As signs of spring slowly inch onto the Northern Hemisphere landscape, let’s build on three themes I am sure resonated with many caregivers out there. Namely, we talked about creating more time, space and energy for what’s important to YOU. Today, we’ll draw upon a tool called The Balance Wheel from the coaching world.
Typically, we divide the circle like a pie. The eight ‘slices’ consist of: 1) Health – Physical; 2) Health – Emotional, Mental and Spiritual; 3) Relationships – Significant Other; 4) Relationships – Family and Friends; 5) Career; 6) Finances; 7) Fun and Recreation; 8) Learning and Growth. In select themes, we will focus upon what needs to be released.
Emotional & Mental Health
If you are the adult ‘child’ of an Un-cope-able Parent, you are WELL aware of how you could pull out your hair by the roots pretty much every time you interact with or even think about them! You are also smart enough to know the links between mind, body and spirit. For your own sake, what is one mindset you need to let go of because it is no longer serving you? Hint: It is to be attached to your agenda! Stubbornly, they’ll never agree. New methods are needed.
Career Related to Eldercare
About 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. With 30,000 people globally turning 60-plus for at least 10 years, I cannot help but predict that this number will exponentially climb. Many informal caregivers have jobs or run businesses. What is one way you can stop worrying about Mom or Dad while at work? At the same time, what can you do to focus on them while at home and setting aside work?
Learning & Growth
Am I daring to suggest that you pile a bunch of courses or something onto your already-crammed calendar? No. Rather, I’m asking you to take some breathing moments to reflect upon what you are learning about yourself through this eldercare process. In a few weeks, we will address how caregiving can be a healing opportunity. Believe it or not! For now, please consider how you’re growing as a person plus one lesson you’ve mastered the need to repeat.
Filling In Additional Blanks
Assuming you’re intrigued, make sure to check out www.boldbravemedia.com/shows for my next “Conscious Caregiver” radio broadcast. My guest and I will be talking about her 6 F’s. No, not those! We’re referring to Fun, Faith, Family, Fitness, Friends and Finance.
As always, for those eager to speed up your progress, you can book your confidential Free Readiness Session with me today at https://www.copingwithuncopeableparents.com/book-my-readiness-session/. I look forward to helping you re-balance your Wheel of Life!