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Taking care of yourself so you can take care of others is a big theme for my friend Joan Celebi, who is a life coach for parents, especially those who have children with special needs. You can see her website at

How can I help my friend take a break from taking care of the world in order to take care of herself?


Don’t hop into making suggestions. First, empathize & make sure she knows you support & respect her. Then get her to make a list of everything in her life, marketing the things that — without illusions — really make her happy or not. Get her to acknowledge that she’s no use to herself or anyone if she breaks down & show how ultimately taking care of herself allows her to think more clearly & act more effectively.


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