As someone who nearly died from trying to care for others while completely ignoring my own health, I empathize and relate to Janet’s story. Her dear partner had a battle with cancer, and it really tested her own mental health, and ultimately led her to write When Life Hits the Fan – A Mindful Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others. If you’ve ever cared for anyone who was ill—or just have that caretaker bone in your body like Janet and I do—this episode is a must listen!
We also talk about the magical empathy of animals, self-care and mindfulness tips, giving up the power of controlling everything ourselves, the time Janet got to work with Desmond Tutu, discovering self-compassion, and the mantra Janet voices in her heart with each person she comes across:
“May you be safe. May you be happy.”
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Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!
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