Speaking Point: Just who are the sandwich generation? They are baby-boomers who find themselves caring for their children as well as their aging parents. Doing so is a real tough balancing act for these tired souls. For many the stress becomes unbearable. Some suffer from “chronic stress paradigm” a biochemical abnormality resulting from constant stress and strain. This stress also takes its toll on personal relationships. So how can someone sandwiched between generations get relief?
Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney who comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today. She is the author of Self-fullness: The Art of Loving and Caring for Your ‘Self’.
Speaking Point: Take These Steps to Help Yourself if You are a Slice of the Sandwich
Speaking Point: 1. Set priorities –delegate and allocate; remember you cannot do it all- ask for help – hired and free.
Speaking Point: 2. Identify stressors – figure out what hurts you the most, then take steps to deal with it
Speaking Point: 3. Find ways to manage your stress – walk; exercise; talk; crying is good too
Speaking Point: 4. Take care of yourself – rest; sleep; drink water; eat well; exercise; have some fun
Speaking Point: 5. Cope with guilty feelings-guilt suggests you are doing something bad or wrong. Get professional help if you feel burdened by guilty feelings.