Time to Step Off the Merry-go-Round

How many of you are feeling overwhelmed? Come on; it’s ok to say yes. Actually, it’s therapeutic to say yes. Admitting when life has just tilted a bit too far is the first step in being able to turn it around. 

I don’t have a permanent quick fix for you, but what I do know is that by acknowledging where you are and what you are feeling is the first step in making a change. As much as most of us would like a magic wand to wave over situations that aren’t going the way, we’d like, or people to changed their ways, it will never fix it. But there are ways to help you cope which in turn may way change the outcome. 

As a family caregiver, you tend to your loved one 24/7 in some cases, for others you’ve lost your loved one and the day-to-day of the aftermath is overwhelming. We all go through it. I just found out that a dear friend has breast cancer, again. I am grateful to say that her prognosis is good, but she’s got a long road ahead no doubt. The news was shaking, and it was a vivid reminder that life is short and there are no real guarantees to our days. I wanted so badly to wave that wand and fix her, and it reminds me of stories that I hear from many of you with your loved ones. 

So when life gets overwhelming or rough, it is so important to reach out for something to uplift your perspective. I remember a saying form a wise man; Change your thinking, change your life. 

This article has some great ideas; 101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When the World Feels Overwhelming

In the middle of all it, we all need to step back and do one of my favorite things listed in this article; “Breathe. Deeply. Slowly. Four counts in. Six counts out.” 

I realize that not all of these will pertain to you, but I just bet there are a few tips in here that will resonate with you and help you through your days. The final sentence there is imperative; “You’re not alone in this.” None of you are, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for help, fill up your tank. 

Exciting news, we have a new walk on Saturday’s!

Woooooohooooooo!!!! I’ll be there as we kick off our new walk April 14, 9 AM at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View. Our Affiliate Bay Area Cancer Connections hosts this walk, and it replaces the one we had on Tuesday so that more of you can join us. 

We ask that you RSVP by Thursday (two days before) to reserve your spot, so we know to expect you and to give you a name/phone number for the point of contact for the walk that day. 

For more information and to sign up visit the Breathing Spaces website. Feel free to email me with any questions; [email protected]. I hope to see you there!


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