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Empowering caregivers with knowledge, resources and tools so they can be the best they can be.  This podcast focuses on ways for the caregiver to reduce stress, burnout, can embrace moments of joy in their new normal. Listen weekly to Cathy's personal experiences, coaching, tips, inspiration, and interviews. 

The Caregiver Cup Podcast Cathy VandenHeuvel

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Empowering caregivers with knowledge, resources and tools so they can be the best they can be.  This podcast focuses on ways for the caregiver to reduce stress, burnout, can embrace moments of joy in their new normal. Listen weekly to Cathy's personal experiences, coaching, tips, inspiration, and interviews. 

    Discover Your Secret Sauce to Conquer Negative Thoughts AND Find Your Caregiver Joy

    Discover Your Secret Sauce to Conquer Negative Thoughts AND Find Your Caregiver Joy

    It's time to dive into today's episode, and boy, do we have a juicy topic to explore! Picture this: You, yes YOU, uncovering your very own recipe for caregiver joy and kicking those negative thoughts to the curb. Doesn't that sound like music to your ears?
    Join us as we embark on this journey of self-discovery, where we'll unravel the secrets to conquering those pesky negative vibes that can steal your sunshine as a caregiver. Trust me, it's all about finding your groove and embracing what works best for YOU.
    So grab your favorite mug of coffee, cozy up, and let's dive right in! We're about to unlock the door to your caregiver joy, one secret sauce at a time. Get ready for an adventure like no other!



    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


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    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

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    • 28 min
    Journey of Love: A Decade of Caregiving with Laureen

    Journey of Love: A Decade of Caregiving with Laureen

    When Laureen Wysocki stepped into the role of a caregiver for her husband, Kevin, with young-onset dementia, she embarked on a path that would test her strength and resilience. Our heartfelt conversation with this courageous opera singer and dedicated caregiver shines a light on the complexity and beauty of caring for a loved one. Laureen's narrative, intertwined with her music, unfolds like a poignant aria, revealing the power of self-love, the need for a support network, and how she manages to harmonize the many facets of her life.

    Throughout our time together, Laureen opened up about the crucial balance between providing care and maintaining one's own well-being. It's a delicate dance of setting boundaries, being clear in communication, and finding solace in practices like gratitude and journaling. She emphasized the importance of seeking and accepting help, and how vital support from counseling to community can be. Her insights offer a beacon of hope to those who might find themselves in similar shoes, reminding us that self-care is not just necessary, it's a lifeline.

    Ending on a note of joy and optimism, Laureen's story is a testament to finding light in the darkest of times. She shared touching moments of connection with Kevin and the importance of cherishing small victories, like a special Valentine's Day that reminded her of love's enduring presence. Her journey, though fraught with challenges, teaches us to find and hold onto moments of happiness. Laureen's experiences serve as an inspiring reminder that even amidst life's most trying circumstances, there is beauty to be found and hope to be had.
    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


    Support the show
    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

    Follow me by clicking on the links below:
    ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration

    • 41 min
    Caregiver Cuisine: What's for Dinner Tonight?

    Caregiver Cuisine: What's for Dinner Tonight?

    As a fellow traveler on the caregiving journey, I know the daily grind can sometimes leave us feeling like mealtime is just another mountain to climb. That's why I'm bringing you tried-and-true meal planning strategies to lift the burden off your shoulders.  We'll tackle everything from the art of crafting a weekly meal plan that syncs with the unpredictable rhythm of caregiving, to the wonders of slow cookers and the hidden gems of local meal service businesses. Join me as we explore ways to keep both our spirits and our loved ones well-nourished, with a nod to our listener Maria, who reminds us all of the resilience and dedication found in the heart of every caregiver.

    In this heart-to-heart, you'll not only hear tips and personal tales from my own life as a working mom but you'll also find out how to turn your kitchen into a haven of efficiency. We'll chat about the magic of prepping ingredients ahead of time, the genius of repurposing leftovers into new, mouth-watering dishes, and even how to embrace meal delivery services on those days when the stove might as well be on Mars. It's all about keeping mealtime simple, satisfying, and stress-free. So, whether you're someone who relishes the sizzle of the skillet or you approach cooking with the enthusiasm of a cat in water, this episode is your culinary compass, pointing you towards peaceful evenings and plates full of love.
    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


    Support the show
    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

    Follow me by clicking on the links below:
    ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration

    • 33 min
    Building Your Caregiver Toolkit to Stress Better

    Building Your Caregiver Toolkit to Stress Better

    Years of rushing to catch flights and balancing a career with raising children taught me a crucial lesson: adversity breeds resilience. Today, I'm inviting you on a heartfelt exploration of how a well-stocked caregiver toolkit can turn the daunting into the doable. Reflecting on the anxiety that once gripped me before every work trip, I share the transformative 'three I's' technique that reshaped my approach to life's turbulence—Identify, Implement, and go All IN—and how this can be a lifeline for anyone immersed in the world of caregiving.

    Venture with me into the depths of managing stress and the art of simplification, as we navigate the complexities of caregiving. I'll take you through the process of creating a consistent routine, much like my trusty packing list for travel, and how this anchors us amidst the chaos. This isn't just about overcoming the hurdles of life; it's about embracing them, learning from them, and emerging more empowered with a toolkit tailored to our unique experiences. From anger to worry, to strategizing care, I unveil how we can all find solace in the collective wisdom gathered from our shared journeys.

    I encourage you to craft your very own resilience toolkit so you can Stress Better—one that's as unique as your fingerprints and as robust as your spirit. I share snippets from my personal collection of tools, hoping to inspire you to reflect on the instruments you've already mastered and those you might wish to acquire. Let’s connect on Instagram at @cathylynnvan and exchange stories, tips, and encouragement. Let’s not just survive the caregiving expedition; let's thrive within it, filling our cups first so we can pour into others with generosity and love.
    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


    Support the show
    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

    Follow me by clicking on the links below:
    ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration

    • 37 min
    Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers

    Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers

    Join us for an insightful discussion on "Dealing with Narcissism: Insights and Coping Strategies for Caregivers." In this episode, we delve into the challenging realm of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its impact on caregivers. Host Cathy bravely shares her personal journey of recognizing and navigating her mother's NPD, shedding light on the complexities of caregiving amidst mental health disorders.
    Discover the signs and symptoms of NPD, gaining valuable knowledge to identify and understand narcissistic behaviors in your loved ones. From manipulation and entitlement to fragile self-esteem and extreme demands, we explore the multifaceted traits characteristic of NPD.
    But it's not just about recognition – it's about empowerment. Learn practical coping strategies and boundary-setting techniques essential for safeguarding your well-being while caring for someone with NPD. Cathy offers heartfelt advice based on her own experiences, highlighting the importance of self-care and resilience in the face of adversity.
    Tune in to gain valuable insights and actionable tips for navigating the complexities of caregiving amidst narcissism. Together, let's embark on a journey of understanding, healing, and empowerment.
    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


    Support the show
    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

    Follow me by clicking on the links below:
    ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration

    • 47 min
    Reclaiming Rest: Prioritizing Sleep as Essential Self-Care for Caregivers

    Reclaiming Rest: Prioritizing Sleep as Essential Self-Care for Caregivers

    Have you ever found yourself staring at the ceiling at 2 AM, worrying about a loved one you care for, instead of sleeping? You're not alone; an overwhelming majority of caregivers experience sleep disturbances, a topic we're addressing head-on in today's heart-to-heart on The Caregiver Cup Podcast. With sleep being as fundamental to health as diet and exercise, we certainly can't afford to keep ignoring it—especially when the stakes involve our capacity to care for others and ourselves. 

    As a former hospice caregiver, I've personally felt the brain fog and emotional turmoil that come from sleep deprivation. This episode is a candid exploration of the havoc a lack of sleep wreaks on our mental health, with anxiety and depression often creeping in. But it's not all grim; I'm offering a lifeline in the form of practical solutions, like the four, three, two, one method—a structured approach to easing into a restful night. You'll find out how simple changes to your evening and morning routines can dramatically shift your sleep quality, setting you up for more peaceful nights and energized mornings. 

    Let's face it, creating a sanctuary for sleep isn't just about fancy pillows and blackout curtains; it's about a holistic approach to winding down, embracing natural light, and establishing rituals that signal to our bodies that it's time to rest. We'll dissect the science and the strategies, from curbing the blue light menace to rethinking that morning coffee ritual. So curl up with your favorite blanket and join us on a journey to reclaim your nights, as we implore you to prioritize sleep as an ultimate act of self-care. Because a well-rested caregiver is a beacon of hope and strength for those who depend on us the most.
    Register today for my FREE Webinar "Conquering Resentment:  5 Steps to Peace in Caregiving".   It's common to feel resentment as a caregiver, and we're unpacking these emotions. More importantly, we're discovering strategies to conquer resentment and find peace.


    Support the show
    Thank you for listening. If you know of another caregiver who could benefit from this podcast, please copy and share this episode.

    Follow me by clicking on the links below:
    ➡️ Get my free resource: 17 SHIFTS TO RECUDE CAREGIVER STRESS & SAY GOOD-BYE TO CAREGIVER BURNOUT If you're interested in 1:1 Coaching ➡️ schedule a 30 minute FREE chat CONNECT WITH CATHY ON INSTAGRAM @cathylynnvan for daily tips and inspiration

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Redhead@Work ,

A Comfortable Place

Cathy provides a plethora of useful information, hacks, tips and tools that can apply across the many different caregiving scenarios that exist. But best of all, she provides this learning in a “come have a cup of coffee with me and let’s talk “ environment. With her very human approach, humor and first hand experience, Cathy gifts you with a weekly replenishment of resources to use as you navigate the never-ending tasks of caregiving.

elfquest24 ,

Renewing Focus

What she talks about are not only valid, but such great affirmations that as a caregiver you need time to yourself! I made sure Dad was never alone, but had my time to de-stress with my part-time job. As the patient, I needed a break from my caregiver! And he gave it to me.

CosdUser ,

A ray of sunshine, a life preserver and a lot of heart

I’m just about a year into caregiving for my spouse in hospice and I’ve joined support groups plus looked for podcasts on this issue. Cathy’s is definitely the best podcast on the topic, very well thought out, realistic, compassionate and deep. I feel the emotion in her voice sometimes and know, she has much experience in this area. I have found this podcast so helpful and so appreciate her sharing her insights.

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