Saturday, June 16, 2012

Caregivers... Do You Know Someone That Cares Too Much?

Here's a quick checklist:
  • My good feelings about who I am stem from receiving approval from you, the care receiver, as well as other loved ones, friends and people at work.
  • My struggle affects my serenity.
  • My mental attention is focused on you, the care receiver.
  • My fear of your anger, disappointment and regret determines what I say or do.
  • My social circle diminishes as I involve myself with you.
  • My self-esteem is bolstered by relieving your pain.
  • My own hobbies/interests are put to one side. My time is spent sharing your hobbies/interests.
  • I am not aware of how I feel. I am only aware of how you feel.
  • I am not aware of what I want. I ask what you want.
  • The dreams I have for my future are linked to you.
  • The quality of my life is in relation to the quality of yours. 
Stay tuned for ideas to keep you, the caregiver, healthy.

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