A Trip to the Beach
Caregivers, this quote made me smile. I hope it does the same for you. The object of the post seems to be urging everyone to take some time off, which is a good message. I saw something else I'd like to share. When I present a training, the most well-received slides suggest a number of different strategies to promote self-care, manage compassion fatigue, stress or burnout symptoms, how to practice Psychological First Aid to others, or my favorite - next steps. I believe the reason participants mention these slides often is because the strategies listed offer choices. We are not cookie-cutter humans. This especially true of caregivers, personal or professional. Each one of us brings something very unique and beneficial to the caregiving environment. When we turn inward to refresh, revitalize, and rejuvenate, our needs are as varied as flavors of ice cream available to us on a summer day. I like to think participants will take some time and try different strategies on to see what fits most comfortably. The secret is to never give up. What isn't working today, can be a lifesaver tomorrow. Creating a "toolbox" full of coping skills to call on as the situation demands is always a Best Practice. Sharing our successes with others also helps to identify options. So, the next time you decide to give the beach a try, go do it. If it's too hot or too sandy, head for the mountains where the air is fresh and cool. The choice is always up to you.
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