New Self-Help Book Gives Caregivers Ways to Care for Themselves

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Psychology professor's debut book, published by Human Sun Media, provides practical guidance and shares insights from personal experience in order to help those who care for others.

I created techniques and strategies to care for the mind, body, emotions and spirit to help caregivers avoid burnout and 'compassion fatigue' and to be as effective as they can be as caregivers.

Psychology professor and life coach Susanne West has spent much of her career training both professional and family caregivers. In her newly published book, "Soul Care for Caregivers: How to Help Yourself While Helping Others" published by Human Sun Media (paperback for $16.95), West shares the knowledge she imparts to her students as well as the personal insights she has gained through her own caregiving.

"My great interest in caregiving has also been shaped by my experience as a caregiver for my daughter, who has Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohns' disease, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011."

West believes that caregivers often neglect their own well-being for the sake of helping others, and notes that the American Medical Association identifies caregivers as "hidden patients." Through her book she provides a toolkit and guidance to help caregivers manage the challenges and stressors of caregiving.

"Most of the available books on caregiving address either family or professional caregivers, and this book is for both," explains West. "I created techniques and strategies to care for the mind, body, emotions and spirit to help caregivers avoid burnout and 'compassion fatigue' and to be as effective as they can be as caregivers."

"Soul Care for Caregivers" has already earned praise for its valuable content and writing style.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of "Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom," shares the following. “In the warm and wise voice of someone who has been there herself, Susanne West offers many effective ways to take care of yourself from the inside out. Her book - full of her own qualities of deep kindness and practical wisdom – is a gift from the heart; both to caregivers and to those they help and love.”

"In this much-need resource for caregivers, Susanne West gives us the deep wisdom gleaned from her years of personal and professional caregiving experience, along with many carefully chosen exercises and practical suggestions for keeping our own physical, emotional and spiritual selves intact while helping others,” says Abby Seixas, author of "Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday."

Saniel Bonder, author of "Healing the Spirit/Matter Split" and "Ultimaya 1.0," notes the following. “Susanne's clear, powerful prose is thoroughly informed both by her lifelong practice of caregiving and her comprehensive study of the field. I don't think there's a caregiver anywhere who won't benefit tremendously from reading this book.”

For more information visit http://www.susannewest.com.

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