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  1. The Mystical Super-Powers of Your Zzzzzzs

    The Mystical Super-Powers of Your Zzzzzzs

    OK, I admit it, you won’t find me jogging at any other time. But did you know that when you sleep, no matter how quietly your body is lying there, your brain is running laps?

    We used to think that sleep was a time when the brain rested just as much as the body did.

    Now we know that our brains are arguably as active during sleep as they are during waking hours.

     

     

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  2. Northwell Nurses Got Talent! Watch These 9 Minutes for a Mega-Dose of Uplift…

    Northwell Nurses Got Talent! Watch These 9 Minutes for a Mega-Dose of Uplift…

    We'd love watching this group of nurses kill it on America's Got Talent no matter what, they're so inspiring and full of energy and fun. But the fact that they're from Northwell Health, the forward-thinking hospital system that uses 3 different Health Journeys guided imagery streaming pages to dispense resilience and mental health to patients and staff alike?? Well, that's just the best.

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  3. How Do We Love Thee, Amazing New Kickass App? Let Us Count the Ways….

    How Do We Love Thee, Amazing New Kickass App? Let Us Count the Ways….

    Okay, so we know many of you’ve been perfectly happy with our old app, but some of you have suffered frustrating glitches and have wished certain features were otherwise.

    Lord knows, we tried to get the developers to fix them. Sometimes they did. Sometimes they didn’t. Mostly it was a feckless time-suck on our end. They kind of had us over a barrel, so the best we could do was pull out every possible trick from our well-worn Book o’ Shameless Persuasive Tactics – begging, flattering, challenging, appealing to their higher instincts, appealing to their lower instincts… you name it, we tried it. 

    Bottom line: they were not losing sleep over the ways they were leaving us flatfooted. (Clearly they had not been exposed to my mother, who liked to wag her bony, arthritic finger while saying “A deal’s a deal”.)

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  4. So, Can Guided Imagery Do Anything for "Long COVID"?

    So, Can Guided Imagery Do Anything  for "Long COVID"?

    I’m starting to feel like there might be an end in sight to the pandemic, at least here in the U.S.

    I’m hugely grateful that vaccines were available so quickly, and that they’re working so well. Every day, I check the number of U.S. cases and deaths, and I see them trending downward as the number of shots in arms rises. The slow but steady improvement seems like nothing less than a full-on, inspiring razzle-dazzle miracle of science.

    But at the same time, I can’t help thinking about the “long haulers”, or people with “long COVID.”

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  5. 4 Small but Smart Self-Care Tips For Mental Health Awareness Month

    4 Small but Smart Self-Care Tips For Mental Health Awareness Month

    It’s with a certain degree of eye-rolling that we announce that it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Dear People.  The irony is not lost on us.

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  6. Ticked Off by Lyme Disease?

    Ticked Off by Lyme Disease?

    Ticks are disgusting. They lurk around in moist, humid woods and grasses just waiting for warm, delicious you to wander by, and then they jump on and bite down. They can gorge so much on your tasty, tasty blood that they swell up to several times their original size. And if that wasn’t gross enough, that tick could be carrying the organism that causes Lyme disease in its digestive system – and spewing it into your bloodstream while it eats.

    Yuck!

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  7. A GIFT!!! Because It’s Nurses Week, and We Love Nurses!

    A GIFT!!! Because It’s Nurses Week, and We Love Nurses!

    That’s right, people. Nursing Greatness is not news to us, and we are no fly-by-night fans.  Every year, we celebrate Nurses Week, which starts on May 6th and goes through the 12th (which, not coincidentally, is the birthday of the redoubtable, Badass Nurse for All Seasons, Florence Nightingale). 

    Did you know that 2021 marks the 19th year in a row that nurses were voted the most honest, ethical, and trusted profession in the U.S.? How’s that for a winning streak?

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  8. Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    Type 2 Diabetes, Guided Imagery, & the Hispanic Connection

    I’ve known my good friend, Dr. Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES, for over 25 years. She’s a dedicated nurse, professor and researcher, a creative program innovator, and a die-hard health care advocate, provider, and counselor, who’s spent decades showing people with diabetes how to optimize their health, reduce their symptoms, and take ownership of self-care. This is my friend’s passion.

    Over the years, I’ve seen her, time and again, go the extra mile (or two… or ten…) for patients and their families. She’ll literally stop what she’s doing to give whatever time, effort or advice is needed from her monsta supply of expertise. For Jane, it’s never been about the honors, positions, awards, degrees, or revenue she’s earned. It’s always about the patient – whether rich or poor, old or young, motivated or utterly dispirited, my dynamo pal Jane is all in.

    Here she is, talking about guided imagery, diabetes, and some of the unique challenges encountered in Hispanic and Latinx communities.

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  9. Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Alone, Lonely, or Cut Off Altogether – How Isolated Have You Been Feeling?

    Well, it’s been a whole year now since we all retreated from our normal social lives to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So, I’ve got to ask: how are you doing?

    Now, admittedly, some people are deep-dish introverts who, before this past year, never could cadge enough alone-time to ponder, reflect, absorb or process the day’s events and their own thinking about them. Those folks are stressed when they don’t have enough time away from others.

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  10. Is Graceful Aging Even Possible? Here’s What the Bodacious *Nancy Aronie* Has to Say about That…

    Is Graceful Aging Even Possible? Here’s What the Bodacious *Nancy Aronie* Has to Say about That…

    Behold some girlfriends appreciating each other. Just so you know, the fabulous dame in the middle is a yoga instructor named Bonnie Menton, and she’s well over 100 years old. Which leads me to our quest. Stay with me here:

    For some time now, we’ve been asking talented friends and colleagues if they’d consider taking a crack at creating some guided imagery for aging – a topic that generates a lot of requests from our readers in the over 50 age group.

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