Photograph by Gerd Altmann
Stillpoint: A Self-Care Playbook for Caregivers to Find Ease, and Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joyby Sheila K. Collins Ph.D. (Author), Christine Gautreaux MSW (Author) is an amazing and thoughtful book written by two professionals in the area of caregiving.
The authors successfully illustrate and bring to the scene the need that people who take care other people are also human beings with feelings, emotions, needs, worries, anxieties, personal life’s and in a nutshell they need taking care too.
The book presents a series of personal stories of the authors and also from people they worked with or were patients of them. Through the stories, the writers managed to show us the need and even a plethora of ways so we can accomplish having a life that is at ease and happy.
By illustrating how other people deal with their problems the authors managed to connect with their audience. I mean even if you are not a professional caregiver we all take care someone to our family or know someone that struggles with taking care loved ones and trying at the same time to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
The stories cover the theoretical aspect of a person psyche, and the book is full of practical exercises that you can do on your own time and place, and they aim to help us reduce our stress and find the right path for ourselves and for our family.
Even this book primarily aims for people who take care of someone either professionally or not the principles and the practical knowledge that it contains can be applied to each and every one of us.
We as individuals can learn a lot from this book, learning how to first taking care of ourselves is the first step to balancing our lives, and once we achieve that, then we can become better and more successful caregivers to other people as well.
I really enjoyed the concept of illustrating the physical aspect and emotional aspect with cartoons. I really enjoyed reading about “Feelie” and “Touchy.”