 , Dec 4 6:42 AM
                    Good Morning!

                    Tips for Caregivers

                    Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help others when the situation calls for our assistance.

                    Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also, when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy about them that is not the norm.

                    Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real challenge to be around them for periods of time.
                    The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:
                    1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,guilt).
                    2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
                    3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.
                    Preventing Burnout

                    Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver burnout.

                    1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of isolation.

                    2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers, psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee assistance program.

                    3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean help with a specific task or having health care providers care for your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on vacation.

                    4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health and in your behavior.
                    Signs of Stress

                    Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence.

                    The single most important point you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular stress. 
                    White Light Protection Exercise

                    Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

                    Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release all thoughts.......

                    Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the Root Chakra.

                    Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to come into play.

                    This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and visualize this White Light Protector.

                    Color Therapy is very helpful: http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm 

                    As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm 

                    Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances the strength of the Aura. 
                    Remember: Energy follows Thought. 

                    Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows it. 



                    Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
                    http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
                    Therapies for healing
                    mind, body, spirit 
                  • yogiguruji
                    Good Morning! Tips for Caregivers Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a
                    Message 9 of 9 , Dec 11 12:24 PM
                      Good Morning!

                      Tips for Caregivers

                      Whether you are in the health care profession or taking care of a loved one or friend, being a caregiver is a gift. It is a great opportunity to put someone else's needs before yours. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may also need to help others when the situation calls for our assistance.

                      Caregiver burnout is a common problem. It is difficult to be around someone who is in pain or has a debilitating situation often because we love them so and find it difficult to see them like this. Also, when someone is ill, in pain or not well, their is a certain energy about them that is not the norm.

                      Because of this energy deficit or imbalance, it can be a real challenge to be around them for periods of time.
                      The National Alliance for Caregivers make these suggestions:
                      1. Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness,guilt).
                      2. Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
                      3.Make time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.
                      Preventing Burnout

                      Caring for another person, especially over a long period of time, can be physically and emotionally draining. You may find yourself feeling listless, forced to do routine tasks, and wishing to be someplace else. If this sounds familiar, you are a candidate for caregiver burnout.

                      1. Joining a caregiver support group: Check the newspaper or local library to locate one in your area. Sharing experiences with others can help you manage stress, locate resources, and reduce feelings of isolation.

                      2. Talking to a professional: The clergy, social workers, psychologists, and nurses are often trained to provide counseling on caregiving issues. Help may also be available through your employee assistance program.

                      3. Taking advantage of respite care: Respite care is a service that provides temporary care for an older person. Respite care may mean help with a specific task or having health care providers care for your relative at home or in a extended care facility while you go on vacation.

                      4. Recognize signs of stress: Stress can take its toll on you in many ways. Be aware of changes in your thinking, in your physical health and in your behavior.
                      Signs of Stress

                      Stress related symptoms can include a feeling that something undesirable is about to happen, dry mouth, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, rapid breathing and heart palpitations, twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, backaches sweating, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness or faintness. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, memory problems, and sexual impotence.

                      The single most important point you can make about stress is that in most cases it's not what's out there that's the problem, it's how you react to it. How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular stress. 
                      White Light Protection Exercise

                      Attracting and retaining people's energies as a caregiver is a very common occurrence. In a metaphysical sense, the best way to protect yourself from negative energy is with White Light.

                      Sit, or lay on the floor and close your eyes. Imagine White Light warming and engulfing first, your Crown Chakra and bathing your eyes in light. Let the White Light warm your mind and relax and release all thoughts.......

                      Move the White Light down the Chakra centers and let it bath each one and allow the White Light to massage each Chakra Point. Finish at the Root Chakra.

                      Then allow the White Light to engulf your entire being. This protects your aura from negative energies and allows your "psychic defense" to come into play.

                      This can be done at any time, in any place. Just close your eyes and visualize this White Light Protector.

                      Color Therapy is very helpful: http://www.peacefulmind.com/color_therapy.htm 

                      As well as Meditation (the visualizations with candles would be especially good): http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm 

                      Quartz Crystal held during the White Light Protector really enhances the strength of the Aura. 
                      Remember: Energy follows Thought. 

                      Cleanse with the positive thought or affirmation and Energy follows it. 



                      Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
                      http://www.peacefulmind.com/meditation.htm
                      Therapies for healing
                      mind, body, spirit 
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