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Dec 21, 2017 · ~ Anger ~ in Mental Health

I’m so glad to be of some help. If you have the gift of cooking, then yes, it sounds like an excellent idea to find people who need that.
Something I forgot to put into the post was (and let’s face it, it was already WAY too long!): Negative thoughts – I’m an expert on these. You give me any situation and although on the surface I’ll be positive, underneath and in my head are all sorts of really negative thoughts and ‘what if’ situations being churned around. I made up my mind that I was not going to be like that anymore (it’s only taken me nearly 60 years to reach this stage……). So, each time a negative thought starts to pop into my head, I immediately say ‘STOP’, either out loud if I’m on my own, or in my head if I’m in company (no-one wants to be considered weird do they?) . It takes a while to get into the habit but I was determined to start turning my life around and it has honestly made a huge difference, along with all the other suggestions. I feel much more positive (hopefully that WILL continue – heck no, that wasn’t positive enough – I KNOW it will continue – see what I did there, using a more positive attitude!) and my Mum seems more relaxed too because I am not so strung out. I much prefer living my life like this than the old me. So all you lovely people out there: my prayer for all of you is that you have the best Christmas you’ve had for a long time remembering what Christmas is REALLY about, that HE came because HE loves us so much! If HE loves you that much, then you can love yourself too and start living the life you should have. Love to everyone from Wales (UK)! x

Dec 18, 2017 · ~ Anger ~ in Mental Health

Oh my goodness, I do so understand your anger. We all have friends that sail through life don’t we? The perfect childhood, the perfect marriage, the perfect children who have perfect marriages and perfect grandchildren and then the perfect retirement. Why do some have such a life and some have so many problems and so many struggles? We will never know the answer to that but if (like me) you don’t have the perfect anything then we need to find a way to cope with what we do have.
My brother and I were physically abused by our father and beaten for our entire childhood / young adult years. Maybe it is understandable as my father had in turn been physically abused by his father. Years ago, I chose to forgive our father but (even as we both approach our 60’s) my brother still harbours great anger about it. When my daughter was born I knew it was within me to be abusive to her too. She was a difficult baby. I was in a strange country where I knew nobody and she never slept. I was exhausted. I could have been violent at times. However, I chose to break the cycle and not carry on as previous generations had.
My daughter (who is now a single mother) has mental health problems and I choose to spend as much time as I can with my 7 year old grandson to give him respite.
Three years ago my mother (who lived in Spain) came to live with me as she had dementia. I could have put her in a home but I chose to have her living in our house. It is exhausting and depressing dealing with all the problems in my life.
But I have been made to realise that although it may seem like a Hobson’s choice everything that robs me of my independence and patience and sanity has actually been my choice. When I can acknowledge that, I feel much better. When talking to people about my situation, I used to say ‘I had to give up a good job to look after Mum’. Now I say, ‘I gave up work to look after Mum’. It was my choice. It is sometimes hard to see this but it is true.
Also, never underestimate the power of good nutrition to counteract unhealthy moods. Try to make sure you cut right back on sugar and alcohol and all the things that give you a quick high but make the situation worse in the long run. Try to eat healthily and make sure you are getting the right vitamins and minerals. A lack of B vitamins or iron can increase feelings of anger. If you can afford it, find a good nutritionist to advise you.
Learn how to be Kind to YOURSELF. I am still trying to do this! In fact the person who most of my anger is directed at is ME. Making silly mistakes makes me angry. Being frustrated with Mum makes me angry when I know she can’t help her behaviour and I should know better.
Be thankful for the blessings in your life. I know it can be hard when you can only see the negatives but there is always something to be thankful for. Knowing you have a huge pile of ironing to do might make you feel angry HOWEVER there are people who would give anything to be well enough to be able to physically do that ironing. So as you pick up that iron, say thank you that you can actually do it.
Lastly, (if you are still awake after all this!) try this for immediately calming you down. Breathe in deeply to the count of 4. Hold for a count of 7. Breathe out to the count of 8. This immediately puts your body into a more relaxed state. (I use it often, especially when holding on the phone for ages and wanting to reach inside the phone and strangle the person who says repeatedly: ‘your call is important to us and will be answered shortly’!). It is also very good for helping you to sleep. Do it before going to sleep and again if you wake up in the night.
I hope some of the above will be of help to somebody.

Nov 23, 2017 · Caregiver for my mom. in Caregivers

Also, you must do what you can to get your sisters to help you! Try and find a way to make them understand how difficult things are for you and that you can’t reasonably be expected to cope on your own.

Nov 23, 2017 · Caregiver for my mom. in Caregivers

I so feel for you. I am 58 and have had my Mum living with me for nearly 3 years. She has dementia. I struggle too. I have a daughter who is a single Mum and has mental and physical health problems so I spend a lot of time also looking after my 7 year old grandson. It is hard work looking after everyone! You sound like you really need help. I see a counsellor because I got very depressed about everything and also Mum has respite. I am in the UK. I don’t know if you are in the US (the spelling of ‘Mom’ is a clue) and how different things are for you there? I urge you to get as much assistance as you can from the relevant social services / authorities. I will pray for you. Although Mum is very easy to look after compared to most, I still get feelings of immense frustration, anger and despair so although I don’t have mental health problems myself, I can sympathise. You are probably like me, wondering after looking after children, grandchildren and parents, when your life will actually begin for YOU! Please don’t suffer in silence. Please ask what is available for people like you in your area.