Keeping Your Emotional Balance

Daniel Leffingwell MS, RN

December 2013

Body Balance

Give the example of Poppy's diet.
eating and feeling better.

Use the funeral examples of  reminiscence and food.

The Mental Balance

Talk about balancing the mind and body. When one is down, boost the other.

Memory problems and balance.

Depression and Balance. The role of animals – use the patient example when drugs did not help and getting her a dog did.

Good and Bad Stress

Why Humor?

defense mechanism that allows someone to cope with difficult situations (use death and dying examples)

-Most recently, health care professionals have studied humor as a therapeutic intervention.

-Norman Cousins attributed humor as responsible for curing his collagen disease in 1977 (The healing heart).

Humor to break the ice


discharges tensions associated with fear anger and grief

Humor to establish the bond in therapeutic relationships humor to cope with stressful situations


You will worry yourself sick

The mind and body question revisited.


"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Jack Benny "You don't stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing." Unknown

"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. " Unknown

Youth is wasted on the young" Unknown