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Self-Care for the Caregiver
This issue is directed to all of the wonderful caregivers, front-line workers, health practitioners, parents, guardians, friends etc who show up daily to support another. I know it has been especially stressful over these past few months. The care you have provided has not gone unnoticed and I hope you can find something that speaks to you within this issue.
The Calm App
The Daily Calm
I personally start my mornings with the "daily calm" which is their signature 10 minute meditation. Each day, this meditation focuses on a different theme and is a great way to draw awareness to your breath, mood and set an intention for your day.
I have included one called "The Breathing Space" below for you to try.
Calm. (October 2, 2020). Daily calm live stream: the breathing space [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSW-kMpnpB0
I know it may seem like a lot of work or thinking, but I encourage you to give it a shot next time you find yourself out of sorts. It is also just a really good way to bring yourself back to the present moment, enrich your senses and reinforce that you are part of something far bigger than yourself!
Destress Monday. (March 20, 2020). Unwind this monday with the 5-4-3-2-1 coping technique. Retrieved from https://www.mondaycampaigns.org/destress-monday/unwind-monday-5-4-3-2-1-coping-technique
Grab your Favourite Book
The Art of Making Memories
My favorite book right now is called "The Art of Making Memories". The Author of this fantastic little book (I say little, because it really is tiny!) is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He takes you through how to create and remember happy moments in your life. He even has a whole chapter titled "make it multisensory"!
To me one of the key goals and outcomes of self-care work is an increase in happiness and an overall feeling of contentment. This wee book offers you a welcomed break to learn about ways that you can harness, create and remember happy times... something we could all use more of in the present day.
Take a look at the short video clip I have included below of the author introducing "The Art of Making Memories".
Waterstones. (September 19, 2019). Meik Wiking on the art of making memories. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VChqLZZdEj8
One of my all-time favourite podcasts is called "On Being". The host takes you, the listener on a journey of what it means to be human while asking you to reflect on questions such as how do we want to live and who will we be to each other? Just like the 5-4-3-2-1 technique, Krista's podcast reminds you that you are but a grain of sand on the beach... a part of something far larger than yourself.
I personally value this podcast because it allows me the opportunity to step outside of my own problems or stressors, even if it is just for 45 minutes, and focus on other thought provoking material.
Give this one a try, or if nothing else, search out a podcast that does interest you and give yourself permission to take a break and simply listen :)
You can find "On Being" on the app store on any smart device but you can also listen to her podcasts via the computer. I have included the link below.
Sense of smell has a direct connection to one of the oldest and most primitive areas of the brain; the limbic system. The limbic system deals with memories and emotions. This means that essential oils (which we smell) can have a direct impact on our brain (the limbic system) and more importantly our emotions. How cool is that? Through essential oils you "essentially" (no pun intended) have the ability to positively impact or change your mood!
I tend to use essential oils from Saje, a Canadian company, but like I said, we all have our preferences. However, for the purpose of this digital newsletter I am going to link Saje's website as a learning tool/resource.
Take some time to explore the pure essential oils and their healing benefits. One of my absolute favourite mood boosters is peppermint for its fresh and exhilarating properties. I love to take a drop or two of peppermint in the palms of my hand, rub them together quickly and then cup my hands over my nose and take 3 deep breaths. This simple little routine helps me to reset, take a mindful moment and instantly makes the weight of the world feel a little less heavy. What's your favourite oil/smell?