Self-Care for Caregivers

Many of us, including doctors, nurses, therapists, and first responders, choose and embrace the role of caregiver. However, some caregivers, such as parents, spouses, family members, and significant others, have the role thrust upon them when someone they love experiences a serious illness or a traumatic injury, like a burn.

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Self-Compassion:  What It Is, How It Can Help

How often do you catch yourself, saying unkind things to yourself? It seems that harsh self-judgment has become normal for many of us and we may even believe that it is the best way to motivate ourselves to do better. However, there is a better way to motivate yourself to do better, to deal with difficult situations, and to feel better in general. Self-compassion and mindfulness are linked by the growing awareness and evidence from a huge body of research that indicate that treating ourselves (and others) with kindness not only feels better but also allows us to make healthy changes and face new challenges with more success.

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Skin Care after a Burn Injury

Learn more about protecting your skin after a burn injury.

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Social Interaction after Burn Injury (MSKTC)

This resource offers strategies for dealing with staring, teasing, and questions after a burn injury.

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Stay Warm This Winter… Safely

Nice, but it’s hard to feel cozy if you don’t feel safe. Hot food and drinks, stoves, and fireplaces are all part of taking the sting out of the winter cold. They are good things! But don’t forget that with them come some additional risks. This article provides tips on heating safety.

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Summit Focuses on Peer Support for Burn-Injured Firefighters

Peer support for burn-injured firefighters and their families was the topic of a 2-day summit held in Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2013. Representatives of the Phoenix Society’s Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) program, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work gathered to discuss the specific support needs of burn-injured firefighters and their families.

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Taking That “Camp Magic” Home With You

This article offers advice for children returning from burn camp and their parents on how to keep the "camp magic" alive even after leaving burn camp.

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The Healing Powers of Sleep: There is So Much More to the Nightly Slumber

The ability to get good sleep can affect your health! According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 60 million Americans suffer from persistent insomnia, or inability to sleep. In a sense, we are a nation of insomniacs and the problem is not going away—in fact, it is getting worse. Learn more about how critical sleep is to our health, performance, and creativity...

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The Impact of Reconstructive Surgery: On the Road to Restoration

As both an acute burn surgeon and a reconstructive plastic surgeon, I am often asked by both patients and families: “When does the plastic surgery start?” I smile. What they are really asking is “When does the healing start?” What they don’t yet know is that reconstructive surgery often plays a small role in the overall post burn restoration process.

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The Restorative Role of Sleep

Sleep is a complex phenomenon with various functions, many of which help us adapt to a variety of stressors throughout the day. In this brief article, I will address one of the most fascinating aspects of sleep, an aspect that has to do with physical and psychological restoration.

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Trauma Responses in Children & Adolescents

Traumatic experiences have a profound effect on the developing child. These effects impact the child cognitively, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Find more information about the common manifestations of trauma by age group.

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Trauma Sensitive Schools

Interacting with peers is one of the most important steps to recovery after trauma, but many families struggle with anxiety and apprehension about this crucial time. As parents, there a few things we can do to ensure the school year begins on a positive note.

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Understanding and Improving Body Image after Burn Injury (MSKTC)

This resource explains how body image can be affected by a burn injury, offers strategies for use in social situations, and advice for parents and teachers of young burn survivors.

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Uses for Anger

ANGER is a powerful emotion. We have a choice as to how we use the energy of anger to make a positive or negative difference in the world.

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Victim Triangle

This article delves into the function of the Victim Triangle to contain the pain (unresolved grief, trauma, and toxic anger and shame), in the system. The fuel that runs the victim triangle is guilt and fear and avoidance of personal responsibility. It also points to ways to improve self esteem.

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