Articles tagged with: Maintaining a Balance

5 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Posted by: The Bristal

How many New Year’s resolutions have you made over the years? How many have you kept? If you are like most people, the second number is much lower than the first. For some people, the second number is zero.

Don’t be discouraged if you have failed to keep resolutions in the past, this is a new year. You can increase your chances of success if you adopt one or more of the five methods below:

Methods of Resolution-Keeping

1. Keep a Diary. Write down your resolutions, and compose a daily diary of your progress in keeping them. This will … read more

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Office Exercise: Add More Activity to Your Workday

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’re still working part- or full-time you might be struggling to fit exercise into your already busy schedule. Besides making time to work out before or after work and tackling more physical activity on your off days, there are other ways to nab more physical fitness—even throughout your workday.

Get More Exercise During Your Workday

• Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.

• Take a walk or hit the gym during your lunch break. Try to get a co-worker buddy to engage with you to keep you on track.

• Instead of picking up … read more

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Do You Meditate? Your Brain May Be Younger Than You Think

Posted by: The Bristal

Back in the ‘70s, the only people touting meditation were the hippies. Ah, how times have changed. Not only do a lot of people practice some type of mindful meditation today, but new science is showing us just how meditation actually helps. A study in the journal Frontiers of Psychology reports that the brains of meditators decline less with age than the brains of those who don’t meditate.

That’s good news for people who’ve been chanting “Ohm” for a while now, but even better is that it’s not too late to begin a meditation practice that not only might reduce … read more

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Healing the Pain of the Past

Posted by: The Bristal

Pain from our past can sometimes keep us from forging ahead to better days.

Memories that harbor pain can lead us down a slippery slope of blame, guilt, self-pity, anger, resentment and depression. Such unresolved pain is difficult to manage.

While embedded issues of emotional and psychological pain can in no way be “magically healed” through the words of a simple blog post, I’d like to share some interesting perspectives that I came across in a recent article in Senior Living magazine. They just might prove helpful.

The strategy was broken down into 10 facts that help recast how we think about … read more

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Caregiving and Marriage: 7 Tips for Achieving a Healthy Balance

Posted by: The Bristal

Reportedly, nurturing their marriage is one of the greatest challenges family caregivers encounter when caring for an aging loved one. The stress, fears and frustration that come with being a caregiver can take a real toll on relationships. The non-caregiving partner may feel as if they are being ignored or that they are often on the receiving end of their spouse’s misplaced anger. The caregiving partner may be frustrated at what they perceive is a lack of understanding or support. Finding a healthy balance between caring for a senior loved one and maintaining a happy marriage takes work.

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Balancing Work and Caregiving: Survival Tips for Adult Children

Posted by: The Bristal

As our population continues to gray, more and more adult children find themselves juggling the demands of a busy career with the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to describe that very situation. According to Care.com, more than 65 million people in the U.S. consider themselves to be family caregivers. 25.5 million of them are trying to balance work with caregiving.

Juggling Work Responsibilities with Caregiving

Research from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that 21% of employees who take sick days, do so to handle family issues including caregiving. Even if they … read more

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Our Place Memory Cafe

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

A Place to Be Yourself

On a sunny afternoon, couples gathered at Butera’s Restaurant in Sayville, in a room that we would come to find out was once known as the “Music Room.”

The Our Place Memory Cafe is designed after a wonderful idea crafted in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Bere Miessen, a psychologist from Holland, recognized the need for people living with a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to continue to have a social connection. It is equally important for people caring for a loved one with this diagnosis to have a place to relax, socialize, share … read more

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