Researchers in the School of Health and Human Performance, Division of Health Promotion, at Dalhousie University are seeking participants for their study that aims to describe employed caregivers’ experiences with their work and caregiving roles and to explore potential strategies to promote personal health and workplace productivity. Participants must be current employees of Dalhousie University who are providing ongoing, informal/unpaid care to an adult family member or friend.
Participation is voluntary and will require attendance to a face-to-face meeting that will include an interview discussion and the completion of a questionnaire. Participating will take approximately 85-100 minutes at a time convenient to the participant. This study has been approved by Dalhousie University’s Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (#2014-3258).
If you meet these criteria, wish to participate, and/or would like further information, please contact Leslie Binnington (Research Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Brad Meisner (Principal Investigator: Brad.Meisner@Dal.ca).
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout… run right back and make friends.
Bond with your pack.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
[What's stopping you?]
The following was written over a decade ago. Have we not learned anything?
Beliefs that Oppose Balance and Leisure
The Hidden Rules That Run Your Life
- You have to meet other people’s needs before you meet your own.
- If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
- You have to finish everything every day.
- You should always be busy.
- Leisure is a luxury.
- You have to be all things to all people.
- Sleep is for wimps.
- A woman’s work is never done.
- If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
- If you don’t work hard and work long hours, you won’t get ahead.
- Hard work = money = success.
- Being seen = commitment.
- I don’t need breaks.
- Saying No is not acceptable and, therefore, not an option.
- To ask for help is a weakness.
- If your boss is there, you should be there.
- I need to be available 24/7.
- Being a “work martyr” is a badge of honor.
Adapted from: Posen, D. (2003). The little book of stress relief. Toronto: Key Porter Books.
Fifteen childhood characteristics that sometimes get lost in adults:
1. Seek out things that are fun to do
2. Jump from one interest to another
3. Curious, eager to try new things
4. Smile and laugh a lot
5. Experience and express emotions freely
6. Creative and innovative
7. Physically active
8. Constantly growing mentally and physically
9. Risk often – are not afraid to keep trying something that they aren’t initially good at and aren’t afraid to fail
10. Rest when their body tells them to
11. Learn enthusiastically
12. Dream and imagine
13. Believe in the impossible
14. Generally don’t worry about things
Source: Ann McGee-Cooper – “You Don’t Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted!”