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To Numb or To Experience: Sometimes that is our Question.

Shauna Summers

8/14/2018

I am a woman who appreciates clarity, therefore, I like to start with definitions of the terms I am using; to make sure everyone is on the same page. Emotional numbing is what we do when we don’t want to feel something uncomfortable; we avoid the uncomfortable. We as a culture have understood alcohol and street drugs to be ways to escape uncomfortable feelings. Now, with the opiod epidemic we are aware that overusing prescription medications (too often these are prescribed pain medications that are highly addictive) are being used the same way. However, these aren’t the only ways to “self-medicate” with comfort.


Caring for the caregiver

Clergy Assistance Program Blog

12/5/2017

"Family caregiving is the fastest-growing unpaid and often unacknowledged occupation in this country," says Lorraine Sailor, operations coordinator at Children of Aging Parents, a nonprofit charitable organization based in Levittown, Pa. A recent survey by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) found more than 54 million people give care each year. About 56 percent are women, according to the survey. Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing. The caregiver may be the only person who can take a loved one to doctors' appointments. The long-distance caregiver may call weekly, help with expenses or support the main caregiver.


Gingerbread cookies

Recipes

12/5/2017

Studies have found that ginger provides a load of health benefits, including soothing unsettled tummies, reducing blood cholesterol, and a whole lot more. When you make these fun gingerbread cookies, you can sit back and enjoy all their benefits!


Go Green this Holiday Season

Greenify Tips

12/5/2017

Here's seven simple steps you can take today to make for a green holiday season.


Noticing

PCC Guest Blogs

12/5/2017

Richard Rohr said, “We’re already in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” So noticing is something that helps strengthen my faith. That’s why, as I see signs of the seasons changing, I feel the need to gather up those I love and ask, how are my relationships? Do they need tending? How do I really feel? What can I do to prioritize my mental and physical health? How is my spirit? What can I do to reconnect with my creator? What can I start planting now that will bloom later?


14 best apps for dealing with stress, depression and anxiety

PCC Guest Blogs

10/23/2017

We’re living in times where it is difficult to take out time to relax and destress. We are all in a hurry to finish one or the other task. This makes life rather tedious, resulting in depression and anxiety. In fact, depression is one of the biggest evils of modern society. There is a new wave of apps available which are capable of helping people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. In this article, we explore the best stress- and anxiety-busting apps for your iOS and Android devices.


Getting started with exercise

Clergy Assistance Program Blog

10/23/2017

Why can't we embrace a routine that need only occupy the time we spend on watching one sitcom a day? The answer is more mental than physical. Adopting an exercise plan requires a change in schedule, lifestyle and perhaps self-image. We need to be realistic, and find activities that are fun.


Mental health minute

Mental Health Minute

10/23/2017

“Play is the purest expression of love” says psychiatrist Stuart Brown, M.D. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells as well as infection-fighting antibodies which improves your resistance to disease. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins which promote an overall sense of wellbeing. There is wisdom to the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”


The first holiday after a loss

Shauna Summers

10/23/2017

The first holiday season following a death feels like a complicated negotiation. The loss seems to be highlighted by the holiday and all that the holidays bring: family, tradition, and tender moments. Those who are grieving don’t know how to get through the first holiday without their loved person and those who care about a grieving person want to be helpful but are equally confused about how to do it. It’s a situation that is poignantly human.


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