• Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Relationships,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    5 Powerful Ways to Support an Exhausted Caregiver

    “Please……don’t give me one more $#%& thing to add to my to-do list!” My close friend stated this nicely, but emphatically, after I suggested she should get more rest. As the primary caregiver, medical advocate, designated head of household and emotional support for her husband, she is beyond exhausted. I thought I was being helpful with some sage advice. Of course, rest is important. So is air. She knows she needs rest. This was clearly obvious and from her perspective, I just gave her one more thing to do! After I apologized and we laughed, I asked her what support she would find helpful. While there is no “best way”…

  • Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    Powerful Ways to Overcome Caregiving Challenges

    Are you one of legions of women struggling to balance the care-giving needs of a loved one with self-care and your own health and well-being? If so, you’re not alone. To balance on this precipice is a major life challenge. Over a recent lunch, I talked with a good friend who has become the primary caregiver of   her husband with unexpected serious health issues. We assume most care-giving would be for aging parents, but the reality is care-giving for spouses and other family members is not uncommon. Without complaining, but very candid, my friend admitted how she’s been struggling with the effects care-giving is having on her, as well…

  • Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    How Full is your Cup? 4 Self-Care Tips to Nurture Your Spirit

    Beautiful cup, isn’t it? Since it’s empty, it serves no one. That’s how I felt the other day. I was tapped out and exhausted from serving others and not taking care of myself. I know you understand what I mean about self-care. February is the month of love–and it starts with ourselves. If our own cup is empty, we can’t nourish or fully love others. February is a perfect month to set aside a few minutes each day for your own self-care and to fill your own cup. 4 Self-Care Ideas–To nourish your body and your spirit? Time alone. For some of us (even extroverts like me), it’s morning meditation,…