Being Your own Best Friend

For caregivers, having compassion for others is the easy part. What’s hard is showing that same compassion for ourselves. Instead, we’re often our own worst critic.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Having an attitude of gratitude can be HARD some days (I get it – I've been there). But it’s well worth the effort. 

Don't Be Afraid of Fear

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela

Don't Give in to Shame

Guilt and shame are very different things. We are guilty of something if we’ve broken a law or a rule, or if something we’ve done has offended or hurt someone. Nobody’s perfect, and we’ve all been guilty of something at some time in our lives, whether it was intentional or not.

Caring for the Caregivers

Support for caregivers and the loved ones with mental illness that they care for will be the theme of two fairs we have planned! …

The Benefits of Taking as Well as Giving

For many caregivers, it’s not in their nature to ask for help. We’re givers, not takers. We have a hard time when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Or taking help from others when it’s offered to us. …

Fatigue, Compassion, and Forgiveness

If you’re a caregiver, you’ve probably felt compassion fatigue at some point in your life. It’s a normal response to an extreme situation. …

Turn Your Focus Inward

It’s been a fantastic week for Courage to Caregivers. We now have three programs up and running – Support Groups and Breathing Meditation, which launched this week, and our One-to-One Caregiver Support program, which launched in November. …

A Path to Peace and Calm

With only two weeks until the launch of our two newest programs – Breathing Meditation and Support Groups – we’re so excited to see such an outstanding group of leaders, facilitators and caregivers coming together for self-care. …

How Tragic Endings Inspire Courageous Beginnings

When my brother shared that he wanted to end his life, I was booked on the next flight to be with him. We then worked together diligently for two more weeks to get a workable care plan in place. We struggled mightily to somehow get his life back in order. …

Empowerment Through Vulnerability

For me, it’s ALWAYS easier to OFFER help. It's at my very core. I love helping people get smarter, grow stronger, feel more empowered, and become more independent. …

We All Need Support

Early in our “idea phase” for Courage to Caregivers, I would tell people about my experience of providing emotional support as a long-distance mental illness caregiver for my younger brother. Then, I would share my idea for improved self-care for caregivers. Many friends and stakeholders often immediately asked the question – “Why is self-care so important to YOU?” …

Education and Self-Care

You’ve probably noticed the emphasis we place on three words at Courage to Caregivers – educationsupport, and empowerment. Those words appear prominently on our website, in all of our materials, and as underlying themes for all of our programs. …

Letting Go in the New Year

It probably won’t surprise you that I have “issues” with New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s because I have a complicated relationship with “expectations”. For me, expectations lead to disappointment. …

Looking Back on a Great Year (2018), Thanks to YOU

I don’t often look “back.” I find it’s too easy to focus on what I didn’t accomplish, or shouldn’t have done, and after all, what can we actually DO about things in the past? …

The Pursuit of Happiness

Many people believe happiness is a choice. Yet, for someone living with clinical depression … is it REALLY a choice? …

Stress, the "Anti-Peace"

Last week, we talked about healthy caregiving and the importance of inner peace. But sometimes, especially during this time of year, stress can spoil our peace. …