Taking Care of Your Life

Build a personal support system

Written by Daniel J. Jachimiak, BA. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Isolation is a major cause of depression. As we move into adult responsibilities, such as work, parenting, marriage, we tend to let our relationships fade into the background. In the ever-increasing tasks of “adulting,” self-care often takes a back seat. Selfcare includes physical, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional tasks. A healthy support system plays a role in all these categories of self-care.

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The Devil and Mrs. Jones, Part 11: What's the next step?

Written by Megan Benner Senecal. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Mrs. Jones was lucky enough to receive her complete COVID-19 vaccination, as were many of her peers and staff in her facility. She is still asked to wear a mask and social distance. Activities are still limited to small groups, and dining is done in small groups and in shifts. Being six feet away from people when trying to have a conversation is frustrating—especially because Mrs. Jones has some hearing loss.

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Spiritually Speaking - A reason for hope

Written by Sister Mary Thill. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Forgive me while I write again about hope because I think it’s critical to our moving on from the trials and tribulations of 2020 and those we have already experienced in 2021. I’m turning to the wisdom of our elders to help find reasons for hope at this point in our lives. Who better than those who have experienced life’s twists and turns over a long period of time to help us find reasons for hope in our day and age?

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A Walk in the Park - What we do all day

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

When we were much younger, Shirley and I took the girls on summer vacation, usually to national parks. Yes, I know. What a strange concept. But you undoubtedly have your own ideas about the best way to spend your vacation. We may not all agree on what to do, but most of us look forward to the time off. Recharge the batteries. Do some self evaluation, and resolve to do better when we return to work. Well, okay, nobody does that.

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Budget checkup: tax time is the right time

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Every year, about 170 million households file their federal tax returns.1 For many, the process involves digging through shoeboxes or manila folders full of receipts; gathering mortgage, retirement, and investment account statements; and relying on computer software to take advantage of every tax break the code permits. It seems a shame not to make the most of all that effort.

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Make the most of that Valentine’s Day flower bouquet

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Valentines day is about showing that special someone in your life how much you care, and what better way to express those heartfelt sentiments than a big bouquet of flowers? The only problem is, cut flowers always seem to fade too quickly, and that doesn’t seem like the right message to send to the one you love. After all, true love is meant to last forever, right? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep cut flowers fresh and fragrant longer—maybe not forever, but at least as long as it takes to devour a box of cherry cordials.

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Nobody's Perfect - What do I say?

Written by Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

During this pandemic, my friend’s mother had a stroke. She was hospitalized for two weeks and was transferred for rehab to a nursing home. During her over-three-month stay, other friends wanted to call her and wondered how she was doing. They hesitated, because they “just didn’t know what to say” on the phone visit, nervous that their asking how she was doing would seem like they were prying into her personal life.

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