Archive for August, 2009

Caregiver Guilt

August 21st, 2009 Angela

When we have been thrust into the arena as the major caregiver for a family member, we are often riddled with guilt. We have to realize it’s not our fault. Stop the blame, shame and criticism. We are doing what we think is necesscary and beneficial for our loved ones. We must remember we also have to take care of ourselves. Support groups are terrific avenues to share feelings, overcome some of the anxieties and stresses that are a natural part of caregiving. Share your thougts and feeling with us.

MANIPULATION

August 2nd, 2009 Angela

Remember being caught in the act of doing something as a child?? Someone — a friend or relative — used your guilt to constantly remind you of that act. You were convinced to share unwillingly with that person, offer him/her special favors. Has that manipulation made the journey into adulthood with us? Forgive the act and forgive the manipulator. Release the guilt and really let it go. The manipulator no longer has reins on us. What do you think?