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The holidays are upon us faster and faster each year, aren’t they? It seems like retailers remove the 4th of July merchandise from the store shelves and replace it with Christmas trees and holiday decorations. And we walk by and laugh at how incredible it is to see wreaths and snowmen in the middle of Summer.

And then, we blink…and the holidays are upon us.

And, let’s face it, those holidays can be pretty stressful.

After all, Life is already busy with all the little bits and pieces that must get done everyday between school, work, and home. And just when you think your plate can hold no more, the holidays are added:

Decorating…Shopping…Baking…Wrapping Gifts…School Parties…Sending Cards…Trying to find a parking space…Pulling out the strands of lights…Finding half the lights not working…Driving back to the store…Waiting in lines…

We start feeling overwhelmed and overloaded, and when that happens, it’s easy for the joy of the season to get crowded out.

To avoid this seasonal stress, it’s important that you take time to for yourself, time to take care of yourself, time to recognize that you are in control of this holiday season, not the mall or the commercials or even the calendar. YOU.

And, because you are in control, take small steps to help calm your spirit:

Balance out holiday indulgences of cookies or sweets with a quick walk around the block.

Take a quick 5-minute meditation break and just sit quietly with your eyes closed.

Make sleep a priority.

Spend time with friends and family to remind yourself of what is truly important.

And above all, be kind to yourself so you can keep the “happy” in the Holidays.



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We love our community: the people, the businesses, the organizations…we are proud to be a part of the beautiful Verde Valley.

We are also proud to be members of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and as such, hosted our first Cottonwood Mixer-a monthly get together of chamber members right here at Spectrum. There was great food provided by Cork and Catch, and giveaways from many Chamber members, including Spectrum Healthcare goody bags. To all who attended, thank you and we’ll see you next month!

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On Thanksgiving, many of of us pause to reflect on the things in our life for which we are thankful. Usually, that reflection is wedged in between eating turkey and watching football, but it is there, nonetheless.

And it’s a Good Thing to set aside a day to focus on those things, but thankfulness shouldn’t be limited to one day, for in each life, there is always something worthy of our gratitude.  For this reason, we think Thanksgiving Day should be every-day. And no, this is not an attempt to justify eating pumpkin pie every day, although if that became a tradition, we wouldn’t mind.

And when we truly reflect on the things that make our hearts full, it’s always the little things that seem to top the list:

Our children’s laughter
The warmth of the sun
The food we eat
The people we call friends

These are the things for which we are forever thankful and yet, looking at the list, they aren’t “little things” at all. They are the wonderful bits of life that make life beautiful.

So, from all of us at Spectrum Healthcare, Happy Thanksgiving!

We count YOU, our patients and friends, among the things for which we are thankful…all year long.


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According to the World Health Organization, “1 in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

And yet, despite all the information available, there are still many people who feel that a mental health disorder is something one can simply decide NOT to have; that it can be wished away or turned “off.”

So, what if people with physical illnesses and injuries were the given the same advice given to those suffering from mental and behavioral illnesses?  Can’t picture it? Well, artist, Robot Hugs, can, and has created a helpful cartoon to show just how that would look.


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I want to be a leaf. 

A leaf refuses to be anything but beautiful. 

It waits patiently for Spring and then slowly unfurls and takes its place on the branch. 

It’s soft green grows bolder as the days and months pass. 

It doesn’t fight the changing weather, but instead, is content to move, to become one with it. 

It holds on in sun and wind and rain. 

And then, when it knows its time is coming to a close, it doesn’t simply drop to the ground. 

No, instead, it takes one last breath and turns a brilliant hue, reminding those around it that all seasons of Life are beautiful. 

Yes, I want to be a leaf.

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