Back to School Time Can Energize Caregivers

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As we approach the fall, I often think about the commercial that features the happy dad shopping for school supplies while the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays. I fondly remember the days of shopping with my parents in advance of the school year.

About a year and a half into my caregiving journey, I went back to school to pursue life coach training and certification. This was one of the best decisions that I could have made.

At the time, it was about 10 months after my father passed away and I was still adjusting to my role as the full-time live in caregiver for my mother. My mother encouraged me to follow my desire and was open to accepting help from others so I could fully participate in the coach training program.

Deciding to return to school was the best decision that I could have made. After completing the coach training program, I launched my coaching and consulting practice. I was able to work mainly from home so I could provide dedicated caregiving support to my mother throughout the remainder of her life.

After my mother passed away a few years later, I was filled with grief but not lost without a life purpose. Recently, I watched an amazing webinar, “Love, Loss, and Life’s Detours Can Move You Toward a New Dream.” Grief and loss coach Kim Adams was the host of this inspiring webinar.

It is vital for caregivers to live full lives for themselves while caring for their loved ones. Going back to school for learning, skill development, or pursuit of a hobby, can work wonders for boosting the energy of caregivers.
If you are currently serving as a caregiver, take some time to think about what opportunities may be available at local businesses, community colleges, or health and wellness centers that may interest you. There are also tons of training opportunities on-line with amazing offerings to pursue your passion right from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

“Back to School” can truly be the most wonderful time of year for caregivers as well. When you set aside time to pursue personal interests, you can develop your passion and purpose for your life beyond caregiving. It all starts by taking a little time to explore what is possible. Happy shopping for those school supplies!

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About Michael Bloom

Since 2011, Certified Professional Coach and Caregiving Without Regret™ Expert A. Michael Bloom has helped to revitalize the careers of hundreds of family and professional caregivers with practical, tactical soul-saving coping strategies and support them in saving lives. With a wealth of practical expertise as both a family and professional caregiver, Michael serves as a welcome and sought-after catalyst to guide caregivers and health and human services leaders to stay energized and committed to work that has never been more important or vital than it is today. Great information and resources are available at www.caregivingwithoutregret.com

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