#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday

Dreamtime Wellness ™

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Dreamtime Wellness™ is Celebrating #Giving Tuesday – International Day of Giving. November 29th. 

The desire to give to others is often inspired by a sense of gratitude. -Karen Pischke

There are many ways to GiveGive a hand, a donation, your voice, share a smile. 

Donations Offered to a Local Charity – In the Spirit of Giving Dreamtime Wellness™ is offering donations from its upcoming December 6th Community Reiki Share. Choose one of these local charities. Winner will receive net proceeds from out Community Reiki Share.

GMG FOB YOU GET to PICK a WINNER – Mention one of these local charities in the post comments. The charity receiving the most comments here on GMG will WIN! All will be winners in their own right, because of their ongoing efforts at giving to others.

  • Action, Inc.
  • Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid
  • Care Dimensions
  • Element Care
  • Friends of Mel
  • Mother of Grace Club
  • the Open Door
  • Reid’s Ride
  • Seaport Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • SeniorCare, Inc.
  • Toots Fore Tufts
  • Wellspring, Inc.

*These are some of the recipients of Dreamtime Wellness™ donations through the years.

OR Write-in Your Favorite Charity! The charity mentioned most in this post comments will receive our December ‘Community Reiki Share’ donations. Winner will be announced December 7th, Along with a Surprise Raffle for those participating in this contes – TBA December 8th.  

Whatever you do on #GivingTuesday, be sure to Share a Smile. 

“If you smile at me I will understand, cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.” – Crosby, Stills and Nash

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De-Stress During the Holiday Season … and Beyond

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Got Stress?? 

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You are not alone. And the Holiday Season can be an especially stressful time for many with added financial strain, grief and sadness over those we have loved and lost, and overwhelming, over-commitments. 

According to the 2014 annual Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) the Top 4 sources of stress are –

Money, Work, Family Responsibilities, and Health Concerns.

The APA study also found –

  •  72% of Americans reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the time during the past month.
  • 22% said that they experienced extreme stress about money during the past month
  • Parents, younger generations and lower-income households (less than $50,000.00 annual income) have higher stress than others overall
  • Some people are putting their health care needs on hold because of financial concerns.
  • Stress about money impacts relationships
  • 22% say they are not doing enough to manage their stress.
  • American stress levels have been trending down since the annual survey first began in 2007, but still “higher than healthy levels.”

Here’s Some Good News – 

  • Americans who have some emotional support report lower stress levels
  • Help is Available!

If you are experiencing negative stress in your life, or feel overwhelmed by stress seek help! Talk to your doctor. Ask about professional counseling. Look into resources in the community. Talk to family and friends for emotional support.

Remember – You are not alone! Stress is a normal and unavoidable part of life. Some stress is even considered positive, such as the stress that motivates us to accomplish a task. But too much negative stress can negatively affect your emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Especially when it occurs on a daily basis.

Stress Response – The response to stress can be physical and emotional tension, pain, lowered immune response, and inflammation. Chronic stress can lead to chronic disease including high blood pressure, endocrine, metabolic, autoimmune, and mental health disorders.

RELAX and DE-STRESS – The opposite of the stress response is the relaxation response. Methods to relax and de-stress include: acupuncture, art therapy, deep breathing, exercise, hypnosis, laughter/humor, massage, mindfulness, meditation, music and dance, reading, reiki, tai chi, and yoga. Consider incorporating complementary and integrative therapies into your ‘wellness care plan.’ Learn techniques that you can incorporate daily for ‘best results.’ 

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REMEMBER to BREATHE. When stressed, people often breathe more shallow or even hold their breath. Breathing relaxation techniques are simple to learn, fast and effective to use, and available 24/7.

WALK or DRIVE by the OCEAN. Views of the water can change your psychology and physiology. Just ask Joey who is lucky to enjoy the View from the Dock every day! Take a drive along BackShore Gloucester or walk Good Harbor or Singing Beach and you will a relief of tension and experience your blood pressure lowering.

Lucky to Live on Cape Ann!

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Practice Gratitude – It’s Good for Your Health

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

grat·i·tude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

noun
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
    Synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, appreciation

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A Sense of Gratitude Improves Your Health 

Studies on gratitude support an association between gratitude and a sense of well being.  One study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, leaders in the field of research on gratitude showed that after keeping a ‘gratitude journal for 10 weeks, people were

  • more optimistic
  • felt better about their lives
  • began to exercise more
  • went to the doctor less often.

 

Practicing Gratitude Enhances Relationships

In one study, individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner felt more positive toward the other person and felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.

Expressing Gratitude to Employees Motivates Them 

People want to feel that they are doing a good job and are members of a team. The best way to promote teamwork and motivate employees is to treat staff as valued members of the team.

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude:

  1. Count Your Blessings
  2. Keep a Gratitude Journal
  3. Thank Someone (Mentally or Out loud)
  4. Write a Thank-You Note Once a Week
  5. Practice Optimism
  6. Daily Prayer
  7. Daily Mindful Meditation
  8. Promote Teamwork (at Home and Work)
  9. Celebrate Successes
  10. Perform Acts of Kindness

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Sources and More Information

Digdon, N and Koble, A.  Effects of Constructive Worry, Imagery Distraction, and Gratitude Interventions on Sleep Quality: A Pilot Trial. July 2011. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Vol 3. No 2. pages 193–206

Emmons RA, et al. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology(Feb. 2003): Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 377–89.

Grant AM, et al. “A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way: Explaining Why Gratitude Expressions Motivate Prosocial Behavior,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (June 2010): Vol. 98, No. 6, pp. 946–55.

Lambert NM, et al. “Expressing Gratitude to a Partner Leads to More Relationship Maintenance Behavior,” Emotion (Feb. 2011): Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 52–60.

Layous, K, et al. Delivering Happiness: Translating Positive Psychology Intervention Research for Treating Major and Minor Depressive Disorders. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2011; 17 (8): 675

Roberts, H. (2005). Creating motivation, identifying incentives and enablers, and encouraging staff development. Community Eye Health18(56), 122–124

Sansone RA, et al. “Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation,” Psychiatry (Nov. 2010): Vol. 7, No. 11, pp. 18–22.

Seligman MEP, et al. “Empirical Validation of Interventions,” American Psychologist (July–Aug. 2005): Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 410–21.

How to Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal– Write ‘3 things to be Grateful for’ Daily. Do this for 21 days and it becomes a habit.

Here are my ‘3 things to be grateful for today,’ – 

1) I am Grateful for the Beauty of Last Night’s Full Moonrise Over the Ocean. (2) I am Grateful for Today’s Sunshine. (3) I am Grateful to Have Work That Brings Me Joy.

Easier to Feel Grateful When Living on Cape Ann.   ~ Happy Thanksgiving.    Karen