Family Relationships

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

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Yesterday we promised you Sandwiched Boomers some tips to help you focus on taking care of yourself for a change. Here are three to think about today as you get started giving yourself more than just the time of day:

Whether you are changing jobs, having a baby, facing an empty nest, welcoming a boomerang kidult home, caring for a parent with Alzheimer's or anticipating your spouse's retirement, you don't have to cope with it alone. Find others in like situations or a women's group and gain emotional support as you share ideas.

As caring for your family-in-flux requires more and more of your energy, you in the Sandwich Generation may not be able to spend as much time with your friends. Resolve to stay in contact with them - even though your to-do list keeps growing and your calendar is full. Friendships and the social support they provide can be a potent antidote to the toxins of daily hassles.

Schedule in some quiet, private time and do something that gives you pleasure - take a walk by the water, enjoy the beauty of a sunset, immerse yourself in a good book. Think of this as a personal retreat that provides the opportunity to reconnect and re-center yourself.

Think about how you can implement some of these tips and stay tuned in tomorrow for more ideas about how to become self-full.

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