The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

Release Date - July 9, 2019

The past few years have been far from easy or enjoyable. First, there was my dad's death. Second, I learned how much my mom's Alzheimer's had progressed and how much he was hiding from us regarding her behaviors. Finally, people in my community and across the nation have taken to bashing people who do not think exactly like they do. It's disheartening.

I'd struggled to read The Kindness Method: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding when it came out last year. I found myself eager to try again, but I still struggled some. I get what the author is trying to do to change her life. The introduction was so long that I found myself skipping pages to get to what I'd call the "meat" of the self-help book. When I got there, I'd lost interest unfortunately.

The book's main focus is about creating a custom plan or map. I guess that was where I was lost. I'd love to have a plan and be kinder to myself, but it's hard when you have a parent with Alzheimer's who is constantly telling you she wishes you would go away and never return. (I get it's the disease and not personal, but man it feels personal.) I think that's what it came down to. I am the one making decisions regarding my mom's care. All of her caregivers take a verbal bashing, including myself, and it's hard to be kind to yourself when you're just so exhausted.

I'll have to return to The Kindness Method when things are different. Right now, I struggled so much to even come up with where to start when creating a custom plan that I have a hard time getting through the guide.


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