Making It In The Sandwich Generation

Are you part of the sandwich generation?

The ‘sandwich generation’ refers to parents who are taking care of their parents and children, which causes them to feel ‘sandwiched’ between them due to their dual responsibilities.

While this is often admired in society, it tends to come at a heavy cost. You may be feeling exhausted, torn between your responsibilities and even resentful.

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Here are 3 tips to help you keep going:

Self-Care

The first step to managing is making sure you’re okay. You can only give as much as you have. And you can only have as much as you can take in. So, it is essential to put yourself into the equation.

How you do this is up to you but you need to make sure it feels like ‘care.’ This can give you more energy for yourself and for your loved ones.

Self-Compassion

You are a human and that makes you imperfect. The important thing is to recognize this fact and be kind to yourself. Today, there are studies highlighting the positive effects of self-compassion on various areas.

The next time you find yourself being tough on yourself and beating yourself up for not being enough, replace the message with one of understanding and kindness. You may just find yourself with more energy and compassion for your loved ones too.

Others-Help

You may be able to drop some of the load by allowing others to do more. Can someone else make this phone call or accompany your mom or dad? Are there any organizations you can turn to? Are any friends or family members offering help in any areas?

Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation, for example, can take a lot off your shoulders when it comes to your elderly loved one. That’s what were here for. So, please let us know how we can be of even more assistance and seek out others in your life, who are willing to help.

By allowing others to help you, you’ll be able to direct your limited resources to where they’re needed most.

How do you manage being in the sandwich generation?

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