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Niceness vs Kindness

Niceness vs. Kindness (Episode 62) In this episode, Kay Coughlin talks about the important difference between being nice and being kind. As people with caregiver responsibilities, we often think we’re at the limits of what we can handle. That’s when a commitment to...

What is emotional labor?

What is emotional labor? (Episode 61) What is emotional labor? And why does it matter to you and the way you approach your responsibilities as a family caregiver, sandwich family caregiver, or parent? Once you understand what emotional labor is, you can become more...

What overwhelm is trying to tell you

Who hasn’t experienced overwhelm from time to time, especially during the past two years? Overwhelm drains you and it's challenging to handle, whether it’s quick or lasts for a while. The family caregivers I work with certainly suffer from overwhelm often enough. And...

What are limiting beliefs?

What are limiting beliefs? (Episode 60) What is a limiting belief, anyway, and why does it matter to every human being? It’s especially important to understand if you want to make a change in your life, but then you feel terrible every time you think about changing...

10 new thoughts for family caregivers

Ten new thoughts for family caregivers (Episode 59) In this episode, Kay Coughlin shares 10 new thoughts for family caregivers, sandwich family caregivers and parents to think. Why do we all need this? Well, we hear way too may old stories about living small,...

Breaking the cycle of loneliness

Breaking the cycle of loneliness (Episode 58) In this episode, Kay Coughlin talks about how to break the cycle of loneliness and isolation. Why? Because Kay is seeing that loneliness is slowly chipping away at way too many of us. Learn more about all of this work at...

Should you become a caregiver?

Should you become a family caregiver? (Episode 57) Should you become a family caregiver? That’s what Kay Coughlin discusses in this episode. Kay gives the ten questions that she asked herself before she decided to become a caregiver. Whether you are a caregiver...

Real self-care actions

Real self-care actions (Episode 56) In this episode, Kay Coughlin talks about what real self-care looks like and discusses 10 real self-care actions. Whether you like bubble baths or not. Graphic of "between stimulus and response" can be found here. Learn more about...

Toxic positivity and forced positivity

Toxic posivity vs. forced positivity (Episode 55) The term "toxic positivity" has been heard more often in pop culture lately. But what if positivity can't be toxic? What if the problem is forced positivity - and even forced gratitude? Kay Coughlin explores why this...

One year later

One Year Later (Episode 54) If you’ve ever had to live or work with somebody who is constantly stirring up drama, you know how exhausting it can be. How do you manage to stop the drama so it doesn’t control you? That’s what Kay Coughlin talks about in this podcast...