You might wonder: how do I have hope as we face all of this heartache? I have hope because everyday I see how kindness and compassion can help us.
Have you ever said to yourself, “I shouldn’t be so mad about this”, “I should be able to handle this and it’s pathetic that I can’t”, “I can’t handle feeling so lost”, “or “I should be able to just get over this and move on”? Learn how to practice being kind to yourself during these painful moments.
As a family member you can have a tremendous impact on your loved one’s decision to change. Fortunately, there are strategies for helping that have been proven in studies to be very effective. The first step, however, is to gain perspective on your own feelings and the problems you are facing.