NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY

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National Caregivers Day, is the third Friday of February, which was yesterday!

One this day we honor hospice workers and long-term facility caregivers.

Caregivers are the front line workers that keep the building running.

They make sure your loved one is taken care of.

We toilet, shower, feed, dress.

We run around all day answering call lights.

We wash your loved ones laundry and make their bed, since most of them were housewives throughout their life time.

We are there to get them up in the morning at the start of their day to make sure they eat breakfast.

We are there in the evening to put them to bed.

We know them well, we recognize any changes in their behavior, or well being, for we see them 32-40 hours a week.

We ensure their safety. We cut up their food, and de-clutter their rooms.

We are there for your loved ones on their death bed, holding their hand, praying for them, and rotating their position every two hours and changing them to ensure that they do not get bed sores.

It’s a labor of love, and it takes a special person, with patients to do this line of work.

It’s exhausting.

If you are a caregiver, make sure you rest enough, and take time for yourself to avoid burn out.

Appreciate your caregivers.

We do more than you think.

We have your loved ones best interest at heart.

We are there when you cannot be.

We love your Mom or Dad or whomever is placed in our care, for they are our second family.

I’ve been a caregiver for 12 years in assisted livings. I love it and cannot imagine doing anything else.

It brings meaning to my life.

It wears me out, but I have learned the secret to a long life is hard work through my residents.

They have deeply interesting life stories. They have been through WWII, Korean war, and Vietnam war. They have lived through the depression. They were alive when segregation laws were in effect, and they watched Martin Luther King Jr. lead the way to end these laws.  They were housewives in the 50’s. They lived through the “hippie” era, of peace, love and happiness. They have rich history stories. This job is a great history lesson, and could never be boring.

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How to deal with P.M.S.

It’s that time of the month again, a week before your period. You’re tired, moody, and are craving all sorts of junk food. You’re suffering. How can you find relief?

What happens during P.M.S.? After we ovulate our estrogen and progesterone declines along with our serotonin, or “feel good” hormone. So what can you do?

  • Exercise, get those serotonin levels up. Exercise boost your mood as well. This may be the last thing you want to do. It takes some self discipline. You will feel better afterwards.

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Try to eat healthy, even though you are craving junk food. Eat food rich in phytoestrogens, such as:

  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • some grains
  • legumes

Or try a plant based diet, with nuts. Phytoestrogens naturally occur in plants.

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Get a good nights rest. So that your symptoms aren’t worse. PMS makes it difficult to sleep because of the hormone fluctuations, this is always why exercise is important during PMS to help you sleep.

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Self care: You may feel anxious. My anxiety acts up during PMS. You need to find a way to relax. Get a massage, acupuncture, chiropractor. Try yoga, meditations, and stretching. Do not try to do take on too much, this is the time of the month to relax. Take a hot bath. Use some lavender essential oil.

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I hope these tips help you get through this dreaded time of the month. It has gotten worse for me as I’ve gotten older.

Here is an informative YouTube video  that demonstrates all stages we go through each month.

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Happy Heavenly Birthday to my Uncle Ed!

February 20th, my Uncle Ed would of been 64 this year. I’ve mentioned before, my Uncle Ed passed away this summer of a sudden heart attack. It was sudden so we were in shock. Grief is difficult. I am still in the denial stage, thinking to myself “I can’t believe he’s gone.”
The 7 stages of grief are:
SHOCK & DENIAL-
PAIN & GUILT- …
ANGER & BARGAINING- …
“DEPRESSION”, REFLECTION, LONELINESS- …
RECONSTRUCTION & WORKING THROUGH- …
ACCEPTANCE & HOPE-
I am working through my grief and coming into acceptance.
This is a YouTube video of my Uncle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enmQ9kEOVKI

 

Nothing worth anything comes easy, you must work for it.

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain._ _

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~Dolly Parton

This reminds me that nothing in life comes easy, but you have to work for it. Not to give up but go through tough times, and to remain strong. To preserve and keep going. This quote reminds of the saying that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

This also reminds me that anything in this world that you work for will in fact not be easy, but you have to put in time and effort. It is worth it to put up with the suffering and hardship, to reach the end of the rainbow, your goal.

 

“Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty. No kind of life is worth leading if it is always an easy life. I know that your life is hard; I know that your work is hard; and hardest of all for those of you who have the highest trained consciences, and who therefore feel always how much you ought to do. I know your work is hard, and that is why I congratulate you with all my heart. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

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An Inspiring quote that helps with assertiveness, and boundaries.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~William Shakespeare

It’s OK to love all, by being respectful, and seeing the good in people, but you cannot trust everyone. Trust needs to be earned. Be very careful who you trust, so that you don’t get mistreated, and taken advantage of. This is a great boundary to have. This helps you become assertive, and effective, so that no one takes advantage of you.
Do no harm to no one, which adds fuel to the fire, and by doing harm, you are going down to a low level in life.
Remember this quote, and practice. This will help you deal with difficult people, and be your best without being emotionally unstable, and mentally stable.
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Pass the Papers. (This is a fun family game we play during holidays).

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This is a fun game that my family plays at gatherings. It is quite entertaining and funny!

You can play with two or more people.

  • First everyone gets a piece of paper.
  • Then everyone write a person or multiple people. Then you fold the paper covering the person(s) that you wrote down, and then you pass your paper to the person on the right.
  • Then you write the activity that they did.  Then you fold the paper pass to the right again.
  • Then you write down the time, it is more entertaining to write a holiday as well. Pass to the right after you folded the paper, covering what you wrote.
  • Then you write where the activity took place. Like the zoo, library, school etc. Fold and pass to the right.

Then you unfold the papers and read them out loud. Let the hilariousness begin.

Randomness is better, you person doesn’t need to match the activity. This makes it funnier.

Enjoy!


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“Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.” ~ Tiger Woods.

…because practice makes perfect, so don’t give up! (you do not have to be perfect either, just don’t give up).

The more you practice something, the better you get! You learn what to do, the effects, and what will happen next.

Keep on persevering, and keep going. Some momentum is better than none! You don’t need to win or be the best to be good. One day you will get there.

Being a working Mom V.S. being a stay at home Mom.

March 20th of this year, marks 7 years that I have been a working Mom. I was also fortunate enough to be a stay at home Mom for 7 years. What have I learned being from being a stay at home Mom, and a working Mom, both for 7 years?

I was very blessed to be home with my kids, to watch them grow and hit all their milestones. When I was at home with my kids, we were so close. I would read to them every night, and take them to the park. I got to play with my kids. I helped them grow and learn. I loved how close we were.

When the debt started piling up, I had to go back to work. I felt depressed not being around my kids as much, since we were so close. My kids started acting up because they were used to having Mommy at home all the time.  I have to learn the skill of managing my time. I learned to make time just for them so that they would not act up. I learned how to detach from the workplace so that I can focus something more important, my family!

I do not regret going back to work. I will have money to buy them their first car, and to greater their education after high school. I will be able to pay for the College education, and give them a better life.

This post is defiantly not to say being a stay at home Mom or working Mom is better. But to do what best works for your family.

I miss being a stay at home Mom, and not having the stress of everyday working life. It is not easy. My job is physically demanding and wears me out! I take care of  the elderly, at least 15 residents. I have to transfer them, toilet them and bathe them. It is very tiring. I have learned to take care of my health so that I do not get sick easily, since I am around sickness all the time working in healthcare. I have learned to exercise and eat right so that I have energy for my kids!