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Gail Straker

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Earthing Techniques for Earthlings

By | Stress Management

Here is what I discovered about it. Earthing is exactly what it sounds like. It is connecting with Mother Earth, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It may help reduce inflammation, pain, and stress. It can improve sleep, circulation, and mood. Earthing techniques may also help with anxiety, PTSD, and depression.  As…

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Difference Between Self-Care and Self-Caring

By | Self-care

Recently I have been pondering the terms, ‘Self-care’ and ‘Self-caring.’ Do you think they are the same terms? Me too, or, at least, I used to. I was surprised to discover a notable difference between these two terms. Let’s try and understand that today.  What is Self-Care? When thinking about…

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Benefits of “The Simple Hug”

By | Stress Management

The simple hug is not so simple. It has many benefits for us. A hug can show support, comfort, and consolation. It can take the place of words when there are no words that can express your feelings, or when words are not enough. A hug usually shows affection, fondness,…

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Mirror Exercises and Self-Care Tips

By | body image

Often, when we see photos of ourselves we are startled. We look away and we can’t believe we look like that. This is because we don’t recognize our bodies. We don’t look at ourselves to recognize and accept that this is what our bodies look like at this very moment…

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How to Stand up for Yourself

By | Self-care

One of the most wonderful things in this community is that we all support each other, stand with each other, and share a common bond. But do we do the same for ourselves? Do we even know how to stand up for ourselves? Advocating for oneself Self-advocacy can be extremely…

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Unmasking Our True Selves

By | Self-care

Due to COVID, we have spent a long time socially distancing and protecting ourselves and others. We have all become very used to wearing a mask in public. The masks we’ve been wearing and the distance we have been observing are literal masks and literal distance. Someday soon, hopefully, we…

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The Persistence of Women with Lipedema

By | Self-care

If there is one thing that can be said about those of us with Lipedema, it is that we are tenacious. We are like pit bulls. We never give up! We have had to tough out finding medical professionals who will listen to us, family and friends not understanding our…

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