Taking On Your Responsibilities

This morning, Anna Stookey joined me on Your Caregiving Journey to talk about responsibilities—and how not to take on the ones that aren’t ours. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Dictionary.com define responsible as “answerable or accountable, as for something within one’s power, control, or management.” The key component of this definition, Anna said, is the second part: It’s within your power, control or management.

And, that can be so hard in caregiving. You can may find yourself holding on to too much responsibility—otherwise it seems all will spin out-of-control.

Anna suggested that the presence of an overwhelming feeling of stress can be a signal that you hold yourself responsible for too much. What if you were to let go, Anna said, of what you can’t control?

I hope you enjoy our conversation. And, as always, feel free to add your thoughts and insights in our comments section, below.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

One thought on “Taking On Your Responsibilities

  1. Avatar of Bette

    This was a wonderful show – thank you. I would love a tele-discussion on this topic.

    It’s so important to be confident in ourselves, who we are, and our decisions, even if it does not always please everyone.

    I think often times a caregiver – the one who “steps up” – is considered the responsible one or the “good” one – it’s a little scary to step a bit away from that role into one where you might ruffle a few feathers.

    It is so important to remember ourselves and that we matter – much more healthy too. (:


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