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Summer Barbecue Season is Coming

by Senior Care Society on 05/22/2013 - 02:53 am

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders... 


Summer time offers welcome opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family members.  For those who live in cold weather climates, it can feel liberating to come out from hibernation and enjoy some warm sunshine, a dip in a refreshing pool, and the first burger (or veggie burger) of the season.


Underneath the surface of joy and smiles, caregivers may be experiencing emotional pain and exhaustion for all that they have been dealing with over the past months.  However, when greeted by friends and family members at the summer cookouts and asked how they are doing, caregivers will usually give the typical response to the question of "fine."


Caregivers, even when hurting inside, will publicly display courage and strength so as not to burden or worry others with their true state of being.  What if a different approach was taken during this cookout season to share how you really feel and get loving, timely, and welcomed support from others?


Here are a few other possible energizing ways to respond to the question of how you are doing.


- Let the questioner know how great it is to see them and that you could use a big hug.


- Let the questioner know that things have been a bit stressful lately and that you would enjoy talking to them in a little while to catch up.


For those who you connect with later during the cookout, use the conversation as an opportunity to openly share how much you are doing to support your loved one or clients.  It is not recommended to use these conversations as a way to complain about the loved one or clients that you support.  Instead, focus on sharing how you are feeling with the many tasks and responsibilities that you are fulfilling on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.  You want to share how you feel emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Get specific and share how you would like to see your life improve.


If the person you are speaking with lights up with concern for your well-being and expresses a willingness to be of support, accept the offer.  During your cookout conversation, schedule a time when you both can get together in the next week or so for coffee or lunch.  This will give you something to look forward to in your calendar and provide you with an opportunity to share your needs and desires more thoroughly and get the loving support you are looking for.


Practice Tip :  Fully enjoy the summer cookout season.  When your dear friends and family members ask how you are doing, share openly.  Do not bash those you support.  Focus on your feelings and needs.  Have deep, honest, and soul soothing conversations with as many people as possible at the cookout.  Set plans to get together soon after the cookout to continue the dialogue and give you things to look forward to in your calendar. If you make arrangements with a number of key people to do this, you will have many extra activities and events in your calendar during the summer to look forward to.  Through these conversations, you may be able to determine specific ways these special people can be of support to you and your loved one.  By the Fourth of July, you could possibly have a new circle of support to help ease some of your caregiving stress.  Use this season as an opportunity to open yourself up to possibilities in a world filled with more joy and support to create a life you love.  

 

Wishing you a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  In the meantime enjoy the rest of this week to the fullest.


Energetically yours,

Michael

 

Bloom Coaching and Performance LLC is committed to providing customized, person centered coaching programs and services that can positively transform the lives of as many caregivers and caregiver support workers as possible.

 

 



 

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