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The Ultimate Issue for Caregivers: How Do You Care for Yourself?
As National Family Caregiver Month comes to a close, we offer the last in a series of 45 Forward conversations on a critical topic for every family caregiver: How do you care for YOURSELF? Because if you don’t, you will be of no use to the loved ones whose care is in your hands. In today’s episode, we talk with Dawn Shedrick, a passionate caregiver advocate who offers support, lived experience, and practical tools to help family caregivers reduce stress and enhance their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. The Founder of JenTex Training and Consulting—and her mother’s primary caregiver for 27 years—Dawn knows that many caregivers feel isolated, overwhelmed and burned out. She’ll describe an array of effective mindfulness approaches and practices, including “Bodyscanning” and the use of her “Courageous Contemplation” Journal, to help caregivers transform stress to serenity. Having delivered mental and emotional wellness talks and workshops for many organizations, such as GE, Canon, the New York Mets and JP Morgan Chase, Dawn is on a mission to reshape the narrative of what it means to be a caregiver.
Dawn E. Shedrick, LCSW is a caregiver advocate who offers support, lived experience, and practical tools to help family caregivers reduce stress and enhance their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Dawn has been her mother’s primary caregiver for 27 years and balances this responsibility with her work as a consultant, trainer, therapist and educator in health and human services. The founder of JenTex Training & Consulting, she is on a mission to reshape the narrative of what it means to be a caregiver, and she is the author of “Courageous Contemplation: A Guided Journal for Family CareGivers of Chronically Ill, Disabled, and Elderly Loved Ones.” An engaging speaker and trainer for more than 25 years, Dawn has delivered mental and emotional wellness talks and workshops at GE, Canon, NY Mets, Travelers Insurance, Office Depot, GlaxoSmithKline, JP Morgan Chase and more. In her LinkedIn newsletter, Contemplating CareGiving, she shares insights on how to shift your understanding of the identities and needs of the spectrum of family caregivers.