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About the author:
Linda's empathy and understanding of struggle both professional and personal has fueled her passion for learning from others and in turn empowering others. There are many bullies, negative wizards and hob nail boots to trample on your aspirations, but learning that we have to power to shrug off their influence and have the life we choose, is personal freedom.
With psychology and education as her background caring for others has been her natural path, but learning to love and care for yourself too is a message Linda has been sharing for several decades, in the UK, Europe, Middle East and USA; since she suffered her own mega emotional crisis and burnout. What she is passionate about is showing other caring people that caring for yourself and having your dreams, hopes and desires is OK too.
Linda is a veteran speaker, trainer and author, but is still very involved in several charities that help support caregivers, because they are of vital importance to our society, yet incredibly over looked when needing help themselves.
Caring for the Caregiver
Care for yourself as much as you care for others
Care giving professionals are notoriously poor at looking after themselves; they give part of themselves everyday, see people at their lowest and most vulnerable. As well as being exposed to the physical trauma, they deal with acute psychological distress on a daily basis; their own and of others.
Learning to still follow your dreams and have personal goals, many just put their life on a back burner and let others take over. This is a dangerous trait, as it leads to unhappiness, stress, discontentment and burnout.
Many great people are leaving all areas of caring, because they feel they are running on empty. Giving excuses and blame for this to others, will not change anything.
Take charge of your life, your choices and your outcomes. This to a carer will sound selfish, but in reality; what is going to happen to your patients when you are absent minded, make mistakes, get upset or angry, when you burnout and are no longer able to care for yourself, or them.
Looking after yourself is not a luxury - it is a necessity, being resilient, knowing your boundaries and learning to say no, are fundamental for your wellbeing and for your patients.
Learn how to off load self sabotaging thoughts, beliefs and habits. Choose what internal and external baggage you carry with you. Dump outdated thoughts, replace them with a more positive, protective and proactive outlook, to achieve better outcomes.
Caring for the wellbeing of others is a fundamental part of you, but learning to care about yourself seems to take a lot of work. Seeing your needs, wants and desires as equal to everyone else, is a must.
By keep giving small pieces of yourself to everyone else, when do you have time, energy or inclination to give to yourself?
Compassion Fatigue is not acknowledge in the Northern Hemisphere, but the feeling of running on empty is undoubtedly known to all professions, volunteers and home carers. It is a silent killer, a demon that will take you emotionally, psychologically and physically to exhaustion.
There are ways for you to feel better, to learn to love yourself and to live the life you desire and deserve, as well as giving to others. You have to take control and get rid of outdated thoughts, beliefs and habits. To be not just the best professional you can be, but the best person for you and for others.
- Publication Date:
- 1974635651 / 9781974635658
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Medical / Preventive Medicine