Friday, May 29, 2020

Thought For The Day

With all the darkness that is in the world right now, and to everyone who faces their own internal struggles on a daily basis, how about we embrace our humanity and carry this straightforward but compassionate message into the new month ahead.

#LifeIsPrecious #YouAreWorthIt #Mindfulness

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lander Pet Connection - Full Bowls...Full Hearts

All donations to the Lander Pet Connection are distributed throughout the local community to help those in need with pets.

Learn more about making donations here:

#LanderPetConnection #AdoptDontShop #OptToAdopt


Friday, May 22, 2020

Thought For The Day

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.

Why did you spill the coffee? 

"Because someone bumped into me!!!"

Wrong answer.

You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. 

Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

*Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.*

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.

*So we have to ask ourselves... “what's in my cup?"*

When life gets tough, what spills over?

Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility? 

Anger, bitterness, harsh words, and reactions? 

Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it. 

Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness, and love for others. 

(Shared from a friend whose cup is full of goodness and inspiration.)

#LifeIsPrecious #Perspective #Inspiration 
#Goodness #Mindfulness

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Resuscitation In A Time Of COVID-19

A new infographic by the American Heart Association outlines key considerations regarding resuscitation administered by healthcare providers who are treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

#AmericanHeartAssociation ##HealthCareProviders #CPR #COVID19 #DuringATimeOfPlague

Monday, May 18, 2020

Copying With Anxiety In A Time Of COVID-19

 Illustrator: Kate Allen

It is not uncommon to experience anxiety and fear when hearing information about an infectious disease that is impacting individuals across the globe. Social distancing is also causing us all to temporarily change our daily routine, which can feel uncomfortable.

It is important to learn the facts related to the risks and speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have about your own health and COVID-19. If you are experiencing anxiety or fear related to COVID-19, these tips may help you feel more comfortable. 

It is normal to feel a range of emotions when you hear about COVID-19 in the news or in your social/family circle. Emotions may include:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Fear
• Anger

Everything you feel and think is normal. However, at times our feelings keep us from living our day to day life in a way that works for us. This can happen when our emotions impact our ability to make decisions or carry on with our activities of daily life. 

If you ever feel overwhelmed by your feelings, there are actions you can take to begin to feel more in control. Options to help you deal with your feelings include:

• Hobbies
• Exercise
• Meditation
• Listening to music
• Take time outdoors
• Talking to your doctor
• Talk to your friends and family
• Talking to a mental health professional
• Taking a break from news media and social media
• Learning about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risks

Learning the facts about COVID-19 can be the most helpful way to help alleviate anxiety and fear. For official guidance, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control website and the Wyoming Information Sharing Platform (WISP).

Once you educate yourself, if you are still feeling anxiety, it may be helpful to get understanding and empathy from a mental health professional who is knowledgeable about anxiety and how to manage it.

For immediate and confidential support 24/7, you can call 211. If you see a mental health professional already, this would be a good time to call and speak to them about your thoughts and feelings.

Give yourself time and space to talk about how you feel anytime your thoughts and emotions become intrusive or uncomfortable. You always deserve the opportunity to explore what is on your mind, and help is always available by calling 211. 

Learning the facts about COVID-19, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and finding activities that distract you from virus news are all excellent ways to make yourself feel better. Know that there is a wealth of resources, education, and support available to you.

 Illustrator: Kate Allen

#Anxiety #YouAreStrong
#LifeIsPrecious #DuringATimeOfPlague #MentalHealthMatters

Sunday, May 17, 2020

EMS Week 2020

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities.

#EMS Week #EMSStrong 
#AmericanRedCross #NAEMT #NREMT

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thought For The Day

Communicating effectively in a relationship, be that a friendship or a marriage, is one of the most powerful ways that human beings can strengthen the bond between them. 

Communicating in a healthy, productive way is much more effective and shows greater respect towards others in your life.

#Communication #Listen #Feelings 
#Mindfulness #Respect

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Nursing In A Time Of Crisis

Nursing has been at the core of the International Red Cross Movement since the beginning and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, first came to public attention as an amateur nurse who provided aid to soldiers during the Civil War.

Today’s Red Cross nurses are continuing a proud tradition of service that stretches back to the earliest days the organization, volunteering as clinicians, educators, leaders, and more. Red Cross healthcare workers exemplify the core values of Compassion; Expertise and Trust.

Read more about the role of nursing in this Colorado & Wyoming Red Cross Blog article.

#AmericanRedCross #ClaraBarton #Nursing
#Compassion #Expertise #Trust

Monday, May 11, 2020

Living With Anxiety In A Time Of Plague

Illustrator: Kate Allen

Anxiety has a way of sending your brain into complete overdrive. I know, it happens all too frequently with me!

The mental health condition, which affects an estimated 40 million adults in the USA alone, is notorious for causing excessive rumination and intense worry. It’s common for those living with the issue to think about a mistake and believe they’re worthless or a failure, for example. Believe me, you are none of those things!

Sometimes, a feeling of panic comes up for no reason at all. Possibly accentuated during times of stress and perceived isolation. And this is all in addition to the physical symptoms, like stomach pains and headaches. So no fun at all!

If you’re living with anxiety, it’s important to know that there are ways to manage it. If your anxiety becomes debilitating, it’s important to seek help from loved ones that understand, skilled friends who know how to listen or, even better, mental health professionals. 

Reading uplifting cartoons and memes are a great momentary antidote, but nothing substitutes for good care and support.

Feeling better is totally possible. I care. You care. We care. Together we will defeat this shit!

Illustrator: Kate Allen

#Anxiety #LifeIsPrecious #MentalHealthMatters #YouAreStrong

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

American Red Cross Military Appreciation Month

It’s Military Appreciation Month and the American Red Cross is proud to honor those who serve in the military. The Red Cross stands beside our heroes from the day they enlist, throughout their military careers and beyond. 

The Red Cross provides critical services with a caring touch wherever and whenever it is needed - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - serving military members and their families at home and around the world.

We want to say thank you to all our active duty service members! Supporting the military and their families has been a key part of our mission since the Spanish American War.

Visit the Colorado and Wyoming Red Cross blog to learn how they were able to support a disabled veteran and mother.

#AmericanRedCross #Volunteer #DisasterResponse

Friday, May 01, 2020

Thought For The Day

Image Credit: Joanna Watala

A powerful, emotionally provocative photograph of two beautiful women with similar body image issues; they simply handled their emotional baggage differently.

If our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, what would we actually define as being beautiful? Would there be as many people craving the unachievable ‘perfect’ look?

Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there is no such thing as perfect.

More of Joanna Watala's images can be found on Instagram.

#BlackAndWhite #Beauty #LifeIsPrecious