You may already be familiar with CaringBridge, the website that makes it easy for people to share health news and updates and also offer support to others. The site, in essence, fosters hope through storytelling. Like MOBE, CaringBridge also recognizes the power people have to choose the way they feel and control their own health. That's why this recent Star Tribune story caught our eye: "CaringBridge starts national conversation on 'How We Heal' - new campaign explores how storytelling and medicine can work together."
One of the first lessons CaringBridge staffers learn is that people often start their healing journey by making the intellectual and emotional decision to recover...”
We're no strangers to these ideas at MOBE. In fact, these are key beliefs in the MOBE Guided Self-Management Program. Every day, MOBE Guides work with people to help them discover their ability to change the way they feel and control their own health. Quite often, they explore these those lessons together through stories.
While every approach is different, one universal truth emerges: Healing is a choice. ” - campaign website
Sharing stories. Finding support. Listening to what your body already knows. These are all important parts of any health journey. How have you made them part of yours?
Next time anger, disappointment, fear, or anxiety threaten your mood, take a pause. Then, take a few minutes to try one of these research-based methods for retraining your mind to stress less.
To boost medication adherence, there are plenty of apps and products geared toward helping you remember to take your meds—from simple “days of the week” pill boxes to digital reminders, these prompts help those who struggle with medication schedules, especially if multiple meds are involved. But what if memory and organization aren’t the real issues for you? Although recalling medication instructions is an important part of adherence, that’s not the only reason people might feel challenged when sticking to a medication. Here are some other possibilities that you might experience...
Most patients feel that time crunch that comes with doctor visits—as soon as the physician walks through the exam room door, the imaginary stopwatch begins. This highlights the need to be as efficient as possible in addressing your needs, getting your questions answered, and communicating important health info like medication side effects or making sure your medications are still working or needed. Here are five strategies for making your next visit more effective...
Behavior scientists have made exciting discoveries in recent decades about how we can help ourselves build the habits we desire. It isn’t “one-size-fits-all,” and different techniques work for different challenges. But research supports that habit change resides inside your mind. And that experimenting with techniques like these are where to begin...
Just imagining a stressful event or situation may make your heart beat faster, your palms sweat and your mind kick into high-alert mode. But what if that stress response isn’t always bad? What if it can actually be beneficial? And what if there is actually a difference between a good stressor and bad stressor? Researchers are finding that there is more to the story than you might expect from all the bad press about stress.
Medicine isn’t perfect. For every breakthrough that cures a disease (or makes it easier to live with one) there are many more treatments that only help a little. And there are many more that may have no effect or that may actually cause a particular person more harm than good. So, it’s important to approach any decision that affects your health, or the health of someone you love, with eyes wide open.