Coping with Caregiver Anger and Guilt
Taming Your Anger Monster:
Caregiver anger is an emotion frequently experienced by both family and professional caregivers. In this presentation Elaine K Sanchez addresses some of the reasons caregivers get angry, including the 3-F’s of Flipping Out, which are Fatigue, Fear, and Frustration. She provides a three-step process that helps caregivers develop an “Attitude of Creative Indifference” toward the people, situations, and events that make them angry, and she provides practical action steps for avoiding caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue.
Giving Caregiver Guilt the Boot:
The dictionary defines guilt as a feeling of having done something wrong or having failed in an obligation. Elaine believes it is a cruel and controlling emotion that is way overused by most family and professional caregivers. In this presentation, she helps attendees recognize the behavior of guilt-trippers, and she provides a unique strategy that helps them stop feeling guilty when they have not intentionally inflicted emotional or physical pain on another person. People often say that following Elaine’s method of coping with guilt is life-altering.