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Transform Your Stressful Thoughts

by Senior Care Society on 04/23/2013 - 11:18 pm

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

 

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

 

Previously, I shared a simple practice tip to do some Spring cleaning of your mind.  This exercise can help to cleanse your mind of stressful thoughts.  As a reminder for you or for the benefit of the new subscribers, I am sharing this practice tip again since it is the first step to complete before engaging in the practical strategy for this week to turn the stress list into a do-able task list.  If you have completed last week's tip, scroll down to the Practice Tip for This Week.  

 

Prior Practice Tip:  It is very easy to start this process. Set aside a 5-10 minute block of time and make a list of all the thoughts that are running through you mind.  These may include: financial worries, a loved one's illness, an upcoming exam if you are in school, a complex work project, needed automobile or household repairs, or your taxes (if you still have not filed them).

 

The process of writing down your items of concern actually cleans your mind.  By placing stressful thoughts on a physical piece of paper you are mentally removing the thoughts from your head. Once you have put everything on the list that you can think of - pause and review your list.  As you review the items, you may feel some concern or tension - this is natural.  Do not judge yourself as bad for having these stressful thoughts.  Be good to yourself and appreciate the fact that you care about issues that affect you, your co-workers, and your loved ones.  It just displays that you are a conscientious and considerate person. 

 

This mind cleansing exercise can be very beneficial in reducing stress for caregivers.  In order to maintain a balanced mind, it is recommended to schedule this activity at least once per week.  If you experience racing fearful thoughts during a moment of increased pressure or stress, this activity can be very useful to quickly bringing yourself some peace of mind.   

 

Practice Tip for This Week:  Review the last stress list that you created.  Take one item at a time and write a statement in the form of a goal that if completed would help you feel better.  

 

For example, let's say that one of the items on your list is worry over a coming medical bill from a hospital stay.  Financial concerns, especially for caregivers and loved ones tend to be high on the stress list.  A completed goal for this item could be, "I will have clarity and an acceptable payment plan for medical services provided from last hospitalization."

 

The next step is to break down the goal into the manageable steps to achieve the goal.  Some of the steps may include:

  1. Call the hospital billing department to get a complete list of bills.
  2. Call health insurance company (if you have one) to review coverage for bill payment.  
  3. If you do not have insurance, this step could be to call a FREE Care patient advocate or social worker.

 

The steps can go on from here until you reach the goal.  For each step identify a responsible party.  Perhaps you may have another family member or friend who is skilled at this kind of research and advocacy.  If you have trouble identifying the steps, talk it out with a close confidant or reach out to a professional coach. Coaches have expertise in helping clients break down goals into manageable steps and creating an action plan with accountability.

 

Of course, you can always reach out and request a free consultation session with me so you can get clear with the action steps you want to take to meet your caregiving goals and relieve some of those stressful thoughts once and for all.  This is such an important coping strategy for caregivers to master so I am opening 5 slots in my schedule over the next week for action takers to take advantage of.  Claim one of these free sessions now before they are gone.  Simply mention this blog article with your request.

 

Go forth with energy, cleanse your mind of those stressful thoughts, and take inspired action to meet your goals!

                                                             

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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