What We're Following Today July 7, 2020

Journaling for Sanity When Caregiving


DailyCaring.com had a nice post today about ways to use journaling to help deal with caregiver stress. We all need to vent from time to time, but that venting could come with repercussions (I.e., hurt feelings, animosity, regret, etc.). Journaling offers a fairly safe way to recognize what we’re dealing with and still get things “out” that may have been bottled up and causing angst.


Abraham Lincoln used to write and rewrite letters before sending them often using his first letter as a way to vent out his feelings and then reflecting on those feelings and adjusting the language appropriately before his final letter would be sent. In today’s culture we miss this moment of pause in favor of putting our feet in our mouths - so have a look at this post, 5 ways to reduce stress with Journaling.


https://dailycaring.com/5-ways-to-use-a-journal-to-reduce-caregiver-stress/


Caregiver Stress During the Pandemic


Harvard Review posted this article about how different medical organizations around the country are helping professional caregivers and medical pros connect and share best practices and insights. I’ll call out the 5 points in the article below, but if you are in a caregiver role, are a professional caregiver, or know someone in either of those buckets, it’s worth a read - they should know there are support systems out there. These types of practices can work for the at-home caregiver too.

  1. Encouraging Messages

  2. Space to Debrief and Recharge

  3. Resilience Resources

  4. Facilitated Support Groups

  5. Rapid Access to Mental Health Support

One thing that I didn’t see was the potential for faith to be a part of it. One’s church family can also help - even if not a “peer” group, there are people willing to help and support a person when they’re drained or exhausted.


https://hbr.org/2020/07/taking-care-of-our-caregivers

The Middle East Welcomes First Digital Hospital

This article in the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal calls out a new digital hospital open in the Middle East. Mulk Healthcare opened this digital hospital that not only liberates healthcare to those in the Middle East, but also all around the world. They envision democratizing the ability to get to the best specialists and doctors throughout the world from any place or location around the world. Could be very interesting to follow…

https://www.itij.com/latest/news/middle-east-welcome-its-first-digital-hospital



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