Presentation on theme: "Seasons of Care ™ Wellness for Caregivers self-care for the family caregiver Presented by: Andrea Sherman, PhD & Marsha Weiner, MA For: Family Caregiver."— Presentation transcript:
Brain Connectivity The power to create new circuits…
Caregiver’s Tools Seasons of Care ™ Contemplative Arts –Focus attention inside yourself –Rekindle inner resources –Discover sources of resiliency –Connect with something greater than oneself Expressive Arts –Release energy outward –Color, Dance, Sing, Declare –Enhance well-being –Uplift your spirits!
Benefits of Meditation Increases ability to relax Decreases psychological symptoms Reduces pain levels Increases ability to cope with chronic pain
Benefits of Meditation Encourages greater enthusiasm for life Improves self-esteem Increases ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations that are beyond one’s control Stress Reduction Clinic, University of Mass. Medical Center
Catch Your Breath
Benefits of Expressive Arts Enhances coping skills Helps manage stress Strengthens sense of self Enhances quality of life Allows for communication when words just aren’t enough
Writing: Integrative Self-reflective technique Promotes meaningful engagement of self
The Rules of Writing: Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones 1.Keep your hand moving. 2.Don’t cross out. 3.Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation grammar. 4.Lose control. 5.Don’t think. Don’t get logical. 6.Go for the jugular. (“If something comes up that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.”)
Getting Started “Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche.” ― Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life Get started ! After this webinar ! Fill in the blanks: As the ____ comes and goes, I _____.
Contemplative & Expressive Arts Merge in Ritual Including everyday, simple rituals