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Energizing Tip for 1-15-13

by Senior Care Society on 01/16/2013 - 12:28 am

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

 

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

 

We can often start the day tired after a night of difficult and interrupted sleep. One of the primary culprits of sleep deprivation is our unsettled minds. At night, it can be challenging to fall asleep at a decent time because we have disturbing and stressful thoughts running through our heads. These thoughts may include: things we have done that we wish we had done better, a recent troubling appointment or interaction, worry about financial and medical issues, or anticipation of challenging tasks and responsibilities over the coming days with co-workers or family members.


Caregivers are leaders who have deep concern for the well-being of others and try hard to do it all. It can feel like swimming upstream through those crazy, busy days. This is so understandable given our dedication to dealing with every item from the overflowing plate of caregiving and leadership responsibilities.


On many days, it may seem difficult to find the time to complete the most routine tasks for ourselves. We do manage to take care of regular hygiene tasks such as tooth brushing. Why? We know that taking a few minutes each day to complete this physical task that we were trained to do as children will help us avoid cavities and uncomfortable trips to the dentist. We also take care of the inanimate objects we value, such as automobiles. We take our vehicles for routine maintenance and if a "check engine" light goes on, we make an appointment to see the mechanic.


Unfortunately, most of us have not been trained so we don't regularly set aside time to deal with our stress. We were also not created with a "check stress level" light in our heads to alert us to deal with it now. The good news is that we can set brief, regular appointments with ourselves to get those stressful thoughts out of our heads.

 

Practice Tip: Schedule a 10 minute time block in your schedule at least once per week to relieve your mind of stressful thoughts. During your scheduled time, think of everything in your life that is concerning you in that moment and write it down. Once you have finished making your list, read it and star the item that stresses you out the most. Read the item closely and notice how you feel. Do not judge yourself. Instead, breathe deeply and give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling. Just provide love and understanding to yourself like you would to a good friend.

 

On nights that you are having trouble falling asleep because you have a mind racing with thoughts, you can do this exercise. Keep a notepad on your night stand. The act of taking the items physically out of your head and putting them on paper should help to settle your mind so you can get that needed sleep. If you schedule the 10 minute weekly worry session with yourself to complete this exercise, you may find over time that sleep will come much more easily to you and you can feel more energized each day. By designating times that dealing with stress and worry are not just okay, but encouraged, you will be taking the proactive steps to reducing your level of burnout.

 

Next week, you will learn how to transform those stressful thoughts into a task list so these concerns are not just placed on paper but dealt with effectively and to your satisfaction. I have confidence that you can do it!

 

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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