Monthly Archives: June 2015
Posted: June 30, 2015Categories: Attitudes & Approaches, Ask Belleruth
My therapist told me that I should only listen to the guided imagery with headphones, but I don't see that recommended anywhere here.
Is there a more powerful effect with headphones?
Also, if so, is the same true for the affirmations?
Thanks so much!
Posted: June 29, 2015Categories: Update from Health Journeys
Just a quickie reminder that Cindy's insanely successful Friends and Family Sale ends on July 5th. (Yikes, how did July happen so fast?)
If I remember correctly, it offers a whopping 20% off of anything that isn't already discounted. You can find a description of this terrific special promotion here.
I also want to remind you that our 'God-free' version of the posttraumatic stress affirmations is now ready in download format, free to any trauma survivors who were triggered or distressed or offended by the affirmation that makes reference to feeling safe in the hands of God. You can get all the back story and directions on how to get the download sent to you here.
Posted: June 26, 2015Categories: Hospice & Palliative Care, Cancer/Oncology, Inspiring Stories
This note arrived in the mailbox, and this is definitely not the first time we've heard these sentiments. There's something to be said for having your heart cracked wide open by all the love, care and appreciation that can surround a person who knows he/she is dying. Read on:
"I am a 69 year old man, in the hospital at the moment getting 5 days of chemotherapy treatment for another recurrence of a cancer that I've been fighting for 5 years. Realistically speaking, I probably have less than 6 months to live.
"I have an inspiring story of my own although it is obviously not about finding a miracle cure. I want to tell about the importance of friends and family, how they make all the difference, even though they can't cure this disease. I have been transformed by their love, concern and generous giving of time and work to me and my wife. It overwhelms me at times in a good way.
"I have always been a strong, silent type but lately my heart is touched many times a day. Tears fill my eyes from the affection and kindness people show. I understand I matter to them and that I contributed to their lives in a positive way. It is as if I can see myself and my life from outside myself, and it looks good. I am a happy man.
"My dear wife of 48 years shakes her head at the new me. My two daughters and son-in-law as well. I have meaningful conversations like never before. I thought this would be a worthwhile perspective for your readers. Blessings.
Posted: June 25, 2015Categories: Cancer/Oncology Research, Cancer/Oncology, Hot Research
Researchers from Mind Matters Research in Anchorage, Alaska, conducted a multi-site randomized trial to evaluate the impact on quality of life (QOL) benefits of an imagery-based group intervention titled 'Envision the Rhythms of Life'(ERL).
Breast cancer survivors more than 6 weeks post-treatment were randomized to attend either five weekly, 4-hour group sessions at a community center with therapist present (live delivery (LD), n = 48), or with the therapist streamed via telemedicine (telemedicine delivery (TD), n = 23), or to a waitlist control (WL) group (n = 47).
Weekly individual phone calls to encourage at-home practice began at session one and continued until the 3-month follow-up.
Seven self-report measures of QOL were examined at baseline, 1-month and 3-month post-treatment times, including health-related and breast cancer-specific QOL, fatigue, cognitive function, spirituality, distress, and sleep.
Posted: June 24, 2015Categories: NewsTags: posttraumatic stress
"Post-traumatic stress produces legions of heroes, whose every day is a test of their mettle," writes Belleruth Naparstek, in Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal. "PTSD is far more common than most of us think. All of us know several trauma survivors who've suffered from it, and very likely someone very close to us has been in its nasty grip."
This year, in order to bring greater awareness to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how many people are affected by it, the United States Senate designated June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day. In addition, June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).
The National Center for PTSD has adopted the theme, Learn, Connect, Share to raise awareness that PTSD touches us all. If we don't have PTSD, we are almost certain to know someone who does. We might not know they suffer symptoms of this debilitating condition, because they are often reluctant to share their stories out of guilt, shame or fear of re-visiting the trauma.
Posted: June 23, 2015Categories: Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD), Attitudes & Approaches, Ask Belleruth
I'm very new to guided imagery. After listening to Healing Trauma for a couple of weeks, I find that my mind now "goes off" somewhere (sort of like right before falling asleep, but not sleeping).
I am aware that thoughts are flitting in and out but I can't remember what I was "thinking" about or otherwise doing. And I have no memory of anything said on the CD. This usually lasts for most of the entire CD.
I feel relaxed when I "awake" but am wondering if, because I don't remember hearing anything on the CD past the first few minutes, if I am missing the whole point or IS that the whole point? This doesn't happen when I just listen to the affirmations. Thank you for your answer.
Posted: June 22, 2015Categories: Update from Health Journeys
Okay, so a big thanks to our plucky, web-savvy Elizabeth (whom many of you have spoken with on the phone, especially if you're a health professional), for explaining to the rest of us what a Google Hangout on Air is. We'll now be hosting our very first live webinar on Thursday August 27th from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
This will be an open Q and A, back and forth, shoot-the-breeze, share-the-info with yours truly about any of your guided imagery questions, concerns, experiences, additions or corrections.
It's really easy to participate. The Hangout on Air platform allows for any number of attendees, who can type in questions and make comments as we roll along.
Posted: June 19, 2015Categories: Grief, Depression, Inspiring Stories
Dear Health Journeys and BR,
I am 64 years old. I was married for nearly 4 decades. Two years ago I lost my husband to a long, debilitating illness. Even though his death was expected, I was devastated. I became distraught, I didn't know what to do with myself. Every day was a burden. I became deeply depressed. I just wanted to sleep so I wouldn't feel the pain of the loss of my dear husband and best friend. My daughter became very concerned and made me see a counselor.
I feel that this wonderful, gentle, wise counselor and the guided imagery for grief that she gave me to listen to each day saved my life. I am not exaggerating. The imagery was a great comfort to me. I actually looked forward to it each evening. It became an oasis of peace, a time I could touch my husband again, through the love I still felt for him and always will feel for him. It was a time when the hurting and loneliness stopped. At first this was only while I was listening, but slowly it spread into other parts of the day. It was and continues to be a blessing and I wanted to say thank you.
Posted: June 18, 2015Categories: Depression Research, Fibromyalgia, Pain Research, Hot ResearchTags: illnesses & conditions
Researchers from the Department of Nursing and Physical Therapy at the University of Almeria and Poniente Hospital in Almeria, Spain evaluated the effects of guided imagery as a nursing intervention for pain management and depression in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Guided imagery has been used for different purposes and it is thought to be an effective intervention for people suffering from nonmalignant pain.
They conducted an 8-week long, 2-group, quasi-experimental study with 60 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, who were randomly assigned to either a guided imagery group (n = 30) or a control group (n = 30).
The outcomes measures were pain scores from the McGill Pain Questionnaire long form (MPQ-LF) and a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS); and depression scores from the Beck Depression Inventory and a VAS for depression. Effects were examined at baseline, post-intervention (4th week), and at 8 weeks post-intervention.
Posted: June 17, 2015Categories: News
Organized sports offer an excellent way to combine physical activity with camaraderie. Check out the availability of athletic activities through your school or community. Parents are also advised to look for summer camps and free programs offered through parks and libraries, and be sure to visit the website of your local YMCA.
A few years ago, I taught an all-day, six-week summer drama workshop for pre-teens. There were to be no more than 8 students and I had 15 and a waiting list of about 30. I separated them into groups and gave them assignments, so I could work one-on-one with each student on things like voice projection, blocking and auditioning. I wanted to be sure their parents got enough bang for their bucks.
What I learned was that they were not interested in acting-they just wanted something to do all summer.