NCC18 Presenter: Shirley Riga
Feel Your Fear and Do It Anyway on Friday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.
Fear holds us back without our realizing it. As a caregiver, fear can take a hold of us and keep us from taking care of ourselves and attaining clarity to help our loved one. How do we make our lives work despite our fears? In this presentation, Riga shares valuable tips she learned from Susan Jeffers' book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, as well as insights from her own book, Tools for the Exceptional Parent of a Chronically-Ill Child. Participants will gain confidence in their decision making, understand chronic sorrow and its role in acceptance, and learn calming techniques to stay present in difficult times.
Shirley says this about the shift you'll experience during her presentation: "The power of the spoken word defines us. What's your chatterbox saying? Is fear dominating your inner world? Fear may look like a psychological problem; in most cases it isn't. Fear is a fact of life – not a barrier to success. Come to my workshop and be reminded how important you are. You count too!"
"Fear is a fact of life – not a barrier to success!"
Coping with the Holidays as a Caregiver on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.
The holidays depict joy and celebration, but often are a source of stress, depression and anxiety. As a caregiver during the holiday season, expectations and familial pressures add another dimension to an already stressful situation. Approaching the holidays with awareness and a plan of action can help. Join us in this interactive presentation, and come away with concrete steps to lean on as you embark into the holiday season. Shirley shares her thoughts about coping with the holidays during last year's podcast with Denise.
Shirley also will share her perspectives during the panel discussion, Finding Our Best During the Days That Feel the Worst: Diagnosis Day, Hospital Admission, End of Life Panel Discussion, which happens on Friday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.
Shirley is an author, teacher and speaker who knows fear having survived the life and death stress of coping with a daughter with chronic illness for over 30 years. As a sought-after speaker, she brings a warmth of truth into a room. She is a licensed trainer for Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and offers individual and group classes in the Boston area.
To learn more about Shirley, watch our video discussion about finding our best, which aired as part for our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.
We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:
~ AARP ~
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