Are you part of the sandwich generation?
Do you still have kids at home, or childcare responsibilities for grandkids? All while juggling care for ageing parents? For many people this is reality.
You've worked hard all your life yet now you find that instead of looking forward to the easy life of retirement and finally doing what you want to do, you're suddenly expected to take on more (usually unpaid) work and stress. Kids may be struggling to afford to leave the family home, or to pay for childcare for their own kids, parents may be showing signs of frailty and vulnerability, particularly to unscrupulous strangers/con-artists. It's relentless, you feel as though you must be constantly vigilant and frankly you're in danger of burnout.
As a society we have lost track of what really matters, we reward tax evaders and glamourise the gross accumulation and hoarding of wealth while we accept the decline of services in health, aged care, child care, education, housing and infrastructure as par for the course. This of course if a fallacy, with proper distribution there is no reason why we can't afford to provide quality care for our young, elderly and sick.
However, until society as a whole figures out how to get back on track with ensuring that human rights are respected above wealth accumulation, we have to figure out how to manage our own physical, psychological and emotional resources so that we are not spread so thin that we evaporate!
Self-care is of the utmost importance, many people have been conditioned to believe that this is selfish and that that is a negative thing, however some selfishness is essential to our survival. Without self-care we deteriorate and we are no good to anyone.
It's time for each of us to start a revolution, to decide it's our time. To stop and reevaluate how we are living, how we are setting and accepting the expectations of others as our fate. How we would like things to change and what we’re going to do to effect that change.
What action are you going to take?
What can you do to relieve some of the pressure on you starting today? What do you do to take care of you? How much time to you allow just for you? Do you have someone you can talk to? Do you exercise? Do you socialise? Do you practice Mindfulness? All of these can help you rebalance and restore your energy. Do you set boundaries? This one can be tricky, however it's the most essential.
You may find you need some help in this process, help with shedding the unnecessary guilt, help getting clarity about what you want and what's really been keeping you stuck, help working through all the complex emotions that the sandwich generation feels, anger, resentment, fear, guilt, sadness, regret, disappointment etc. These are heavy emotions to carry and they use a tremendous amount of energy when they are unresolved, creating a lot of stress, negatively impacting your relationships and wearing you down.
Therapy can really help with this. Many of my clients find themselves at this crossroads in life, and feel incredibly stuck and overwhelmed, therapy allows them to work through the blocks and gain a sense of empowerment. Hypnotherapy helps people reconnect to their own inner resources, to their own innate wisdom in order to find solutions that are often obscured by the blinding pace of modern life.
If you’d like to learn how I can help you please feel free to give me a call on 0435 923 817, or visit my main website pages via this link. I’m located in Mentone, South East Melbourne however I see an increasing number of clients via Zoom online so distance is no longer a barrier to getting the help you need.
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Melbourne Hypnotherapist Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina Specialises in helping people with Anxiety Disorders and is an active member of the Melbourne Hypnotherapy Community. In Melbourne Hypnosis is being accepted as effective tool for anyone wanting to achieve a positive change in Mood, Behaviour and Habit.
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