5 Relaxation Techniques For The Tired SLP

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It was never easy to be an SLP. Wait, scratch that- it’s never easy to be a healthcare professional. Don’t get us wrong, we love to take care of people and we love to make our patients feel well. On a day, we spend most of our time with our patients- taking in their concerns, maybe absorbing a little of their feelings, listening and responding to their needs. Human as we all are, we also get tired of doing it on a daily basis. Aside from the little things we see or get from our patients, we also need to do things for ourselves. After all, we could only help other people if we help ourselves first.


So here is a run down of 5 things I do when life gets crazy- it might work out for you too.

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#EchoTalk: Dementia Care Specialist Seminar & Workshop

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I’m launching a new segment in my blog called Echo Talk. In this new segment, I will be reviewing seminars, workshops or lectures I will be attending as a speech pathologist. The importance of continuing education has been emphasized to us ever since we were bright eyed students a few years back. Learning doesn’t stop after college they say. Paying for continuing education will be easy they say. HAHA. Kidding aside, our professor’s efforts aren’t wasted. Most of us, I believe, has been attending seminars left and right. In my case, I have been attending all the seminars I need and I can afford. It’s a tough choice to make sometimes and it even hurts to miss some seminars, but hey, emerging adult right here!

Here are some of the notable speakers we had last saturday:

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DIY: Mcdonald's Happy Meal Box!

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All 90’s kids would agree- opening a happy meal box is one of the best moments of our childhood. Remember the Mickey Mouse costume set? How about Ronald’s shoe? or the Tarzan jungle set? Ahhh, the glory days of the happy meal. Then, the the 00’s kicked in. They pulled out the red smiley box and the toys became lamer…and lamer. Or maybe I got older. I don’t know. Luckily in the present time, they brought back the box, just right in time when I started working with kids. The toys have been a hit-or-miss, though. I must say that the toys of 90’s were still the best.

I needed a place where I could keep all the toys I’ve collected from the past couple of years. The original box were too flimsy and I know would easily be destroyed by my overly excited kids in therapy. So I decided to make my own; One that is sturdier but would save the same purpose- to give that awesome exciting feeling of opening that little red box!

Read on to find out how to make your own!

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On learning new things: Liz Lanuzo's Watercolor Workshop

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I’ve always, always wanted to take formal classes about art. I remember a few tweets ago, I was choosing between taking a class about watercolor OR dressmaking. Being an unemployed fresh graduate that time with zero money on hand, I chose none. HAH. When Ms. Liz announced last January that she will be holding her 4th (this woman, so sipag!) beginner’s watercolor workshop- I reserved my slot right away. FortunatelyI had spare cash to burn; and, I was still on this new year high- you know, new beginnings and shit.

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At this very moment, I’m quite sure that there has been about a hundred articles, thousand of instagram posts and maybe about a million tweets about the pope’s recently concluded visit to the Philippines. So many people have so much to say about their own papal visit experience. I don’t blame anyone for that though- the pope is truly amazing. A man of wisdom, humor and humility but acts just like a normal human being. And did I mention he’s cute, too? He looks like a grandpa who you would eat cookies and milk with- right after he baked it from scratch.

I was just like almost everyone who braved the heat, the rain and the fatigue that comes with waiting for his motorcade or any of the papal events last weekend. I was glued to the TV and the Vatican youtube channel (for those homilies and speeches I missed) the whole weekend. I was crying, singing and waving along, be it on TV or with a real crowd. The papal visit was like a 5 day spiritual retreat for me; which I never realized I needed it until the pope’s arrival last Thursday. Let’s just say I haven’t been a really good girl for the past six months. I’ve been drifting, if that’s an easy way to put it. Pope Francis’ visit feels like I was picked up from where I was lost- like I never left God’s side.

So here are the some of the things I learned over the past five days. They’re not much; I wont even call them nuggets of wisdom (because nobody is wise at their early twenties). They’re just simple realizations that I think would greatly affect how I perceive and act on the world around me.

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Teacher Tuesdays: Card Games for Little Kids Review

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Hello and welcome back to Teacher Tuesdays! Today’s featured toy would be this cute card game set I got last Christmas. While I was browsing for gifts to give, I spotted this on the shelf and only two copies were left. The other one was already ratty and old so I knew that I had to get the last good copy Mom was feeling generous since I had been good girl (haha, self proclaimed) and bought this for me despite the hefty price tag.

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What's up, buttercup

I’m not sure if I need to apologize to you, my dear reader, on my very sluggish blogging schedule. But I dunno, I feel sorry about it. When I relaunched this blog, I created a schedule. In fact, I had a 2 month plan laid out for this. And boy, was I crazy to think that I can produce two blog posts a week. But the reality is this: my work demands most of my time, my home based patients demand most of my weekend,  and my body demands 428534052937 hours of sleep after work. So I guess that’s why I feel sorry for this blog. Or for myself. It is because my plans didn’t work out again this time and I have slightly failed on reaching my goal. You know how I am with mistakes and failures. I still can’t handle it quite well.

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 1

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R E A D I N G It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It’s a light read about depression, a topic that’s rather heavy to discuss. I have put off reading this for a week now, just because the lazy bug bit me again. 

W R I T I N G this blog post, obviously. Maybe another one later. Maybe not. 

L I S T E N I N G to Sam Smith’s kilig inducing voice. Man, this guy could sing. 

T H I N K I N G about what to do at work tomorrow, because I have no patients. The number of ward patients who’ve had chickenpox around PGH has been increasing and to avoid further damage, we had to cancel our patients who are at risk for acquiring the virus. Oh, what to do, what to do with this much free time on my hands?

S M E L L I N G like coffee and chocolate. Apparently because I’ve used the hair spa formula again, which my boyfriend hates. It was buy one get one a few weeks ago, so of course I had to buy it. What I didn’t know is that it had such strong smell. Kids, this is what happens when you buy impulsively. 

W I S H I N G it would rain tonight, so I could sleep better. 

H O P I N G for a more energized week. I’ve been slacking off again lately.  

W E A R I N G my usual hampas lupa-ish, old and ratty clothes. 

W A N T I N G to hoard make up. If only I could buy all the Happy Skin lippies and Etude House Play 101 pencils in the world.

N E E D I N G a better budgeting plan so I could save more from my monthly salary. Yeeees. Hashtag mature. Hashtag grown up. Hashtag self-sufficient. 

F E E L I N G lazy and fat. The usual.  

The Sunday Currently is hosted by Lauren of Siddathornton