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Stop Being “Perfect”

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” I read this statement one day on a poster in the front lobby of a dry-cleaning shop, of all places.  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  You mean, I have permission to be happy without every little thing in my life being in place?… Continue reading Stop Being “Perfect”

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Pain Assessment Questions

One essential first step in assessing pain in the older adult is realizing that many older adults refer to pain using different words that a younger population may use. The following questions can help elicit effective information about their pain: Where does it hurt? Ask them to point to the location of the pain. How… Continue reading Pain Assessment Questions

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Your Authentic Life

What does “living with authenticity” mean to you?  What does it feel like?  It might be easier to describe what NOT living authentically feels like.  For example, when what you truly believe is stuffed down inside, when you’re really unhappy at work, when you have a bad gut feeling when you hang out with certain… Continue reading Your Authentic Life

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Trust Your Gut

Have you ever wondered why we have this saying: trust your gut?  We don’t say, “Trust your liver.”  Or, “Trust your spleen…”  It turns our we have such a complex and developed neuron system in our “gut” that it’s been called our second brain. “Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists… Continue reading Trust Your Gut