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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Careworn Caregivers

According to Joanne Koenig Coste in her book Learning to Speak Alzheimer's, 30% of caregivers will die before the patients they are caring for do.  It's a startling statistic that brings into sharp focus the high-stress demands of caring for a loved one.

If you're in the caregiver role, you'll hear over and over how important it is to take care of yourself.  Coste herself gives several pages to this topic...but it's hard to imagine how one can fit those suggestions into the real-life situation.

It's not that you don't want to. But the realities of giving care to a loved one with a chronic and progessive condition such as dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke or other condition often keep us in a state of extreme stress. 

Even when we can get a moment to ourselves, it's often spent worrying or grieving over our situation.  Knowing how harmful these emotions are to our health simply adds to the stress, creating a highly toxic cycle.

There are many ways to break the stress cycle and promoto relaxation.  My favorite is using meridian tapping tachniques, like EFT.  Why?

It's fast.  If you can't get 20, 10, or even five minutes to yourself, you can still use EFT and Meridian tapping.  It only takes 30-60 seconds to tap a round, and you can find yourself relaxing and thinking more clearly often from one round.

It's share-able.  You can do it for yourself, and of course the ripple effect of more serenity and focus for you will benefit your loved one.  But even better, you can also do it for, with or on your loved one.  It might even become a favorite shared activity.

It's personal.  You can easily learn, use and customize EFT or Meridian tapping to your own specific caregiving routine.  If you're really overwhelmed, you don't even have to use words.  Just tap the points.

For an example of how one person used EFT to dissolve her feelings of guilt about having to put her husband in a facility, read Carna Zacharias-Miller's beautiful case history.

And you can find a quick primer or reminder on how to do the technique here.
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 Meridian tapping techniques are currently considered complementary health approaches, not mainstream Western medicine. For current studies on EFT, TFT and other meridian tapping techniques, visit http://www.energypsych.org/?Research_Landing.  EFT and Meridian Tapping is not therapy or medicine.  My services are educational; I'm not a therapist, counselor or healthcare professional. I don't diagnose or treat. Tapping is not intended to take the place of psychological or medical care; it is intended to help you relieve stress to experience greater well-being.  Please consult a doctor or therapist for medical or psychological counseling needs.

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