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Another study on the effects of working and providing care:
Anyone doing something ‘special’ for this Labor Day weekend? By Monday I will probably be contemplating homicide but … 😛
(I probably should say that because ya’ll don’t know me that well. Please don’t send the feds or other law enforcement to my door. I’m pretty much only kidding.)
If I didn’t work (away from home & my “patient” husb) I think I’d lose my mind. I’m usually pretty much a sally-freakin-sunshine (aka sarcastically optimistic) but after spending a couple days with my husb who is always negative I just feel drained.
How do ya’ll cope with that negativity??
I have a difficult time coping with how much my dad worries and focuses on the problems. The anxiety gets the best of me. This summer, I’ve been going to the community pool which feels like going to heaven. I also find it incredibly helpful to blog–I think of it as write and release.
Oh My Gosh YES – my husb makes UP stuff to worry about!!!
We’ve been working really hard this summer to get Michael’s anxiety under control. The goal has been to show him that ER/hospital visits and overmedicating are band-aids, not true solutions to the problem, and that there are other tools he can acquire and put in his proverbial toolbox so that he has more and better options for both mitigating and…[Read more]
Thanks for such a detailed list of ideas, @hussy! I had just posted today that I wanted to do better at having healthy things in the “grab zone.” Those ideas are helpful! I love that you’re intentional about caring for yourself, and encouraging Michael to be part of his own self-care as well.
My goodness, Hussy! There is so much “hope” in your post – especially re how much your Michael is actually trying & succeeding in.
This is my second week off to focus on clearing out to get ready for selling our home. I am reminded of the nonmonetary benefits of work–any work: people, a focus on something other than how sick Mom is getting and how much I miss Dad, a change of scenery and the rhythm of coming and going that makes more sense to me than the erratic nonschedule…[Read more]
Hi Mary — your post struck a chord with me. I left my career — advertising and media marketing — after some years. When it was time for me to get back into the work force, I felt as though I was no longer up to speed on my field. So I went in a different direction. I started freelance copy editing. I had always enjoyed writing and this…[Read more]
I miss my career. I was laid off in 2009 (recession casualty) from a job I held for many years. I had already been a long-distance caregiver of my parents in their home an hour away for two years by then. All of my siblings were living out-of-state and had different reasons for not helping at all or not being able to help much. The peak of…[Read more]
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