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Guiding caregivers of spouses with colon cancer, on how to invest in their own well-being first, so they can be in a better position to be the best caregivers. If you have any feedback or questions; Please email us at esther@rethinkingcaregiving.com

ReThinking Caregiving Esther Mbabazi

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Guiding caregivers of spouses with colon cancer, on how to invest in their own well-being first, so they can be in a better position to be the best caregivers. If you have any feedback or questions; Please email us at esther@rethinkingcaregiving.com

    Are Drowning In Fear?

    Are Drowning In Fear?

    Part of our brain’s job is to protect us from harm. It is always watching out for danger.  When something is deemed dangerous - 

    Cancer is associated with pain, nausea, cancer treatments can take a toll on the body etc … and sometimes death.   A fight or flight response is triggered.  You feel fear, become angry, in an attempt to drive the thing away.
    Fear is a strong emotion that is most often triggered in the present moment in a response to a known, definite and immediate threat.  When you experience intense fear and anxiety, and you feel frozen, know that it is your primitive brain trying to protect you.

    In today's episode, I talk about a few techniques you can use to stand back and let fear pass through you, instead of reacting instinctively.

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    • 21 min
    Who Better To Help Your Loved One Than You?

    Who Better To Help Your Loved One Than You?

    When our lives are turned upside down, we want to identify as victims or the person responsible for whatever happened. We move towards guilt and shame. 
    And we can still identify ourselves in those roles, we just have to do it with awareness.
    But this is the hand of cards we just got dealt,
    Does blaming yourself make the diagnosis go away?
    We have ideas of how should be…


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    • 17 min
    Feeling Conflicted ?

    Feeling Conflicted ?

    Your loved one abandoned medical treatments for alternative healing options. 
    You are frantic, you think that he is being reckless, you pressure them to recommit to medical treatments. 
    How would you be showing up if you let go of the idea that your spouse should commit to the treatments that you think are right for him?
    In this episode, I talk about how to navigate a situation like the above.

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    • 15 min
    Feeling Overwhelmed? This Is How You Can Clear Your Mind

    Feeling Overwhelmed? This Is How You Can Clear Your Mind

    Many caregivers experience overwhelm as a result of the responsibility of caregiving.  In this week's episode, I talk about a simple way to manage overwhelm, by learning to discern between fact, opinion and stories that we add to circumstances.

    Tune in and listen.

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    • 28 min
    For You Who Is About To Start Cancer Treatments.

    For You Who Is About To Start Cancer Treatments.

     When you are lying in bed, your body is healing, destroying cancer cells. Even though it doesn’t look like you are working. What is more important than fighting cancer in your body? Your body is the no.1 priority. 
    Accepting - This going to be emotionally terrible.  
    It is not true that we should be happy all the time. Half of the time it will be terrible. I am going to get through this, even though, in spite of, even if….. We want to be happy, but when things don’t go like that, we feel disappointed. 
    What if you didn't require this of yourself? 
    Be able to embrace not feeling good. It is okay. Of course, you are feeling this way… this is the way. Use your energy to heal your body.
    Being mad that reality is the way it is………….doesn’t help
     Resources:
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    • 24 min
    How Your Emotions Fuel Your Actions!

    How Your Emotions Fuel Your Actions!

     The doctor said that given the stage of the cancer, chances are slim that the treatment will help her. 
     When you feel devastated because you have a thought that you don’t want your loved one to be miserable for the time they have left, what are you not doing?
    You are not being present with your loved one, - which is actually what you want. Looking for information, overthinking, wondering how to make it easier for him, trying to come up with ways to make him happy, all these things take you further away from your loved one. 
    You are not supporting yourself through grace and kindness. 
    Resources:

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    • 22 min

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

sayone3046 ,

Unique

This podcast is really hooking- it grabs diverse or unique topics to talk about and makes the show really interesting. Unlike other shows, it doesn’t have that feeling of boredom while the host(EM) talk about something. Amazing podcast, 5/5!!

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Good work

Thank you for your hard work I always seek personal growth. I appreciate life, and learning while I am able. Esther Mbabazi is here to offer positive personal growth.

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