The Holidays can be such an exciting time as well as such a stressful time! Expectations may or may not be met. We may visit with family and friends who we don't usually see in our everyday lives.
As we spend time with others and hear their stories, sometimes the things they are saying are totally foreign! "What are they talking about?" we may wonder. But if we listen, we can we learn about our differences, and similarities. The world, and our lives would be boring without others. When we learn about what makes each of us and our situations unique, we can become stronger.
However, in our uniqueness, we share a bond in CYP that we have at least one family member with some type of health condition and that we give care for that person. With each family being different, and the variety of health conditions having their own nuances, as we share our stories, we realize we have much in common. Although there are differences in what we do, our many feelings and the challenges we face in caregiving are the similar. It's these feelings and challenges that unite us.
There is little we can do to change the health condition of our loved one; yet how we manage our feelings is something we can change, if change is needed. An example of a shared feeling is frustration, is so important to set our frustration so anger doesn't result! Take a break, listen to music, go for a walk or run, journal, read, or watch something funny, talk to a friend, or pray. If you know frustration is coming, try preventing it by doing calming activities. During 2017, do something good for you to manage your feelings before they get to a point that is tough to handle. Then, let others know what you have done to overcome your frustrations so they can learn from you.
If this happens to be a time when you are feeling challenged by caregiving worries or responsibilities, please speak with a CYP team member at your school's Lunch and Learn sessions or call the AACY office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on new solutions of caring and learning what works best for you and your family.