You, Me, Empathy - Episode 43: Caring For Yourself While Caring for Others with Janet Fouts

On Episode 43 of You, Me, Empathy, Janet Fouts stops by to explore what it means to be a caretaker, the burden we put on ourselves as feely humans, and caring for yourself while caring for others.

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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.”

For links we mentioned during this episode, scroll down.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!