How to help others without sacrificing your happiness Cyndera Quackenbusch

Most families have at least one. Maybe you are. The stable, healthy, and organized person who happens to be in the prime of life.

You are the person helping a family member with a mental illness or disability, or simply an aging parent. As a consistent, it is part of your privilege to help those who are less fortunate.

When you’re in this situation, you may feel overwhelmed and ask yourself, “Yes, but how much am I giving? Is there a line that is just too much?”

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Give yourself permission to take care of yourself while helping others in the ways you are able.

create boundaries can be guilt-ridden and complicated.

Remember that the lifeboat metaphor is appropriate for this situation.

Certain individuals undoubtedly have sane ships capable of handing out whole lifeboats to their loved ones in need. The other 99% of us have a livelihood that may be held by just a thread or two. We just can’t take it all on or we risk sinking our own lifeboat. Then who can we help?

It’s so important to remember to also pay attention to your own needs as a vital caregiver in someone else’s life.

Here are 9 lifesavers to help your family deal with mental illness:

1. Start by figuring out what’s important in your life.

Those are the things that are non-negotiable, that you will not sacrifice for anyone or anything. Is it your relationship with your spouse? Provide stability and security to the children in your life? The career you worked hard for? Money in your savings account?

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