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How to relieve sciatica pain 

Symptoms of buttock, thigh and leg pain, sciatica can be caused by a pinched nerve, a herniated disc injury, it can happen during pregnancy as ligaments get looser and create pressure on the nerve. Treatment at home can include: Moving, ice and heat, or over the counter pain relief. While most sciatica improves on it’s own, it’s best to consult your doctor if pain continues.

What is a health care directive?

A health care directive, sometimes called a ‘living will’, is the legal document where you write your instructions about the treatment you would accept or refuse. You can also name a proxy to speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself.

Source: Manitoba Health

When life becomes stressful 

Everyday upsets, changes in plans, and difficult decisions can put you on an emotional rollercoaster. When something’s bothering you, experts agree that shifting your attention away from what’s bothering you is an effective calming technique. Try practicing mindfulness by engaging your senses:

SEE: Observe and question what’s visible. Identify shapes, sizes, people, and colors in the scene.
HEAR: Pay attention to sounds and their characteristics, like volume, origin, and whether it is constant or intermittent.
SMELL: Notice various scents and think about their strength and pleasantness. Be present in the moment.

Source: Wellness Together Canada

Could you help a caregiver?

If you have a little time to spare, the folks at the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada suggest reaching out to a caregiver by:

• Dropping off some great books or magazines
• Recommending a list of your favourite movies to watch and a playlist of your favourite songs
• Filling the bird feeder
• Helping out with the laundry 
• Giving a gift card to a local restaurant, coffee shop, or food delivery service 
• Taking the dog for a walk
• Shovelling the snow.

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