Family Relationships

Join other women in the sandwich generation - share ideas and solutions as you learn to nourish family relationships without starving yourself.

Monday, May 19, 2008

On almost a daily basis, as Sandwiched Boomers, you are bombarded by a variety of tasks involving aging parents and growing children. You're also balancing a myriad of responsibilities at home with those that confront you at work. And that's without mentioning your ongoing commitment to stay healthy, lose weight and exercise regularly. Just thinking about your hectic lifestyle can stop you in your tracks.

If you find yourself in this predicament and are feeling the time crunch, join us over the next few days - we're going to give you some practical guidelines.

First of all, take a deep breath and let go of negative thoughts about yourself in relation to getting stuff done. Actively dispute the notion that you are lazy, apathetic or can't get a handle on the process. Choose a simple affirmation or a mantra that rings true for you - such as, yes I can - and repeat it often, out loud and with conviction. Give yourself an emotional break and watch what happens.

Make a start, any start. Buy a journal or borrow one of the notebooks your son isn't using and do your homework. Write out some specific goals and break them down into smaller, more manageable short term objectives. Reflect on their purpose and what that means to you. Consider the character strengths and personal resources you have that will help you achieve your goals.

Click on "comments" below and follow the directions to share your thoughts - let us know about the affirmations that work for you and the goals that you are setting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mention exercise and that hit a nerve. I spend so much time after work carpooling my kids to activities ot taking my parents grocery shopping or to doctor appointments, going to the gym is always last on my list. I affirm to working out at least twice a week. Penny

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea of letting go of negative thoughts - I know that would free up some time for me.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote in my diary every day when I was a teenager. My friends who keep a journal find it helpful so I'm going to try it for myself.

9:20 PM  

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