I need to relax. I tell my clients this each time they meet with me. I KNOW this in my head, but my body might not be experiencing the benefits of relaxation. That could be directly tied to this fact – I’m not so good at relaxing.

When we are tense, our minds are not working at their optimal level. This is true in the presence of dementia or absence of dementia. We need to get space between our ears and our shoulders. We need to breathe. We need to relax the body AND the mind. We need time just for ourselves.

Yesterday I had a session with my Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, and she spent a little time on that subject. It seems there are a few stressful issues in my life that are causing my health concerns. Believe it or not, those stressors are NOT my mother’s Alzheimer’s. However, I need to learn to let go of those stressor for my own health’s sake. If I am not healthy, how can I take care of Momma in her journey of dementia?

IMG_0751With all this in mind, I thought of two peaceful settings I have experienced in the last few days. Yesterday, my husband and I had the privilege of walking along the banks of Lake Norman in Davidson, North Carolina. It was peaceful and serene, and I could feel relaxation taking place.

Last week we were offering private music to a hospice client, and I noticed the view from her living room door. I saw this huge tree and the green grass around it. I thought, “I would love to sit under that tree, play my ukulele, and maybe— possibly— relax.”

Think about what helps you relax and pursue those things. Your body, and your loved one with dementia, will be glad you did.

Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.


Sometimes, You’ve Just Got To Laugh!

John Morgan decided to take a trip to the park and lay down in the grass. A man walks up to him and asks “that looks comfortable, are you relaxing?” John replies “No Sir, I am John Morgan”.

Later, another man comes up to John and also asks him “the grass looks great, are you relaxing?”

Annoyed, John says “No sir… I am John Morgan”. Finally a third man comes up to John and asks him the same question.

Annoyed, John gets up and walks to the other side of the park where he sees another man laying on the grass. He shouts “ARE YOU RELAXING?” the man replies “why, yes I am” John replies “good, they are looking for you on the other side of the park”

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