Frustrated at hearing people complain or say they need to change but never follow through? The stages of change model is helpful in understanding how people go through change and how you as a support can help them.
“I” statements are a simple way of speaking that will help you avoid the defensive trap by reducing feelings of blame. A good “I” statement takes responsibility for one’s own feelings, while tactfully describing a problem.
H.A.L.T. It stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. It’s a quick and easy reminder that if you feel any of these things you should halt, stop immediately and meet these needs prior to having difficult conversations.
If the person you’re supporting is having difficulty describing their feelings, or the meeting is lacking focus or if it’s a struggle to keep people on track, use a number or color scale as it provides common ground and language to build upon.
As caregivers, we can tend overreach and try to help everyone. But we are to be supporters, not saviours. Supporting someone is walking alongside them as they journey through their life.
As caregivers, we can’t save anyone.
Often times our sleep is the first thing to suffer when stress builds. In this video I share a list of 10 tried and true tips to help with falling asleep.
Have you ever found yourself cynical or having difficulty being encouraging to others when they tell you about their positive life experiences and self-care practices? Same. So when I experience breakthrough, joy and excitement I find myself holding back on sharing not wanting to cause anyone else to feel bad. Must-be-nice-syndrome is really a red flag signal that we are lacking in the self-care department.
Unicorns pooping slime? Why is this even a thing?! My children have been obsessed with slime. This must be a common experience because the toy industry has developed every way in which slime can be marketed. I have avoided slime in my house as much as possible, but...
Meditation. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Yoga? Buddhism? New age humanism? Or do you think of prayer? Maybe King David’s writing of the psalms and aligning with the Holy Spirit? Yeah, not many people think about that last option. It is true that...
I came to the end of myself and ended up needing to take some time off of work. I thought this time was going to be filled with reading, organizing closets, exercising, spending quality time with my family. (sound familiar?) But instead, during this time-off the rains came.