Dear reader I am excited to share with you the debut of my new book, Changing Habits: the Caregivers’ Total Workout
. I wrote it with great passion from deep inside my heart as a response to my own struggles as a caregiver as well as by listening intently to the stressors of others who are sandwiched between children, aging parents and work. Striving to be the “sunshine girl”, maintaining good cheer in the face of adversity, is draining and comes at the expense of physical and emotional health. In Changing Habits
you will find my best concrete strategies and most uplifting and unusual stories to help you simplify and reconnect to your essential happiness. I present you with the breathing room to live fully and optimistically.
Not only is stress-management my mission, but I was a caregiver to two parents with Alzheimer’s disease while I was raising my three children and working as a full-time teacher. I know first hand about being extremely busy to avoid being alone with me and having time to think and feel. I also know about the inexplicable guilt of not doing enough for my family! I learned a powerful lesson from Alzheimer’s the ultimate disease that forces you to let go: To let go of anger and disappointment to live fully in the moment – nothing less and nothing more. Even though I have a dishwasher, sometimes I wash dishes to come back to myself, cleaning one plate at a time, to clean out my mental clutter, my rational lies. I use this simple physical action to release my suppressed emotions.
So if you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and wake up on a beautiful morning with sunlight streaming into the room yet feel a vague sense of sadness, then it’s time to take care of your self! Shed your old, worn out skin to reveal a fresh vitality underneath. Changing your habits to make your own needs a priority and to feel passionate about life is within your grasp. Just make a series of micro-changes to benefit your health and well being. Evaluate how that feels. See the whole context of your life to rediscover your true identity and to fulfill your private dreams.
That’s the guiding light behind Changing Habits
. This is the first comprehensive health and fitness program focused on the needs of caregivers from ages 18 relating how to energize, get fit, eat right, shed stress and enjoy life. A series of small, defined changes can lead to sustainable happiness. Each chapter demonstrates how to restore balance physically, emotionally and spiritually. At the heart of the matter A
will give you practical and scientific tools to turn back the clock and enhance your vitality – aging in a youth oriented society is a big stressor. Make small changes, get giant gains in self-care. The secret to success is getting started and then sustaining motivation. What are you waiting for? If you not a caregiver in need of personal empowerment you surely know someone who is. The holidaze
are coming. Give yourself or a friend the gift of healing and optimism.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout
and Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul,
a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB AM1240 in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com