This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Karol Ward, author of Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental & Physical Health, joined me to talk about how we can move from worrying to trusting. You can listen to our show via the player, below.
Kard, who cares for mom, explained the two categories of worry: Circumstantial (situations occur which lead to worry) and chronic (a learned state of mind). Caregiving causes both: Your caree’s health crisis leads to worry. The worry because of the health crisis can become chronic. In caregiving, it can seem so hard to believe you are doing your best. When you don’t, you worry that you should be doing more. Enter constant worrying.
I asked Karol if worrying is devoid of trust, which led to a discussion of trust. It’s not about trusting a decision or trusting help or trusting a treatment. It’s about trusting ourselves—that we can make good decisions, that we can hire good help, that we can choose the most appropriate treatment. It’s about listening to our bodies (our gut, really) as we face situations and make decisions.
Karol offered two exercises which can help us tune in to our intuition. Both exercises are simple and easy to do wherever you are. When we listen to our intuition, we can move forward or change direction with confidence.
When we use our intuition, we trust.
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