Books recommended on self-care should start with Cheryl Richardson's, The Art of Extreme Self-Care. If you find yourself in the sandwich generation, then you are probably getting "squeezed" from both sides. You have obligations to your parents, your children, maybe your grandchildren. This book will be one that you should definitely add to your library. It is:
The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Own Life One Month at a Time
by Cheryl Richardson
Cheryl offers this book from the depths of her life. Both from her
work with the founder of coaching, Thomas J. Leonard, as well as having
to wrestle with the overwhelm of caregiving in her own life. She
introduces Thomas's concept of "extreme self-care" to the broad public
for purposes of healing and grounding people who are themselves trapped
in their cycle of unending caring and giving. Giving to others to the
point of utter exhaustion is ultimately destructive for you and those
your care for.
"I had to stop expecting others to read
my mind and start being direct about what I wanted. I was challenged to
try asking for help long before I needed it...I also had to begin asking
people to share the load instead of being a hero by attempting to do it
all myself." page xi
In 12 chapters you have exercises,
activities, challenges and questions all designed to help you lift up a
mirror to your own life and get a true picture of your life and how you
are managing it.
The idea is that you can only give your best if you are, at the core, caring for yourself the best. If you want to see that your family is well cared for, then your own health, your own environment, your own passions and interests, your own dreams all matter.
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