As caregivers, we need ways to communicate honestly and effectively. It seems a bit unfair to add one more required skill set on top of everything else we have to master, but if we’re attempting to take care of ourselves while taking care of another, we’ll likely find...
As I watched them, it was hard to say who was demonstrating more patience, and who seemed more inspiring. Certainly, it was impossible for me to understand the depth and complexity of their relationship.
Three minutes outside will help put things back into perspective.
When we can’t shift the content of what’s on our plate or what our daily schedule looks like, we can at least pay attention to how we’re relating to these activities.
When our lives are full with day-to-day responsibilities and the ongoing demands of caregiving, emptying out—in one or many forms—is often just what we need.
When we’re feeling overwhelmed as caregivers, sometimes the best gift we can offer ourselves is to have compassion for the difficulties we’re experiencing, and to realize that it’s natural to feel the effects of our life circumstances.
I’m often struck by how great a gift it is to be able to laugh at ourselves and the predicaments we find ourselves in.
Yes, even those moments, in a strange way, were what I had been looking for.
This quote strikes me as the perfect phrase to discover inside of a fortune cookie on a day when, before opening it, we decide, “Okay, whatever this says, I’m going to take it as a sign—as a personal message meant just for me.”
As I was eating my breakfast the other morning, I happened to look out the window just as the sunlight broke through the clouds and illuminated the snow-covered ground and the icy branches. The effect was like nothing I had ever seen—as though fairies had sprinkled...
In his book, “To Bless the Space Between Us,” John O’Donohue describes an experience he had when he was a young priest visiting a group of nuns.
After spending years studying psychology, I’m often humbled to see that the tools which seem most useful to myself and to others are usually very simple things—ideas that come from life experience as opposed to thick textbooks. This is certainly true when I think about my two favorite tools for reducing stress in day-to-day life: sticky notes and sighs!
The types of New Year’s resolutions we often make involve doing more, being better, and becoming stricter with ourselves. I often think, however, that the most important resolution we can commit to is practicing compassion with ourselves. When I refer to...
When our lives are busy and we’re actively taking care of others, we can sometimes forget about the possibility of taking a break.
Guest post by Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.