Being grateful: Giving thanks helps with depression

By Gabrielle J. Melin, M.D.

Depression can zap your confidence.

Some days you may feel like you can’t even follow through with the smallest of tasks. Being grateful can do wonders for your mood.

This doesn’t have to be elaborate or detailed. I suggest that you write down three things each day that you’re thankful for. This can be three sentences or three words, the simpler the better. Keep paper or a journal by your bedside and jot in it daily. This can be at bedtime or in the morning, whichever works best for you.

What’s so nice about jotting down why you’re being grateful is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort and is very powerful. Looking back over what you’ve written can help you to evaluate and learn where you’ve been and who you have become. This is a simple, reasonable goal that you can accomplish. This will build up your sense of positive self worth. You can do it, and you deserve to invest in yourself.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Mayo Clinic article

Coping with the ups and downs of managing diabetes

By Nancy Klobassa, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.

I recently found out that someone from my past, whom I had lost contact with, died several years ago at age 51. This young man had a special place in my teenage heart and I’m grieving his death. I was also informed that he had developed type 1 diabetes, after my knowing him (it’s my understanding his death was unrelated to the diabetes).

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little more philosophical and I’ve been thinking about the ups and downs we all face in life. Just when we think everything is going well, we hit a speed bump, a roadblock or even our own demise. I think being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes would be a definite roadblock — or more likely make you feel like you got hit by a Mack truck.

How does one, day in and day out, cope and continue to cope with a chronic disease such as diabetes? Is there ever a halcyon time? “Halcyon” comes from a bird identified with the kingfisher, and in an ancient legend it nested at sea during winter solstice and just by its very presence calmed the waves during incubation. Does it seem that there periods when managing your diabetes is easier than usual, and other times it seems like no matter what you do the blood sugars are out of control?

I see in my practice some people who never find a halcyon period in coping with their diabetes. We all know that everyone has different coping skills, and I’ve seen individuals with diabetes who have great coping skills. To them, diabetes is little more than an inconvenience.

What are good coping skills and how do we develop them? Try these tips:

§ Avoid negative thinking — “It doesn’t matter what I do, I’ll get diabetes complications anyway (not true).”

§ Self talk — It’s OK to talk to yourself, you’ll feel better.

§ Play music — I play the drums and there are times they really vibrate.

§ Do something — Walk, dance, clean the house, wash the car.

§ Call someone — Friends are good.

§ Pray — Someone who always listens.

§ Ride it out — Experience the wave of emotion and let it go.

§ Take a bath and add candlelight

§ Help someone else — Take the focus off yourself (poor you).

§ Write a blog — This week it was a helpful coping skill.

Stroke Detector – Stick our your tongue!

Blood Clots/Stroke – There is now a fourth Indicator, the Tongue.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke because symptoms of a stroke can difficult to identify. Here’s how a bystander can get a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and begin to get a stroke victim medically cared for within 3 hours.

1.Ask the person to SMILE.

2.Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(e.g., It is sunny out today.)

3.Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

4.Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his Tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, or has a crooked tongue call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. So Remember the above four steps – S. T. R. T.

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