Caroline Steward

Are You the Family Caregiver?

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With recent medical advances and increasing life spans with better management of chronic illnesses there has been an increase in family care giving.  According to recent statistics nearly one-third of Americans are caring for relatives or friends 50 years or older.  This responsibility continues to fall mainly on the shoulders of women. In addition to maintaining full time jobs and managing households these caregivers are providing an average of 20 hours of care per week. While it can be one of the most satisfying it can also be one of the most difficult jobs a person can face.  Regardless of the care recipient – elderly parent, spouse or child it can be a challenge...

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Tip 9 – Schedule Quiet Time

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Tip 9 – Schedule Quiet Time

Schedule quiet time. Pick a few moments each day to notice the world around you! For therapist Caroline Steward, quiet time for herself is the best way to re-energize. Therapist Sandy Berry also explains that life can only be lived in the moment; one moment at a time.  Of course it is always good to plan your future but you can only live it right now.  Don’t get lost in the future or the past this holiday season – stay in the now.  Pick a few moments each day to notice the world around you, have quiet time, listen to the sounds, the smells, the sights around you. Be aware of your body. Take in a deep breath…relax in this very quiet moment in time………. ...

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Tip 1 – Plan Ahead

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Tip 1 – Plan Ahead

 Plan ahead, prioritize and schedule what’s most important to you this Christmas. Therapists Sandy Berry and Caroline Steward suggest actually having a “Christmas Plan.”  Many people organize their work schedule, so why not try something similar for the holidays.  It can be as detailed or general as you prefer.  Our minds tend to relax if it has an idea of the general direction in which it is headed.  Take a moment and create a list of things you want to accomplish.   Prioritize them and put them in your calendar.  These are to help you stay organized – not to define how you do things.  If you like things to be spontaneous, schedule them in that way. ...

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Relationship Tip 7- Just Give 15 Minutes

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Relationship Tip 7- Just Give 15 Minutes

Therapist Caroline Steward suggests that you give 15 minutes to someone you love today.  One of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy relationship is simply maintaining a connection.  Sometimes when we know we can’t spend a great deal of time with someone, we believe it is better to forego it completely.  However, when we slow down our busy lives, even for just 15 minutes, we increase the chance of capturing a moment.  Don’t under estimate the powerful connection you could gain with a loved one in just 15 minutes.

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Relationship Tip 4- Remember To Laugh

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Relationship Tip 4- Remember To Laugh

With our busy and stressful lives we often get too serious and forget to laugh with our loved ones.  Caroline Steward recommends you take the time to enjoy a moment of laughter. Try to see the humor in life.  Whether it is sharing a funny experience that happened during the day or finding a fun activity to do together, laughing is important and good for your heart! Laughing is good for your heart!

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10 Ways You Can Take Care of Your Brain

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     We all like to be at our best and to do that, you’ve got to take care of your brain. And now science is showing us how.      We used to think that the brain was fixed at about age 5 – and that it was downhill from there. But recently, some pioneering work in neurobiology has turned that thinking right on it’s head. Scientists are now finding that we have the capacity to re-wire brain circuits and to grow new neurons.      It’s known as neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to be flexible and to rewire in response to experience.      And ever since neuroscientists discovered neuroplasticity and also neurogenesis (the brain’s...

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