Mid-Week Balance: 20 June 2012

Hi there–it’s already Wednesday!  That means it is time for my round-up of good reads and thought-provoking posts for the week.  This is a grab-bag week.  I’ve got posts on all kinds of things.  I’m leading off with a post that is very different from most of the posts that I feature here.  Normally, I’m looking for resources that will support your self-care, challenge you to think about ways that you might grow, or just generally contribute to bringing a smile to your day. This week, I’m also including something that I found incredibly frustrating and incredibly moving, all in one.

The Post About Why Something has to Change in Health Care

The first post is a personal narrative of a patient with a chronic illness, detailing some of the challenges she faces in trying to access health care.  This would be upsetting if it were just a single story.  But the truth is, her story is the story of thousands of patients in our country.  It is an excellent example of why we need real change, not just lip-service to being “patient-centered.”  I hope that you read this, and feel moved to share it, to take part in some action for change–to make these stories a thing of the past.

The Grab-Bag Posts

Do you have a busy schedule?  Are you required to do a fair bit of multi-tasking?  This post from the Wildmind blog summarizes a study that suggests meditation training might actually help you be a more-effective multi-tasker.  I know, the two seem paradoxical to me too, but it’s an interesting read.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but our brains often tend to highlight things that are negative.  So I am a big fan of tools that help us focus on the positive, like this gratitude exercise from Dr. Elisha Goldstein.

I have written before about the fact that sometimes our anger has valuable information for us.  This post from Christy Matta, MA does a nice job of exploring some ideas about what anger is, and isn’t–and how to manage anger in healthy ways.

Seth Godin is generally great at presenting a valuable idea in a concise way.  That is evident in this post on people who are negative.

In recent months, Mara at Medicinal Marzipan has done a nice job of exploring how some hurtful behaviors masquerade as self-care.  This post is another good example.

That’s what I have for you this week.  As always, if you have a favorite resource, please feel free to share it in the comments.



4 thoughts on “Mid-Week Balance: 20 June 2012

  1. These types of problems with health insurance and “illness management” (I wouldn’t call it health care) seem to be the rule these days rather than the exception. How is it that our sickness care system in the US is the most expensive in the world, yet our life expectancy is below that of many third-world countries? It’s truly horrifying to wonder if something catastrophic happens to me that my insurance company might refuse to pay for medical services. How do you fight for your rights when you’re unconscious?

    1. Lynda,

      Great questions. I that makes it so much more important for those of us who are able to speak to lift our voices. And thanks for the “positive” link as well!!

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