Well-Being For Those Who Care for, Teach, Love someone with special needs

Well-Being For Those Who Care for, Teach, Love someone with special needs


Each of us has to find our own ways of creating Well-Being. When we support, love, teach or care for individuals with special needs we truly need to develop a Wellness Plan. Here are a few ideas for your plan

  • Join or create a support group for likeminded providers
  • Do things you love (movie, massage, music lessons, gardening, concerts)
  • Exercise (Walk, bike ride, swim, dance)
  • Spend time in Nature
  • Spend some time in Silence
  • Laugh more: “Laughter is inner jogging: 100 belly laughs are the cardiovascular equivalent of 10 minutes of rowing”
  • Write it down: Take a minute & write down what is stressing you. Make two lists, things which you can control & things you cannot. Focus on those you can control
  • At the end of each day write down the positives of the day
  • Learn to say NO
  • Spend time with people who do not drain you but energize you
  • MEDITATE
  • Did you know that meditation actually increases the thickness of the prefrontal cortex & slows down thinning that occurs as we age?
  • Did you know that University of California in Los Angeles USA, found mindfulness & meditation helped lower feelings of loneliness?
  • Did you know that the University of Michigan in USA documented lower levels of post-traumatic stress disorder after mindfulness in their military veterans?
  • Did you know that researchers at North Carolina University in USA found there was an increase in positive emotions when people practiced mindfulness, acceptance & good physical health?
  • Did you know that in Silicon Valley, in California, USA at the General Mills, company they have set up Meditation rooms in every building?
  • Did you know that Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Team in USA, encouraged longer sleeping & mindfulness for his players?
  • Did you know that Dr. Levy at University of Washington, USA says that Meditation is like doing repetitions at the gym, it strengths your attention muscle?
  • Dr. Schuller said, “Optimism produces health, healing, energy & power
  • Here are a few of his wisdoms
  • We have the choice to look at any situation and take it with a negative or positive attitude (choose positive)
  • Look at what you have left, not what you have lost
  • Keep your optimism growing by tapping into positive memories? Recall them, especially successes, learn from them, they can bring you power
  • Calm down. Relax. Think. Don’t make key decisions at a low point in your life
  • Believe things are possible. Set clear goals so life can improve. Devote time to these goals
  • Start small. Think Tall. Take small steps at first but never lose sight of the end results you want
  • IF WE FOLOW Dr. Schuller’s wisdoms we are helping achieve better health, increasing our energy & developing power to help those who need us to help them.
  • Robin Sharma is an author, speaker and coach. He believes that to be our best we will want to:
  • Focus on the things we do best
  • Be Kind
  • Give sincerely from the heart
  • Make choices that are right not just easy
  • Keep a journal of experiences & evaluate them & learn from them
  • Have bravery to try & fail than never to have tried at all
  • Take a weekly sabbatical & be alone for a few minutes
  • Have a Grateful Mantra & say daily
  • Learn to ask for what you want
  • Read great books
  • Forgive
  • Drink Fresh Juice
  • Develop three great friendships
  • Stop Complaining
  • Savor the simple stuff
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Live each day in a worthwhile way
Karen Kaplan