Have you heard of the “Sandwich Generation?”  It was new to me.

I guess being at the age of 54 years now, I am considered part of the “sandwich generation.”  People like me are feeling the pressure or “squeeze” of their children (or grand children maybe) and also the pressure of taking care of their aging parents.

Because of the economic situation going on right now, my husband and I invited my daughter and two grand daughters from Virginia to come and live with us  I am sure a lot of people are having to do the same around the country.

Having the luxury of working from home, I can be available to help out when my daughter is not available, which will be a tremendous help to her and a lot less stressful.

It was not easy the first couple of days, of course, everyone getting to know everyone’s needs, setting boundaries, etc. but we are happy to help anyone we can.  As a matter of fact, it is working well now that we have more structure and everyone knows what is expected of them.

At the same time, I have felt like I have been grieving for the past six months.  Grieving over losing my younger brother suddenly, seeing my Mom getting older and not able to do the things she used to do, and grieving that my life will never be the same again.  Not in a bad way,  just different.

We all seem to resist change.  I am trying to go with the flow and not resist anything.  When one resists, I think all kinds of challenges, especially health challenges show up.

If you find yourself in the same situation,  please remember to take care of yourself.  Carve out a some time for yourself when you can, even if just to sit by yourself in nature, take a walk, exercise, read, talk to a good friend, or spend time with your pets.

I have had to force myself to make some time for me and it really helps.  It makes the times you are with the family members pretty special.  We are all here to learn lessons, help each other and love each other.  Try to live each moment so you won’t have any regrets.

Here is an exercise you can do that will also help.

Take a ~deep inhale~ and appreciate this moment
exactly as it is, fully accepting YOU exactly as you
are right now.

~Exhale~ and release  fear, negative thinking,
worry, or frustration… anything that is no longer
serving you and you’re ready to let go of.

You have just created new space with that
conscious ~breath~ of healing.

Now, fill it up with all the love and light that is
surrounding you right now in this moment and always.

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