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How to overcome burnout

  Tips from a Psychology Performance PhD Burnout is on the rise.   A recent report from Indeed found that 52% of all workers are feeling burned out. (Source: preventing-employee-burnout- report ). Burnout is very common and can result from overly demanding expectations, lack of control, lack of social support, taking on more than one can handle at work, school, or interpersonally with family and friends, or poor self-care, among other causes.  Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged and excessive stress. Burnout can affect quality of life and well-being in various ways. The consequences of burnout include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, fatigue, excessive stress, increased likelihood for high blood pressure, withdrawing from family and friends, inability to do a job well, loss of motivation, increasingly negative and cynical outlook, among others. The good n

May 2021 ~ Stroke Awareness Month

  May is National Stroke Awareness Month A stroke occurs when a blood vessel leading to or in the brain is blocked or ruptures. These blood vessels provide oxygen and nutrients to the brain. "During a stroke, the oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the brain, therefore the brain cells die. If the brain cells die in a location that regulates a specific body function, there is the possibility that this may hinder that function from working properly. When it comes to strokes, there are three main types: ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attack. An ischemic stroke is when there is a blockage in the blood vessel and can be caused by blood clots, plaque, or other particles. On the other hand, hemorrhagic strokes happen when the blood vessels burst in the brain therefore preventing the blood flow needed to keep the brain alive. The last type is a transient ischemic attack sometimes called a “mini-stroke.” A transient ischemic attack is different from

Beyond Burnout

  Beyond Burnout: The Exhausting Reality of Unpaid Family Caregivers (from an article appearing on the AARP website ) ' Already Toast ' author, Kate Washington, on the need for more societal support "Lessons learned During the two long, intense years Washington spent as her husband's primary caregiver and now living with his chronic illness and disability, she has seen her role ebb and flow. When I ask her what she would share with the benefit of hindsight, she offers this advice. Say, ‘Yes!’... Don't delay seeking support...   Get a reality check...   Outsource what you can...   Find a balance between privacy and openness... " read the complete article here Kate Washington  is an essayist and food writer who currently serves as the dining critic for  The Sacramento Bee . Her work has appeared in many publications, including  The Washington Post ,  Eater ,  Catapult , and  McSweeney’s Internet Tendency . She lives in Northern California. Connect with her at ka

Debts After Death

 originally published by AARP Magazine What Happens to Your Debts After You Die? When loved ones pass away there's way too much to handle in a short time: notifying others despite feelings of intense grief; funeral arrangements; living without the departed individual; keeping or dispensing with their possessions; a potential change in income and other financial matters. And this is a just  partial list . There's also the matter of the debts the person left behind, which raises a flurry of questions. Will they be forgiven somehow? If not, how are they to be paid? What if the liabilities exceed the assets? Who is responsible for them, and under what conditions? Will debt collectors come calling? It's complicated but not insurmountable. ( read the full article ) 1. The estate should cover most bills A person's financial obligations are not automatically forgiven once they've died. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in most cases, any unpaid debts ar

A Great Resource

  Several years ago, while my hubs was going for Out-Pt Physical Therapy one of the other wives recommended an excellent and FREE magazine, Brain & Life , I've found it to be an excellent resource and filled with LOTS of information all about the BRAIN. Did I tell you it is FREE ? You can sign up online at This month's edition features articles about Insomnia, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinsons, Covid-19, nutrition and other neurological disorders. Take a look at the  Top 10 Articles of 2020 . Brain & Life ® is published 6 times per year and mailed free to interested individuals who complete the form below. Brain & Life ® en Español is published 4 times per year and mailed free with the English edition to interested individuals. an official publication of Back to HOME

8 Ways to Get Your Memory Back After Stroke

  Memory loss after stroke depends on a lot of factors, but games, repetition, exercise, and a brain-boosting diet can help you recover. ( from an article on EveryDay Health ) " Memory loss  is a common  symptom of stroke , but there are things you can do to help get your memory back. Just like exercising your muscles can help improve mobility after a stroke, giving your brain a workout is a significant part of  recovery .  The extent of your memory loss can depend on how old you are, the severity of your stroke, where your stroke occurred, and even the support you have from family and friends. “Memory deficits after a stroke can vary,” says Melissa (Muller) Meyers, an occupational therapist at  MossRehab  in Philadelphia. Memory loss can take the form of  aphasia , suddenly forgetting words and losing the ability to verbally communicate, forgetting stories or conversations, or not being able to recognize formerly familiar faces or routes...." Read more HERE Back to HOME

Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month:  Don’t Go Blind from Glaucoma Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the world today. More than 80,000 people go blind from glaucoma every year in the U.S., and it is the leading cause of preventable blindness in African-Americans and people from the Caribbean. Cataracts are the most identifiable cause of glaucoma.  New York City glaucoma specialist Dr. Daniel Laroche wants to remind all of us that protecting our eye health is imperative for our overall quality of life, particularly for those in high-risk groups and those with chronic ocular conditions. Dr. Laroche is also a passionate advocate for eliminating barriers to health care that exist for Black and Brown people.  It’s the new year and one of your resolutions should be to get your eyes checked, advises Dr. Daniel Laroche, Director of Glaucoma Services and President of Advanced Eyecare of New York. Despite the busyness of the new year, he says it’s still important to stay on top of regu