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Care for the Caretaker

Aug 26, 2015
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • Remind yourself that you are an enabler not a magician. We cannot change everyone else … we can only change how we relate to them.
  • Find a hermit spot. Schedule “withdrawal” periods during the week … limit interruptions. Use it to regenerate.
  • Give support, encouragement and praise to peers and to coordinator/leaders. Learn to accept it in return.
  • In the light of all the pain we see, we are bound to feel helpless at times. Admit it without shame.
  • Caring and being there are sometimes more important than doing.
  • Learn to recognize the difference between complaining that relieves and complaining that reinforces negative stress.
  • On the way home, focus on a good thing that occurred during the day.
  • Be a resource to yourself! Get creative – try new approaches.
  • Use a buddy system as a source of support, assurance and re-direction.
  • Avoid “shop talk” when socializing with colleagues.
  • Say, “I choose” rather than “I should”, “I ought to” or “have to.”
  • If you never say no … what is your “yes” worth?
  • Aloofness and indifference are far more harmful than admitting an inability to do more.
  • Laugh, play.


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