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The Power of Joy
Time to Focus on Me
by Nancy Werteen
I can tell it’s back to school because I looked around at my house a couple weeks ago and said, “What a flipping mess!” We just spent too much time racing in and racing out and dumping wet swimsuits and towels and trying to keep up with the ever-changing summer schedule. Now there’s still some chaos but at least we have a solid routine and I actually have some time with no one in the house to notice what it looks like, to see the overflowing junk drawer and the dust under the computer table.
 
Over the years of raising kids, I recognized early on that September would bring a little more breathing room. But in typical me fashion, I’ve made it more hectic by scheduling all my annual exams for September: the gynecologist, dental cleaning, yearly mammogram. This time of year, I think I feel like catching my breath and taking care of me a little bit. Listen I love the lazy days of summer-even if they aren’t really that lazy but I do find myself kind of metaphorically under water for most of July and August.
 
So this month is recovery time. For the kids, it seems like back to school is a clean slate. I sent them off with shiny new notebooks and backpacks. Remember that feeling when you were a kid? With all that new gear, you felt like you could do anything! Well this is my clean slate this month. I’m trying to focus on me a little bit. I say a little bit because I am famous for making unattainable “to-do” lists. So this one is a little more user friendly. The plan is to catch my breath and steal a few luxuries in between that visit to the gynecologist and getting that mammogram!
 
The Power of Now
The WC News and Events
Look for The Wisdom Coalition at the Senior Helpers Alzheimer's and Dementia Seminar featuring Teepa Snow on October 7th, 2016 at the Days Inn in Allentown. This is a free event for professionals, caregivers and families dealing with an alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis. For information go to: 
http://www.seniorhelpers.com/lehighvalley/
Nuggets of Wisdom
From:  Pam Bartlett/Owner of Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley
Nancy Werteen:  Why is it so important to take care of ourselves?

Pam Bartlett/Owner of Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley:
People who care for others often neglect themselves.  The demands of caregiving can be very stressful, and lead to chronic illness. It’s important to take time for yourself.  You are not being selfish by putting your needs first, you are preserving your health, and ensuring that you can continue to care for your loved ones. Take the time to do something that brings you joy, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 


 
The Power of Why
Self Care is Vital for Our Health
by Kim Howie

Many of us spend the majority of our day pleasing and caring for others at home, in the office, or out in the community. This may ultimately lead to feelings of resentment; particularly if our needs always come last.

Overstressed and overworked, we often find ourselves hitting the point where we feel emotionally bankrupt, especially when we lack outlets or resources for managing our multiple responsibilities and the never ending “to do” lists. 

If we continually give to others, we will feel depleted and will wake up one day to realize that our well has run dry and we have no more to give. Just as we need to refuel our car’s gas tank, it’s imperative that we refill our well.

We must first take care of ourselves, so that we can then take care of others. Think about the airplane analogy where parents are instructed to place the oxygen mask on themselves before they place it on their child. When we nourish ourselves, those around us reap the rewards. As we decide to take care of ourselves in a more attentive, proactive, and nurturing way, we are protecting and replenishing our energy reserves so that we actually have more to offer our loved ones and the outside world. 

The physical benefits from practicing self care are numerous. They span from relaxation and stress reduction to disease prevention. Many of these benefits stem from lower cortisol levels. When our body is in a state of relaxation it does not produce cortisol, therefore decreasing the risk of heart disease and dementia, while improving immune system function and decreasing symptoms from autoimmune diseases.

Self care can also improve our emotional health. Many forms of self care help to increase the production of our happy hormones. Having a well-cared-for body can help you to feel good about yourself and your life. In addition, taking time to care for yourself can convey to others that you value yourself and remind them that your needs are important too. In many ways, you teach others how to treat you by demonstrating that you find yourself worthy of care. Long term feelings of well-being are often associated with those who actively make time for their own self care, pursuits, and interests.

Self care can also make you a better caregiver. People who spend their time only caring for others can be at high risk for becoming burned out. Those who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves typically experience deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem, and feelings of resentment than those who reserve time to recharge their batteries.  

So be sure to put yourself back on your priority list, and create a routine that includes time for self care!

The Who Behind The Wisdom Coalition
The Wisdom Coalition, LLC has been created by Kim Howie, Certified Health Coach, author, and designer of the Pure Energy Program, and Nancy Werteen, television news reporter and anchor with WFMZ-TV-69, currently producing a series called, “Life Lessons” which focuses on health and wellness tips, along with guidance and support from advising partner, Heather Rodale, VP of Community Outreach and a member of the Board of Directors for Rodale Inc., as well as founder of the not-for-profit organization, Healing Through The Arts.

The Wisdom Coalition has an amazing Board of Advisors with diverse skills who provide advice and support.

Our Mission: To create a collaborative community to help women flourish, thrive, and find joy in the journey of life.

Our Basis:  We believe in the power of women supporting other women and the wisdom we all have to teach one another how to find joy in the journey of life.
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