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Archives for August, 2012

Partners In Wellness with Joan Winifred

Isaac Makes Landfall in Louisiana: Why The Facts Are Important

As diligent caregivers and Partners in Wellness, we need up-to-the minute, precise information which can impact our job for better or worse. Wrong information can cause wrong decision making, leading to disaster. We need truth!

Who can you count on for truth? Some, due to past experience, may have trust issues. Personally, I don't believe everything in print or online. It may sound good on the surface, but if you dig...
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Anxiety and Panic

Seeking Shelter from ISAAC: Storm Evacuations and Plans

Are you seeking shelter from ISAAC? The Tropical Storm (soon-to-be hurricane) sadly left some dead in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic! The death toll is relatively low, but just one death by storm is way too many!

Those who have suffered loss of a loved one (or belongings) deserve our help, support, comfort and disaster relief! Will you volunteer to help in your community or elsewhere? I know you care!

The Weather...
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Joan Winifred

Extreme Behavior Emergency Survival Kit

Extreme weather exists. So does extreme behavior. Sadly, many of us have been adversely affected by both.

It's hurricane season. When I say hurricane--which name comes to mind: Andrew, Katerina, Charley, Isaac?! When I say extreme there a name that comes to your mind as well? Have you survived both?

Congratulations and Keep on Surviving!
Are you prepared for the extreme? Blizzards, tropical storms, lightening...
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Forgiveness Fixes: How to Let Go of the Negative and Repair Relationships

Thanks for reading Part 1: "It Stings, but BEE FORGIVING!" Let's pick up the conversation here with Part 2: "Forgiveness Fixes!"

Let's respect and acknowledge that getting past pain differs with each individual because we all have different thresholds for pain. We all have different tolerance levels.

Emotional and physical sickness can be the result of pent-up, negative emotions. Learning to successfully...
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I Forgive You – Do You Forgive Me?

It Stings, but BEE FORGIVING! 
Are you hurting?  Read this exercise below out loud:I forgive You.
I am letting my resentment go >->->->->->->- far away from me. I am keeping my inner peace close. I will not hold a grudge toward you and this difficult matter. By forgiving you, I am not condoning damaging, hurtful behavior!...
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One Key to Happier Communication

Thoughts lead to words. Words lead to actions. Actions produce consequences: good or bad?  Happy or sad? Love or hate? Calm or chaos? War or peace? I'll take the peace, please--THANKS! Oh, and please add love, happy, calm and good while you're at it!

As an extreme extrovert, I really admire the quiet ones who have the amazing ability and self-control to hold dear and near, close and private their deepest...
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Joan Winifred

Seeking Solitude and Avoiding Isolation

Seeking solitude but avoiding isolation is a tricky skill to balance. Solitude at times can be beneficial -- too much can be dangerous isolation. Especially if your partner or loved one is severely depressed and/or suicidal!

Of course, when one is not feeling well, who wants to be around tons of people? Usually, we seek quiet, solace and solitude. As a busy mom of four, I like to enjoy quiet,...
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Suicide Prevention – Constant Vigilance and Ongoing Education

Please note: before publishing this I discussed the post with my husband to make sure he was okay/comfortable with me talking about his struggle with suicidal thinking. His response was positive.

As the constant advocate, he feels it will be therapeutic for me as well helpful to others to talk about this difficult topic. The issues of suicide and caregiving, and loving and living with a...
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