Blog: Self Development Coaching

A Major Stepping Stone for Helpers to Prevent Burnout

Freud really had something in developing his psychoanalytic method of making the unconscious conscious to create insight, a major stepping stone for problem resolution. In other words, self-awareness acts as an aid for coping with adverse circumstances. So, are you aware of yourself or are you unconsciously keeping secrets from yourself, perhaps secrets you do not or cannot presently face? Another question - what are the consequences for care recipients when helpers who have others depending on them daily resist facing symptoms of burnout - a state where they can not function properly? For family care providers and helping professionals, a major stepping stone for preventing burnout is self

Transforming from the Embedded Grief while Providing Ongoing End-of-Life Care

How do we endure an “ongoing funeral” or “living death” while caring for a family member stricken with a lengthy, progressive, debilitating illness such as Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Acquired Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s/Related Dementia, etc? We often hear that to endure and maintain resiliency, it is best to have a healthy lifestyle which includes a good diet, rest, education, and utilizing available supports. What we often do not hear is about the series of losses that family care-givers experience while on the end of life path. These losses can impact their well-being, affecting their ability to carry out the care-giving role. Making a conscious effort to acknowledge, assess and assist in add

Loss of Control vs. Taking Control

Are we not all living with circumstances that are beyond our control, yet pondering on how we can take control of the circumstances? Or perhaps pondering if we had not taken better control in the past? There are many life situations we find ourselves in where there is a loss of control that can potentially impact us more than the actual adversity that occurred. In her article, Grief and Loss of Control, Maria Kubitz wrote about the grief related to her daughter's death. She acknowledged and assessed the loss of control, not knowing if the pain due to loss of complete control was worse than the pain of missing her daughter. Experiencing loss of control is common in death circumstances. It is

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