Dementia Care and Uncomfortable Emotions

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When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia…

It can leave you feeling like your world has turned upside down.

And, it’s a life experience that comes with lots of intense emotions.

Sadness…feelings of disappointment, grief, or hopelessness

Fear…a primal emotion that triggers a fight or flight response

Anger…feelings of hostility and frustration

Surprise…a negative feeling following something unexpected

These emotions knock on your door...

And there you are...

Facing an "uninvited guest" you may not want to entertain.

We get it.

You have good reason to turn it away.

After all...

"Negative" emotions can feel uncomfortable.

You might feel like you don't have time for it.

You might even judge yourself for feeling that way.

Think about the last time sadness, fear, anger, or surprise "knocked on your door".

Did you turn it away?

If you did...

You're putting yourself at a much higher risk for serious health problems.

Blocking your emotions can be linked to all kinds of conditions including heart disease, stomach issues, headaches, insomnia, and depression.

You're also not able to show up for your loved one in a way that helps them.

So, the next time grief shows up...

Instead of turning it away, invite it in and sit with it for a while.

  • Give yourself the space to cry
  • Share with a trusted friend how you're feeling
  • Or, write down what you're thinking.

When frustration shows up...

  • Go outside and take a brisk walk
  • Scream into a pillow
  • Or ask a friend or family member to step in and give you a break

If you want to take care of yourself...

And make better choices for you and your loved one...

Click here to download and print your personal guide to processing uncomfortable emotions.

So, when they knock on your door again, you'll be ready.

It's time! Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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