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Video: Mindfulness-Based Mastery & Wellbeing Series Introduction

This is an introduction to the 26-part series on how to live better with chronic illness. The concept of mindfulness-based mastery & wellbeing practices is introduced. Mindfulness practice is described as the fundament of mastery & wellbeing practices, because it is what allows us to be self-aware, which is an a priori requirement to everything […]

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Loving Self-Care for Health

  Deepak Chopra recently wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post about self-care. The following article is information I would like to add to what he offered. Partnerships in Loving Self-Care One of the best ways to develop loving self-care is to have a life partner and/or close friends with whom you are in a […]

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Mindfulness-Based Self-Care

Infuse Mindfulness in Every Self-Care Activity It can be a challenge to spend considerable time engaged in self-care—in what we truly need—when we would rather be working or playing or chasing what we want. Unless we use self-care activities to practice mindfulness and loving kindness toward ourselves, these activities can contribute to a host of […]

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Hiring Private Caregivers Part 5 of 5

Conclusion of interview with  home healthcare expert Steve Olian, MBA: Larry Berkelhammer: LB                         Steve Olian: SO LB: What about the situation where the caregiver may actually be doing a really good job, but for some reason the patient just doesn’t like that caregiver and […]

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Social Support Contributes to Health

In a famous study, epidemiology researcher James House (no relation to Gregory) and his team conducted a prospective study of 2,754 residents of Tecumseh, Michigan, observing their social ties and group activities for ten years. This was a very rigorous study in that residents with any medical or psychiatric condition that could possibly interfere with […]

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Steps to Live According to Conscious Choice

Set an intention to make conscious choices throughout the day, each day. The first step is a matter of focus, of deciding how you want to direct your thoughts. Since most of us live quite unconsciously most of the time, setting the intention to make conscious choices is a necessary step that needs to be […]

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Hiring Private Caregivers, Part 4 of 5

Continuation of interview with home healthcare expert, Steve Olian, MBA (SO) by Larry Berkelhammer (LB): LB: If you’re paying out of pocket, is there a standard price that agencies charge, or a standard price that individuals charge, and if not, how do you arrive at the price?  SO: You can check with the hospital discharge […]

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What Are You Choosing?

  Choose to Live with Mastery & Wellbeing The crux of living with mastery & wellbeing is the ability to recognize and take advantage of a simple fact: that every moment of the day presents an opportunity to choose how you will live. These moment-by-moment choices will largely determine the quality of your life—usually far […]

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Practice Relationship-Building

A healthy social support network is essential for the health of all people, and especially for those of us living with chronic illness. It provides a sense that we can trust and count on other people for friendship, emotional and problem-solving support, help with tasks, and physical or material assistance. An essential element of healthy […]

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Part 3 How to Hire Home Healthcare

LB = Larry Berkelhammer – Interviewer               SO = Steve Olian – Interviewee Continuing with part 3 of interview with home healthcare expert Steve Olian: LB: In terms of contracting with an agency, I imagine you’d have to get references from an agency and find out about their availability, […]

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