Blog: Self Development Coaching

March 6, 2019

Finding meaning in life is a cure for depression and other ills.  This is the claim made by Neel Burton M.D. in his article Man's Search for Meaning where he reiterates Viktor Frankl's message of hope: 

     Even in the most absurd, painful, and dispiriting of   

     circumstances, life can be given a meaning, and so too

     can suffering. Life in the concentration camp taught 

     Frankl that our ma...

February 16, 2019

Do you ever get into a stupor where you are so overwhelmed you do not know what to do first? Perhaps you are feeling this way now. Prioritizing is an empowering go-to strategy to assist you in sorting out the “mess” and prevent you from becoming immobilized. You can prioritize by writing out, acknowledging a list of what needs to get done and then assessing what needs to get done first. Prioritizing the list helps to get you on track. Key is writing it down rath...

Not all caregivers are over 65 years old. Actually there are many who are younger - as young as 15 years old. I cannot think of a better way to #acknowledgeassessassist in helping younger caregivers than to have you obtain tips straight from a younger caregiver.

Following is a guest post written by Stephanie:

I am 43 years old. I work full time and have 2 teenager daughters. (13 and 17) I am also a caregiver to my 46 year old husband that has Parkinsons Plus. He ge...

December 20, 2018

Are you struggling through this holiday season? Have situations such as job loss, marital breakup, illness or death in the family robbed you of your ability to celebrate? Or is there another reason?

Following is an #AcknowledgeAssessAssist list of things you can do to help you cope and hopefully make the holidays brighter:

Tip #1 Assist yourself and get out amidst nature. Take walks in a nature setting.

Tip #2 Practice gratitude for the blessings you have. A few e...

October 28, 2018

When life is going well and circumstances are stable, you can face everything. But, when  circumstances are not stable due to a family member's death or other loss experience, it can be difficult to face - to cope with what is going on. It is beneficial for you to have the tools to get through tough times especially when in reality, tough times tend to crop up again and again.

The 3-A Coping Tool: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist can serve the purpose of seeing you thr...

October 26, 2018

"I don't know what to say". You may want to console a close family member, friend or neighbor when you see them soon after experiencing a significant loss but you may be at a loss for words. This is definitely not unusual acknowledging that we live in a culture that has limited time and tolerance for sadness and tears. 

"How are you?" commonly accompanies greetings between two people whether on the phone or in person. Don't you find the response is most frequently...

October 1, 2018

How often have you heard the popular adage "Time is a great healer" offered as words of consolation to individuals who are in grief after losing a close family member to death. Although there are many who do not totally agree rather saying that time helps to manage the pain, it does help to understand that grief is a process.

Grief is not a static event but rather is ever-changing, in reaction to a significant loss. The loss takes on new meaning with different rea...

August 23, 2018

Negative situations alter your life. As a social worker and self development coach, mindfulness and grief processing are prime methods that I use to help you cope through negative life altering situations. Acknowledge, Assess, Assist, the 3-A Coping Tool that I developed houses these methods. The intention is to empower you so you can self monitor with self awareness while being present to cope through adversity and loss.

When situations of adversity and loss stri...

July 22, 2018

Physically or mentally, caregiving can takes “its” toll. What is the "it" of Keeping "It" Together while caregiving an ailing, aging parent or chronically ill family member? Even if the physical job is not 24/7, the worries may be there around the clock. You may be worrying about a family member who lives alone, has limited mobility and resisting help. 

Caregiving is something you do not normally sign up for but rather "it" falls upon you, sometimes without w...

March 3, 2018

The life of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's or other serious condition can definitely be overwhelming and time consuming. Assess for yourself - is this your mantra, "I am so busy." "I don't have time"? Are you, as a caregiver also dealing with your health issues in addition to your family member's?  Are you caught in the sandwich generation? You may also be employed outside of the home adding to the tremendous weight involved in daily living. Do you f...

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