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The Power of Apologizing

by Senior Care Society on 02/27/2013 - 04:55 am

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

 

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

 

Even those of us who are extremely conscientious can make an error.  Sometimes when overtired, a caregiver may forget an appointment, misplace mail or keys, or make a late bill payment.  Caregiver mistakes may lead to frustration, self-criticism, and grumpiness.  When in this state, the caregiver may be susceptible to a short fuse and lash out in a burst of anger. This is a sign of being human.

 

When we are in a state of stress, we can also lose patience with some of the things that our loved ones do that we usually tolerate on other days.  Sometimes our loved ones and other people we support can be stubborn and argue in ways that may get under our skin.  If this happens and you start to lash out in anger, take space and collect yourself.  Even if you were right in the argument, it is so beneficial to apologize.

 

Recently, a Facebook friend posted this meaningful quotation, "Apologizing does not always mean that you're wrong and the person is right.  It just means that you value your relationship more than you ego."

 

During my caregiving journey, I set a rule for myself to never go to bed angry or leave a previous disagreement with my mother unresolved.  By following this rule of acknowledging my stress and apologizing for any hurt I may have caused, my mother easily shared her forgiveness.  On a few occasions, she stated not even understanding why I was apologizing since she did not even feel hurt or slighted.  It still felt necessary and good to share my apology and made a good night of sleep easier to achieve.

 

Practice Tip:  When your stress balloon has burst and you get angry, let it out.  Acknowledge yourself for having a truly human feeling.  Once you have calmed down and regained your sense of composure, seek out the person who witnessed or bore the brunt of your outburst and make peace with a genuine and heartfelt apology.  This will give you the resolve to put that event in the past and move forward into another courageous caregiving day.

 

Go forth with peace and care! 

                                                                   

Energetically yours,

Michael

 

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