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Affirmations for Family Caregivers: Words of Comfort, Energy, & Hope (The Family Caregivers Series) Paperback – October 1, 2015
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As a caregiver for my son I personally found this book positive, uplifting and full of inspiration. Having been exploring Positive Psychology for some time and working personally with affirmations, I see them as a great way to turn a negative into a positive without negating how the experience or issue has made you feel. Harriet Hodgson in her introduction, gives an open and honest account of the tragedies in her life and how the results have had a life-changing knock-on effect on her life as she has stepped in at various stages to become caregiver to a steady stream of family members over the years, including her mother, her husband, and her orphaned twin grandchildren.
However, whatever job you do, even if it's one you love involving people you love, there are guaranteed to be aspects of it that will irritate, exasperate, cause anxiety and stress, or just plain get you down! Harriet gives some great examples of how she has dealt with these occasions by writing her own affirmations - for example, in Chapter One, 'My Caregiving Tasks,' she writes 'Changes in plans don't throw me off balance; they activate my coping skills' or 'Every job has its messy aspects, and that makes me appreciate the non-messy aspects more.' Furthermore, acknowledging the time constraints on caregivers, Harriet Hodgson has created an easily readable book, simply formatted and defined carefully by chapters without too much content. Harriet Hodgson, I applaud you!
Prior to reading this book I had spent a lot of time reading other peoples' affirmations, but I had never thought to have a go at writing my own which reflect on my own personal experiences as a caregiver. I am now inspired to do so! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
aregivers, Harriet divides her book into easily identified chapters, and into easily read sections within the chapters to enable a 'dip in' book to slot into busy lives when appropriate. --Joanna Windsor, NetGallery
About the Author
Harriet Hodgson has cared for three generations of family membersher mother who developed dementia in her 80s and her twin grand-children who were teenagers when they lost both of their parents in accidents in 2007. Then, in 2013 Hodgson’s husband’s aorta dissected and he had three emergency operations. Surgeons managed to save his life, but he suffered a spinal stroke during the last operation, and his legs are paralyzed. Hodgson is now his caregiver and, when she needed a boost, she started writing affirmations. Once she started, Hodgson couldn’t stop writing them and a few dozen grew into the hundreds in this collection. Hodgson is the author of 35 books and thousands of print/Internet articles. Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 radio/blog talk radio shows and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, and bereavement conferences. Her work is cited on Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. Hodgson lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband John. For more information about this busy author, grandmother, and wife, please visit www.harriethodgson.com
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This book is not just a breath of fresh air for someone toiling day in and day out for a loved one, it is genius! It provides a moment of respite and encouragement for those showing love every waking minute.
These affirmations directly acknowledge the difficulties that can beset the caregiver, supports overcoming them and respects the caregiver as well as the receiver of care.
Affirmations for Family Caregivers gets 5 STARS! I love this book!