Season Survival

What and who is most important to you during this holiday season? Plan accordingly even if it means saying No to some things. What are you feeling? Don’t smother it. Talk or journal instead. Don’t try to eat or drink your feelings away because you feel you need to be “up” all the time. ScheduleContinue reading “Season Survival”

Holiday Grief

Anybody who has experienced loss, especially family loss, may find their loss triggered over the holidays, by good memories and not so good, and experience sadness, regret, and even depression. Anybody working with the dying carries a certain amount of grief because of the work you do. So holidays can be a double emotional whammy.Continue reading “Holiday Grief”

Covid Care Burnout?

Barbara Karnes writes booklets for Healthcare Workers, Hospices, and Deathcare workers. I have used many of her resources on death and dying as a chaplain. If the following quote resonates with you, then check out the full article on healthcare worker burnout and maybe look into her booklets as well. Dear Barbara, I work asContinue reading “Covid Care Burnout?”

Thought for the Day-Religion vs. Spirituality

“Religion is for people who are scared of hell; Spirituality is for people who have been there.” As a hospital worker in 2021 you have seen hell. You may have felt you were living in it some days. But you have survived. This may not be the time to question God or your religious affiliationContinue reading “Thought for the Day-Religion vs. Spirituality”

All Grief during Covid is Traumatic

When healthcare professionals lose a patient there will be grief and all the complexities that grief entails: anger, sadness, guilt, overwhelm, even relief. If these reactions are not expressed, shared, or released in some way they will eat away at your stomach, your self-esteem, your energy, your overall health, your sleep, your peace of mind…Continue reading “All Grief during Covid is Traumatic”

Getting better sleep

Separating Sleep Time From Screen Time Ensuring that screens don’t stifle your ability to get enough high-quality sleep is easy, but requires planning. The Sleep Foundation offers the following tips: Create a technology-free bedroom. Decrease your screen time during the day and the night. Don’t work in bed. Avoid looking at screens two to threeContinue reading “Getting better sleep”