The Caregiver Cup Podcast

Cathy VandenHeuvel

Empowering caregivers with knowledge, resources and tools so they can be the best they can be.  This podcast focuses on ways for the caregiver to reduce stress, burnout, can embrace moments of joy in their new normal. Listen weekly to Cathy's personal experiences, coaching, tips, inspiration, and interviews.

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Journey of Love: A Decade of Caregiving with Laureen
3d ago
Journey of Love: A Decade of Caregiving with Laureen
When Laureen Wysocki stepped into the role of a caregiver for her husband, Kevin, with young-onset dementia, she embarked on a path that would test her strength and resilience. Our heartfelt conversation with this courageous opera singer and dedicated caregiver shines a light on the complexity and beauty of caring for a loved one. Laureen's narrative, intertwined with her music, unfolds like a poignant aria, revealing the power of self-love, the need for a support network, and how she manages to harmonize the many facets of her life.Throughout our time together, Laureen opened up about the crucial balance between providing care and maintaining one's own well-being. It's a delicate dance of setting boundaries, being clear in communication, and finding solace in practices like gratitude and journaling. She emphasized the importance of seeking and accepting help, and how vital support from counseling to community can be. Her insights offer a beacon of hope to those who might find themselves in similar shoes, reminding us that self-care is not just necessary, it's a lifeline.Ending on a note of joy and optimism, Laureen's story is a testament to finding light in the darkest of times. She shared touching moments of connection with Kevin and the importance of cherishing small victories, like a special Valentine's Day that reminded her of love's enduring presence. Her journey, though fraught with challenges, teaches us to find and hold onto moments of happiness. Laureen's experiences serve as an inspiring reminder that even amidst life's most trying circumstances, there is beauty to be found and hope to be had.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Caregiver Cuisine: What's for Dinner Tonight?
Apr 9 2024
Caregiver Cuisine: What's for Dinner Tonight?
As a fellow traveler on the caregiving journey, I know the daily grind can sometimes leave us feeling like mealtime is just another mountain to climb. That's why I'm bringing you tried-and-true meal planning strategies to lift the burden off your shoulders.  We'll tackle everything from the art of crafting a weekly meal plan that syncs with the unpredictable rhythm of caregiving, to the wonders of slow cookers and the hidden gems of local meal service businesses. Join me as we explore ways to keep both our spirits and our loved ones well-nourished, with a nod to our listener Maria, who reminds us all of the resilience and dedication found in the heart of every caregiver.In this heart-to-heart, you'll not only hear tips and personal tales from my own life as a working mom but you'll also find out how to turn your kitchen into a haven of efficiency. We'll chat about the magic of prepping ingredients ahead of time, the genius of repurposing leftovers into new, mouth-watering dishes, and even how to embrace meal delivery services on those days when the stove might as well be on Mars. It's all about keeping mealtime simple, satisfying, and stress-free. So, whether you're someone who relishes the sizzle of the skillet or you approach cooking with the enthusiasm of a cat in water, this episode is your culinary compass, pointing you towards peaceful evenings and plates full of love.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Building Your Caregiver Toolkit to Stress Better
Apr 2 2024
Building Your Caregiver Toolkit to Stress Better
Years of rushing to catch flights and balancing a career with raising children taught me a crucial lesson: adversity breeds resilience. Today, I'm inviting you on a heartfelt exploration of how a well-stocked caregiver toolkit can turn the daunting into the doable. Reflecting on the anxiety that once gripped me before every work trip, I share the transformative 'three I's' technique that reshaped my approach to life's turbulence—Identify, Implement, and go All IN—and how this can be a lifeline for anyone immersed in the world of caregiving.Venture with me into the depths of managing stress and the art of simplification, as we navigate the complexities of caregiving. I'll take you through the process of creating a consistent routine, much like my trusty packing list for travel, and how this anchors us amidst the chaos. This isn't just about overcoming the hurdles of life; it's about embracing them, learning from them, and emerging more empowered with a toolkit tailored to our unique experiences. From anger to worry, to strategizing care, I unveil how we can all find solace in the collective wisdom gathered from our shared journeys.I encourage you to craft your very own resilience toolkit so you can Stress Better—one that's as unique as your fingerprints and as robust as your spirit. I share snippets from my personal collection of tools, hoping to inspire you to reflect on the instruments you've already mastered and those you might wish to acquire. Let’s connect on Instagram at @cathylynnvan and exchange stories, tips, and encouragement. Let’s not just survive the caregiving expedition; let's thrive within it, filling our cups first so we can pour into others with generosity and love.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers
Mar 26 2024
Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers
Join us for an insightful discussion on "Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers." In this episode, we delve into the challenging realm of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its impact on caregivers. Host Cathy bravely shares her personal journey of recognizing and navigating her mother's NPD, shedding light on the complexities of caregiving amidst mental health disorders.Discover the signs and symptoms of NPD, gaining valuable knowledge to identify and understand narcissistic behaviors in your loved ones. From manipulation and entitlement to fragile self-esteem and extreme demands, we explore the multifaceted traits characteristic of NPD.But it's not just about recognition – it's about empowerment. Learn practical coping strategies and boundary-setting techniques essential for safeguarding your well-being while caring for someone with NPD. Cathy offers heartfelt advice based on her own experiences, highlighting the importance of self-care and resilience in the face of adversity.Tune in to gain valuable insights and actionable tips for navigating the complexities of caregiving amidst narcissism. Together, let's embark on a journey of understanding, healing, and empowerment.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Reclaiming Rest: Prioritizing Sleep as Essential Self-Care for Caregivers
Mar 19 2024
Reclaiming Rest: Prioritizing Sleep as Essential Self-Care for Caregivers
Have you ever found yourself staring at the ceiling at 2 AM, worrying about a loved one you care for, instead of sleeping? You're not alone; an overwhelming majority of caregivers experience sleep disturbances, a topic we're addressing head-on in today's heart-to-heart on The Caregiver Cup Podcast. With sleep being as fundamental to health as diet and exercise, we certainly can't afford to keep ignoring it—especially when the stakes involve our capacity to care for others and ourselves. As a former hospice caregiver, I've personally felt the brain fog and emotional turmoil that come from sleep deprivation. This episode is a candid exploration of the havoc a lack of sleep wreaks on our mental health, with anxiety and depression often creeping in. But it's not all grim; I'm offering a lifeline in the form of practical solutions, like the four, three, two, one method—a structured approach to easing into a restful night. You'll find out how simple changes to your evening and morning routines can dramatically shift your sleep quality, setting you up for more peaceful nights and energized mornings. Let's face it, creating a sanctuary for sleep isn't just about fancy pillows and blackout curtains; it's about a holistic approach to winding down, embracing natural light, and establishing rituals that signal to our bodies that it's time to rest. We'll dissect the science and the strategies, from curbing the blue light menace to rethinking that morning coffee ritual. So curl up with your favorite blanket and join us on a journey to reclaim your nights, as we implore you to prioritize sleep as an ultimate act of self-care. Because a well-rested caregiver is a beacon of hope and strength for those who depend on us the most.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Mastering Challenges: The 5 Essential Steps for Caregivers
Mar 12 2024
Mastering Challenges: The 5 Essential Steps for Caregivers
When dental discomfort knocked at my door, it brought with it a landslide of challenges and revelations about the caregiver journey I never expected to face. The ache became a stern teacher, imparting lessons on resilience, self-advocacy, and the art of managing crises with a clear head. Through my own narrative of navigating a toothache, I peel back the layers on what it means to show up as your best self amidst adversity. This isn't just a tale of physical pain; it's a beacon for anyone who's ever felt swamped by the weight of caregiving, offering guidance on staying the course when the going gets tough.The journey of a caregiver is often a solo trek, but this episode brings to light the collective wisdom and strategies to handle the emotional and practical hurdles that come with the role. From dissecting the emotional turmoil to strategically asking the right questions for expedited medical care, the episode delves into the importance of clear communication and the power of a strong support network. Whether you're in the throes of managing acute discomfort or teetering on the brink of feeling overwhelmed, the insights shared here will empower you to take actionable steps toward not just enduring but thriving in the demanding role of a caregiver.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Embracing the Journey: The Transformative Power of Gratitude Journaling and Self-Care for Caregivers
Mar 5 2024
Embracing the Journey: The Transformative Power of Gratitude Journaling and Self-Care for Caregivers
When I stumbled upon my late father's journals, a 40-year legacy of his thoughts and experiences, it was like finding a hidden doorway to the past and a spark for my future. His perseverance through the blank pages inspired me, Cathy, to embark on my own journaling journey, which I'm thrilled to share with you. As we explore the emotional rollercoaster of starting and maintaining a journal, I dive into the initial challenges and share candidly about the emotions that arise when life tries to crowd out this introspective practice.Discover the simple yet profound practice of gratitude journaling in this heartfelt episode, where I reveal how listing daily thanksgivings and celebrating personal victories can significantly shift one's mental landscape towards positivity—even amidst life's toughest challenges, like my husband's cancer battle. It's a discussion that moves beyond the pages of a journal, as I offer practical tips for weaving gratitude into the fabric of everyday life, transforming protective negative thinking into a celebration of the good that surrounds us.Closing this chapter, I underscore the special significance of journaling for caregivers, a group to which many of us belong, often without realizing the weight we carry. I extend an invitation to you to partake in this reflective practice, to share your own stories and setups, and to discover how this simple act of self-care can bring joy, empathy, and love into clearer focus. It's not just about writing down words—it's about nurturing the caregiver within and enriching our shared experiences on this journey of care. Join me, and let's embark on this path of personal growth and gratitude together.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Mastering Hospitalization For Your Loved Ones with Dr. Monique Nugent
Feb 27 2024
Mastering Hospitalization For Your Loved Ones with Dr. Monique Nugent
Discover the keys to navigating the complex waters of hospitalization as we sit down with Dr. Monique Nugent, an experienced hospitalist and the author of "Prescription for Admission: A Doctor’s Guide for Navigating the Hospital, Advocating for Yourself, and Having a Better Hospitalization." Through our enlightening conversation, you'll learn how to be an effective advocate for your loved ones, uncover the pivotal role that hospitalists play, and grasp the significance of aligning with your loved one's values. Dr. Nugent's wisdom is invaluable, providing an list of strategies to de-stress and improve the overall experience during these trying times.We dive into the essentials of personal health information management and the game-changing advantages of electronic medical records. Imagine the peace of mind knowing that your medication lists and specialists' contact information are just a touch away, especially during emergencies. In our final segments, we tackle the emotional roller coaster of caregiving and how to enhance interactions with hospital staff. It's all about setting the right communication expectations, appointing a primary family contact, and acknowledging the crucial role of caregiver emotional health. Dr. Nugent's passion is palpable as she guides us through strategies to improve these interactions, emphasizing the power of a community that supports one another. Don't miss out on the wealth of knowledge and resources that Dr. Nugent shares, designed to fortify you with comfort, communication, and compassion in healthcare settings.   In addition to her book, you can find resource on her website at drmoniquenugent.com/Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
7 Questions To Ask When Nothing Seems To Be Working In Your Caregiver Life
Feb 20 2024
7 Questions To Ask When Nothing Seems To Be Working In Your Caregiver Life
In this episode, I share what to do when it feels like nothing is working in your caregiver life because these times are tough when you are the primary caregiver and feel alone and like you're the only one dealing with hard times.  I share my approach that helps me and my clients navigate the tough times and come out stronger on the other side.   I share my step-by-step process (which includes 7 questions to ask yourself) for assessing the stressful situation and creating a focused and intentional plan to move forward.  All along the way we also check in with your mental health to ensure that you're taking care of yourself as well as your loved done.  Takeaways:  You are not alone in experiencing challenges in your caregiver life.  Caregiving is hard and it will have it's ups and downs.  Stop being so hard on yourself.  You are doing the best you can.  So grant yourself grace.  Assess the situation by pausing, checking in on yourself and identifying your stress.  Focus on what you can control and take intentional action.  find accountability and support to focus and navigate your tough seasons.  Remember the lessons learned from tough seasons for future challenges and to become a better you.  Blog Post: Question To Check In With Yourself - https://www.cathylvan.com/blog/201Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Celebrating 200 Episodes:  Unveiling the Strength Inside Every Caregiver's Story
Feb 13 2024
Celebrating 200 Episodes: Unveiling the Strength Inside Every Caregiver's Story
Celebrate with us as we uncork the bubbly for the 200th episode of the Caregiver Cup podcast, a journey that's transformed from the humble beginnings of the Caregiver Wife to a haven for all sorts of caregiving champions. We're tackling the role of 'CEO' of our caregiving situations, armed with strategies for juggling the complexities of care without losing ourselves in the process. In today's heartfelt reflection, I'll share the catalyst behind our podcast's name and how we've grown into a spotlight of support and guidance for you, our precious community. Together, we'll marvel at the audacity of a listener who, at 64, reminds us that it's never too late to pluck the strings of a new passion, like those of a cello.As your fellow traveler on this intricate caregiving path, I'll take you through the landscapes of stress and guilt often encountered along the way. We're not just identifying these challenges; we're equipping ourselves with a toolkit of solutions to navigate them. From examining the roots of caregiver burnout to offering practical advice for when the weight of decision-making feels unbearable, today's episode is a treasure trove of solidarity and strategy. Your stories and reviews illuminate the way, and as I talk through Sarah and Kaylee's great questions that surely help all caregivers. As we glance back at the road traveled and eagerly anticipate what's ahead, episode 201 beckons us with the promise of more growth, more connection, and more victories to celebrate. From coping strategies to heartwarming triumphs, each step on this journey reinforces that we are not just caregivers; we are the heart and soul that keep the world turning for those we love.If you have a comment, question, feedback or request, please go to https://www.fanlist.com/cathylynnvan.  Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
From Corporate VP to A Dual Caregiver's Tale of Self-Care and Transformation:  Interview with Tracey Donaldson
Feb 6 2024
From Corporate VP to A Dual Caregiver's Tale of Self-Care and Transformation: Interview with Tracey Donaldson
When life handed Tracy Donaldson the unexpected role of a dual caregiver, it carved a path of profound transformation, from corporate VP to the intimate realities of supporting both her mother and spouse through their personal health battles. This episode takes you through her candid journey, sharing the complexities of caregiving intertwined with the process of self-reinvention. Tracy's experience serves as a beacon for those navigating similar terrains, offering wisdom on harnessing your strengths and the courage to accept help without shame.If there's one thing that my own brush with personal loss has taught me, it's that self-care isn't just a luxury—it's an essential part of the caregiving equation. This conversation unravels the self-care strategies that have been my lifeline: from meditation and exercise to the power of connection with friends. Discover the delicate art of maintaining your own well-being while fulfilling the demanding roles of a caregiver, and why it's crucial to find moments of joy and fulfillment amidst the responsibility.In the rich tapestry of family dynamics and personal fulfillment, this episode explores the emotional depth and practical aspects of caregiving. As Tracy and I share our family experiences, we shed light on the importance of embracing each family member's unique contributions, finding personal strengths, and navigating the guilt that often accompanies the balancing act. Our exchange culminates with a focus on actionable steps to enhance the caregiving journey, emphasizing why it's essential to find joy and satisfaction even in the midst of life's most challenging chapters.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Comfort Unveiled: A Journey through the Caregiver's Learning Zone
Jan 30 2024
Comfort Unveiled: A Journey through the Caregiver's Learning Zone
When my husband Denis faced his stem cell transplant, I found myself in a debilitating zone of fear.   This podcast peels back the curtain on the raw, transformative journey of caregiving, and I open up about the emotional quest from fear to empowerment. If you've ever found yourself floundering in the depths of the fear zone or cautiously stepping into the growth zone, join me as we uncover the resilience and lessons hidden in these experiences.Through the lens of my story and our community's shared narratives, we navigate the intricate dance of learning to communicate with healthcare professionals, understanding medical information like a pro, and knowing when to take a step back. Empowerment in caregiving doesn't come easy—it's a patchwork of confidence built on acknowledging our strengths and confronting our limitations. Whether you're facing the challenge of interpreting lab results or learning when to ask for help, this episode is a testament to the growth that comes from every challenge we meet head-on.As we wrap up, remember that caregiving is a marathon, not a sprint. It's about pacing ourselves, automating the mundane to make room for self-care, and allowing patience to guide us through the ebbs and flows of our roles. I invite you to reflect on your path and the zones you've traversed, knowing that this community stands beside you as a pillar of support and a beacon for learning and growing together.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Navigating Boundaries: From Why to How in Caregiving Communication
Jan 23 2024
Navigating Boundaries: From Why to How in Caregiving Communication
As a caregiver, the rain of responsibilities can be relentless, but I've learned that the right umbrella can keep you dry and standing strong. It took me revisiting the trials of managing my mother's care after her lung cancer treatments to truly understand the weight and worth of setting healthy boundaries. This episode is a heart-to-heart on why erecting these protective barriers is essential for caregivers, and how doing so can be the very lifeline that keeps us afloat in a sea of demands. We navigate the delicate balance between professional duties and the intimate role of caring for a parent, sharing how to carve out space for yourself without apology.Crucial to any caregiver's toolkit is the ability to communicate these boundaries with grace and firmness. I bring you real-life scenarios, like coordinating with my brother on our mother's medical appointments, to show you how setting clear expectations is done. We also tackle the finer points of working with healthcare professionals, maintaining patient privacy under HIPAA laws, and managing the influx of visitors. For those looking to transform their caregiving journey including deepen their boundary-setting skillset I point you toward the Empowerful Caregiver School. Join me as we affirm that the respect and support we give to our loved ones as caregivers is also ours to claim.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Embracing Morning Routines: Transformative Self-Care for Caregivers
Jan 16 2024
Embracing Morning Routines: Transformative Self-Care for Caregivers
Six years ago, a moment of utter vulnerability amidst the chaos of caregiving led me to a breakthrough in self-care and managing stress. In this episode of the Caregiver Cup podcast, I invite you to journey with me as we explore the power of morning routines, not just as a list of tasks, but as a transformative practice for those of us dedicated to the care of our loved ones. Through my own experiences, I'll guide you in embracing those first critical moments of the day to establish habits that can ripple positive change throughout your life.We'll unpack the concept of "habit stacking," where small wins in the morning can lead to impactful momentum, helping you navigate the daily challenges of caregiving with renewed energy and focus. I'll share the personal rituals that have seen me through seasons of busyness, normalcy, and extreme stress, providing insights into how carving out time for yourself can significantly uplift your well-being. By prioritizing self-care before the day's demands, we set the stage for a healthier, more balanced life as caregivers.Finally, I'll walk you through the practical steps to build your morning routine, from gratitude journaling to 'Embracing the Suck,' and how to avoid common pitfalls like overcommitting or choosing stress-inducing activities. I encourage you to assess your day in "zones" and experiment with these small changes. Let's embark on this empowering change together, one morning at a time, as we aim to foster the strength needed to support both ourselves and those we care for.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
10 Surefire Paths To Caregiver Burnout:  Break The Cycle Now
Jan 9 2024
10 Surefire Paths To Caregiver Burnout: Break The Cycle Now
Facing the silent battle that every caregiver endures, I had to confront the truth about stress and burnout, something my father knew all too well. It's a tale not just of struggle but of transformation, and I'm here to guide you through the turbulent yet hopeful journey of caregiving. My own story of job dissatisfaction and the demanding role of caring for another will provide a backdrop for this crucial conversation about choice, change, and the necessary tools to reclaim your well-being.This week's episode is a candid exploration of the treacherous paths to caregiver burnout. We'll dissect those ten behaviors that stealthily lure caregivers into exhaustion and share personal reflections on the complex dance of setting boundaries. Discover how to recognize burnout's red flags and the pivotal moments where prioritizing your health can radically alter the caregiving experience. Trust me, this isn't just a discussion; it's a lifeline for those feeling the weight of their responsibilities.Lastly, we'll unwrap the gift of self-care, discussing why it's essential and how to practice it amid the taxing duties of a caregiver. Tune in for practical tips on sleep, nutrition, and the power of maintaining connections. Plus, I'm thrilled to extend an invitation to a free training series that's waiting to arm you with strategies to keep stress at bay. This isn't just another episode—it's a stepping stone to a more sustainable way of living and caring.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Renewing Focus on Caregiver Health and Vitality
Jan 2 2024
Renewing Focus on Caregiver Health and Vitality
Discover the art of self-care and launch into a transformative New Year with us. As the confetti settles, we bring you a heartfelt conversation on how to make self-care not just a resolution, but a revolution in your daily life. Celebrating the New Year has taken on a new meaning for us; it's quieter, filled with intention, and a testament to our commitment to nurturing both body and mind. We unfold the importance of assessing the past year's caregiving journey, setting the scene to take on 2024 with renewed focus and self-love. Walk through a visualization exercise with us to tackle those overwhelming morning feelings and create a resilient strategy for stress management that honors the caregiver in you.This time, we're not just talking about self-care—we're embodying it. Think of your energy as a precious battery that, just like your phone, needs to recharge to keep you at your best for those who depend on you. Join me on an empowering journey where simple acts like hydrating more or starting a journal can become catalysts for profound change. We'll explore how tracking these small yet significant steps can build into a lifestyle that celebrates growth and positivity. And don't miss out on our exclusive offer—the Empowering Caregivers training, designed to inspire and equip you with the tools necessary for a year of health, vitality, and transformative self-care.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Caregiver Reflection Practice As We Move Into 2024
Dec 26 2023
Caregiver Reflection Practice As We Move Into 2024
Discover the resilience that lies within you as we journey together through a reflection practice. Get my free downloadable reflection practice guide, where we'll navigate a personal reflection practice of 2023 that goes beyond mere introspection, empowering you to embrace the gratitude and joy each year brings.Ready to celebrate your wins and set the stage for an even more fulfilling year ahead? This episode promises to be your sanctuary for positive reflection as well ask recognizing the challenges and struggles. I share my own moments of pride, such as marking a retirement date, maintaining podcast consistency and juggling all the challenges to demonstrate the transformative power of positivity. It's about taking a moment to journal your triumphs, cherish the memories, and count your blessings. I'll prompt you with thought-provoking questions that will help you recognize personal growth and the profound impact of carving out time for oneself amidst the demands of caregiving.As you set your sights on 2024, let's explore practical strategies for simplifying life and embracing self-improvement. From decluttering to scheduling, we'll discuss ways to reduce stress and enrich your caregiving journey with new hobbies and connections. It's not about grand resolutions but making manageable changes that count. Learn how to stay emotionally tuned and become a problem-solving maestro by committing to regular reflection, and utilize the reflection practice guide from my website to support you every step of the way. Let's turn the page together, and prepare for a year of simple shifts, fulfillment, and well-being.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Caregiving During Crisis: Get My Anti-Stress Techniques
Dec 19 2023
Caregiving During Crisis: Get My Anti-Stress Techniques
Imagine, one moment you're navigating the ordinary challenges of life and the next, you're thrust into the role of a caregiver grappling with crisis after crisis. This was my reality when I had to put my personal life on hold to care for a loved one. Join me as I share this intimate journey, shedding light on the immediate stress and challenges caregivers face when a sudden crisis hits or there's a significant shift in caregiving responsibilities.But it's not all doom and gloom. In the midst of these storms, it's crucial to arm ourselves with effective anti-stress techniques. I'll share mine with you - five calming techniques that have been my lifelines during stressful times. From the power of deep chest breathing to the magic of calming scents, these strategies, I have found, can make a world of difference. We'll also chat about five additional coping mechanisms: taking a deep breath, going for a short walk, listening to a fun song, taking a power nap, and speaking to a confidante. We'll discuss the importance of fueling our bodies with the right kind of nutrition during these times, because no storm is too big to weather when we take care of ourselves first.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Navigating Midlife and Caregiving with Karen Viesta
Dec 12 2023
Navigating Midlife and Caregiving with Karen Viesta
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the emotional and physical upheaval of midlife, especially while juggling the demands of caregiving? Join us as we navigate this challenging terrain with Karen Viesta, a certified health and lifestyle coach and the inspiring voice behind the Wellegant Woman podcast. Karen brings her own enlightening journey of midlife reinvention to the table, offering invaluable insight into the messages our bodies and minds send us during these transformative years. She presents actionable steps for managing the stress of caring for children and aging parents while also prioritizing self-care, from maintaining good sleep hygiene to finding pockets of tranquility amidst chaos.But there's more! We also dive into the power of perspective shift, breaking down overwhelming tasks into manageable steps, and recognizing when our nervous system is on high alert. Karen introduces a compassionate approach that centers on small wins and building self-trust rather than an all-or-nothing mentality. This conversation is sure to offer you not only practical guidance but also the encouragement and inspiration that you need to redefine midlife on your own terms. Join us for this soul-nourishing episode and let Karen's wisdom guide you towards a path of calm, self-care, and trust in yourself.Find Karen at wellegantwoman.comSupport the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration
Unveiling the Hidden Struggles and Strengths of Caregiving
Dec 5 2023
Unveiling the Hidden Struggles and Strengths of Caregiving
As the paths of our lives intersect with those of our loved ones, we all too often find ourselves in the role of a caregiver. Through my personal experiences with my parents and husband, I witnessed the hidden burdens that come with caregiving - the sacrifices, the people-pleasing, the neglect of personal needs. This emotional rollercoaster of a journey, while filled with hardships, also brings forth gifts and positive memories that often go unnoticed.Join our intimate conversation today as we peel back the layers of these caregiving experiences. We'll tackle the challenging conversations, the struggle for balance, and the importance of self-care. And amidst the chaos and the hardship, let's together find the strength to acknowledge and address our needs. From the pain, let's draw wisdom and the will to not just endure but to heal. Whether you're a caregiver yourself or know someone who is, there's something in this episode for everyone. Let's remind ourselves that we're not alone in this, and sometimes, it's okay not to be okay.Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace. Support the showThank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode. Follow me by clicking on the links below: ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration