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Maggie DeMellier

Maggie DeMellier

Maggie DeMellier is a self-proclaimed reader, writer, runner and redhead. She worked as a surgical technician and pharmacy technician before she earned a BA in Mass Media Communication at The University of Akron. For ten years, she operated a freelance writing business, specializing in medical ads, news articles, features and business writing.  She was a teacher at a career college for six years, and earned a MA in Forensic Psychology in 2010. Maggie is the co-author of Parenting by Law or Grace, published by Synchronisity Press, in 2004.

The Health Journeys staff members celebrated the implementation of the new HJ Player app last July, after fielding questions daily from iDevice users who were having problems navigating the old, multi-step process to sync the downloads they had purchased to their devices.  

Sometimes customers would get so frustrated they would simply give up and purchase our programs from iTunes, but not everything we carry is available there. 

We have a simple, easy solution for this!

Now, when you order one of our downloads, we’ll send you the link to our app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player, that lets you easily and quickly download our guided imagery.

The benefits of being kind and accepting of oneself have been studied and widely publicized. It seems we are encouraged on a daily basis to be compassionate to ourselves, but sometimes it's tough to figure out just what that means and how to do it.

What is the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem, we wonder, between self-compassion and self-indulgence? Fortunately, there are as many answers as there are questions, and many people, including Health Journeys' own Dr. Traci Stein, are providing resources to help us through the maze.

Somewhere amid the gifting, receiving and celebrating, it's nice to take a moment to savor the gifts the holiday season gives to us.


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Tis' the season to be jolly, but that's tough to do when you are stressed out about over-crowded to-do lists, last-minute shopping and what to buy for those special people who have been so good to you this year.

If you choose to let your mouse do the work, and shop online, check out our handy Online Gift Guide for inspiration.

If you have questions, need help deciding what to order or prefer to place a phone order, call 1-800-800-8661 to speak to one of our resourceful staff members, who double as holiday elves this time of year. We are in the office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST on week days (our office is closed Dec. 24 and 25).

"Shirley is a psychotherapist who specializes in self-esteem and anxiety related issues, and is an award-winning (2003 Milton H. Erickson Award for Scientific Excellence) expert at helping people examine their patterns and change their behavior, thanks to the removed, safe perspective of a light, hypnotic trance state."—Belleruth Naparstek

Creating Satisfying Relationships
By Dr. Shirley McNeal

I am a psychologist who has been in private practice for more than forty years. During this period of time I have spoken with many individuals, both men and women, who want to understand their relationship issues in order to increase the possibility of finding partners who will be the right match for them.

Much has been written about love at first sight and finding your heart's desire, and we know about the laws of attraction and what brings people together in the beginning. However, after the initial infatuation wanes, what enables the relationship to continue in a satisfying and healthy manner? What keeps love alive and allows relationships to last?

The great thing about giving yourself a gift is that you don't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy it. The really great thing about giving yourself a gift before the hectic holiday season is that an act of self-kindness can help access the creative, giving spirit in you and make it more fun to give gifts to others.

From a simple walk in the park to a mini-shopping trip just for you, there are many ways to reward yourself, and provide a well-deserved treat for body and soul. When you are feeling appreciated and rewarded, it's amazing how easily you can think of the perfect gift for someone, food to serve, outfit to wear and even find more time to savor the real meaning of the season.

Because you have been so good to us this year, Health Journeys is rewarding you by granting your requests for more aromatherapy products. Check out the aromatherapy goodies in our online store, just in time for holiday gift giving and self-giving.

The theme for National Family Caregivers Month is Respite: Care for Caregivers. It's a universal theme. Each of us has been a caregiver, needed a caregiver or loved someone who was a caregiver at some time in our lives.

When I think of family caregivers, what pops to mind is what I call the oxygen mask speech. Before taking off for a flight on a commercial airplane, passengers are given instructions by a flight attendant who tells them that if the air pressure in the cabin changes for any reason, an oxygen mask will be released to each person.

Passengers who are flying with small children or people who would need assistance in putting on the masks are told that it's important for them to put on their own masks before assisting the other person.

Because the pancreas is the organ responsible for insulin production, the best way to be kind to your pancreas is to follow the recommendations for treating or preventing diabetes.

During American Diabetes Awareness Month, we are urged to eat right, move more, sit less and above all—be aware of how our daily choices directly and indirectly affect our over-all health, whether we have diabetes, care for someone who has diabetes or simply wish to prevent it.

To stay abreast of the most recent information about diabetes, read the American Diabetes Association's 2015 Fact Sheet.

Hospice.Helps.Everyone

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Since 1992, the month of November has been designated to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care and provide information about important care issues for people coping with serious illness. This year's theme is Hospice.Helps.Everyone.

This November, hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness and dispel myths about hospice and palliative care. For example, some people believe that hospice is a place, but 70 percent of hospice care takes place for patients who are in their own homes.

Are you a lark, who prefers an early-morning schedule; an owl who likes to stay up late and sleep in or a hummingbird, who can more easily adapt to either situation?

"One in ten of us is an up-at-dawn, raring-to-go early bird, or lark. About two in ten are owls, who enjoy staying up long past midnight. The rest of us, those in the middle, whom we call hummingbirds, may be ready for action both early and late. Some hummingbirds are more larkish, and others, more owlish," according to The Body Clock Guide to Better Health: How to Use Your Body's Natural Clock to Fight Illness and Achieve Maximum Health by Michael Smolensky and Lynne Lamberg.

To find out more about determining which bird you are, read an excerpt from the book: Are You a Lark, an Owl or a Hummingbird?