Tidbit of the Week for May 24, 2020: COVID Mask Hacks & Other Tips

We have a few tips and a tool to share with you this week. First off…Mask Hacks! Are you sore behind your ears from wearing a mask 8 to 12 hours a day? Well, nurse.org has some simple and creative ways to help make those masks more comfortable. Give one (or two!) of these ideas a try and send us pics:

https://nurse.org/articles/face-mask-ear-pain-relief/

And Dailycaring.com highlighted a recent article that offers some great stress relief advice (this tidbit writer has tried it, and it works J) Here it is in a nutshell from www.dailycaring.com:

This 10 minute exercise gives stress relief for caregivers

When we’re exhausted, stressed, and starting down a negative emotional spiral, it can be easy to overlook the things that are going right.

Dr. Mann’s simple stress relief exercise has 6 questions:

  1. What experiences, no matter how small or simple, gave you pleasure?
  2. What praise and feedback did you receive?
  3. What were the moments of pure good fortune?
  4. What were your achievements, however small?
  5. What made you feel grateful?
  6. How did you express kindness?

When you’re feeling down or in need of a boost, jot down answers to these questions in a notebook or journal. (If you don’t feel like writing, review answers that you’ve previously written…but that means you need to do it at least once!)

The exercise is based on scientific research that shows that taking some time to reflect in these ways can help you slowly shift your mindset and eventually find more happiness in your life. And because of the way our memories work, a bad mood caused by one bad event can cause you to think about other causes of stress and unhappiness.

If that happens, reading through your journal can help you to break out of that negative spiral. Here’s a link to the original article: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20181016-how-to-boost-your-mood-with-one-10-minute-exercise

Finally, you may remember when we shared with you a “My Story” page, where you and staff could note the preferences and life story highlights of residents to help you better care for them. Well we’ve created a “COVID-19” version (see below) which allows you to note resident preferences that can be key during this crisis, especially when residents are socially isolated and you may have staff changes. Feel free to edit as you wish, and let us know what you think!

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