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Elderly Person wants to Die?

Elderly Person wants to Die?

Recently, at a community event, I ran in to an elderly woman that I have always admired for her spunk and love for life.  While we don’t know each other well, we’ve always had a mutual admiration and easy connection.  After a brief hello, she told me she’s ready to die. When I asked why, she said she’s tired of living with her health problems.  I felt uncomfortable and didn’t know how to handle this conversation.  Any advice? Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this question as it’s one many people struggle with.  Having worked as a nurse with dying patients and their families, I am a bit more comfortable with these conversations, but they are always difficult. My advice is to make this type of interaction about your heart and not your mind.  It’s in your mind where you might be thinking things like, “this is uncomfortable” or “what am I supposed to say to that?” or “who says those deep-seated things in this kind of social setting?”  Even though you may be feeling uncomfortable, and your friend’s sentiment was heartbreaking to hear, it is a daily reality for many elderly people, especially those who are dealing with multiple health issues as your friend is. When you hear an elderly person say that they are ready to die, go inward to your heart where you can center your frame of mind around compassion, a sense of simply being present with them, and of accepting of them.  Don’t scold them for feeling this way or discount their feelings.  Don’t try to change the subject just because it makes you uncomfortable.  Encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.  Be present with them.  Be quiet in their presence. Place a loving hand on their shoulder or take their hands

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~ Low Self Esteem?

Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~ Low Self Esteem?

Ever since I was young, I have had this message running through my head that “I’m not good enough”. When I look at all I have accomplished and the person that I am, I realize that this message isn’t true.  What can I do to improve my self-esteem? Thank you for this question because I get so many Life Coaching callers who tell me that they believe the mistakes they’ve made in life, the poor choices they have made, resulted from their low self esteem.  When they recognize this fact, this is always a solid starting point to change the perceptions they espouse in regard to themselves.  One habit that is often revealed in their calls, is that they constantly talk down to themselves.  Often, I hear them say that the things they say to themselves in their head they would NEVER say to anyone else!  One caller named his self talk(er) his inner Bully! Self-talk is key to self-esteem.  Change your negative self talk to positive by first becoming aware of what you say to yourself, about yourself, via your private iTunes Playlist running through your mind.  One way to recognize negative self-talk is to notice feeling down, upset, discouraged, or frustrated.  When that “icky” feeling hits, slow down enough to listen to what you are saying to yourself.  Once you recognize your negative self-talk try these strategies:  scold it, talk back to it, shut it down or tune it out.  On the positive: replace it with positive comments, affirmations and self-praise.  Don’t play that~but I must be humble~game with yourself here!  You deserve to tell yourself how incredible, amazing, superhuman and superdivine you are!  It is Our honor to share this space on earth with you!! Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ What strategy will you implement

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~Confident in Conversation?

Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach~Confident in Conversation?

Some people think I’m a know-it-all. I’d really like people to be impressed with my knowledge and I get a lot of self-confidence from this. How can I come off interesting in conversation and keep my confidence? People are pretty quick to spot the “blow hard” in conversation. The person who does a lot of talking but has little to say and what they do say is of questionable truth. Those people usually get tuned out in conversation. When you say people think you’re a know-it-all, I’m going to assume that you do know what you’re talking about and do have a vast knowledge on many different subjects. Personally, I like having conversations with people like you. On occasion, I join a group at our local coffee shop that hosts one Grand Master “blow hard” conversationalist and one know-it-all who really does know a lot about everything and was even a contestant on Jeopardy!. They both get chided for their conversation styles but neither is dissuaded from sharing in the group. Both are confident in who they are. Confidence comes from within, and when you bolster it you will more easily accept the differences you see in yourself and those you see in others. Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ • What do you assume other people think of you as a conversationalist? • What have others said to you about being a know-it-all? • How will you separate the facts of what people have said about you and the fiction you may be creating in your head? • How can you monitor your self-talk and assumptions when you get the feeling that people are judging you? • What activities bolster your confidence and how can you incorporate more of those in to your life? Please SHARE this on

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Friend Stealing?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach:  Friend Stealing?

Last time I went to the movies with a group of friends one of them stole candy from the counter. I’m not close friends with the guy who stole but I still want to hang out with the rest of the group. I don’t want to be guilty by association. What should I do? You, and your parents, should feel proud that you are concerned about a member of your peer group stealing.  This puts you in the category, in my opinion, of “good” guy or girl.  Young as you are, you are recognizing a need to discern (decide) whether you want to be a part of this group.  Sadly, while the people who care about you would love to shield you from these types of people, you will encounter them all through your life.  As they get older, they just go from stealing candy to stealing at work or even from friends.  You get the picture. So long as the other members of the group you hang out with don’t agree to the stealing, you’re OK to consider the kids who value honesty friends.  When you’re hanging out with this group, make sure you keep your distance from this particular person and don’t spend time alone as friends.  If you’re more of a quiet, shy person and see something that shouldn’t be going on, such as stealing or bullying or lying, walk away.  If you’re more assertive and feel strong enough to do so, speak up and tell your friend to stop!  Most of all, you need to tell your parents or teachers about it so that the adults in your life can help you and guide you.  Also, and this is very important, if others in the group start to go along with the bad behavior, you have

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Finish writing book?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: Finish writing book?

For 5 years now I’ve been meaning to finish my children’s book.  This is a goal I’ve had for myself since graduating as an English Major.  I’ve always identified with myself as a writer but now I’m just feeling like a wannabe.  Can life coaching help me finish my book? Yes!  Absolutely!  Life Coaching is geared toward helping people accomplish their goals.  A key factor in finishing your book is going to be tapping in to your MQ (Motivation Quotient~I admit I just made that up!).  When we don’t have external forces setting deadlines for us, such as a publisher (should we be so fortunate to have a real book deal in place!), we have to create our own deadlines.  Maybe you can plan to finish your first rough draft before your birthday, or maybe before your cat’s birthday (don’t all writers have cats?).  Who cares?  Just make up a date, write out your plan and find a way to stick to it! Before I shut up here, as a fellow writer, I’m going to share something super secret with you…it doesn’t take “years” to write a book or screenplay, and it doesn’t take “months” to write something less involved.  The writers who claim it does are simply enjoying their time spent in what I call~ “Mental Masturbation”.  Hired gun Hollywood screenwriters are given 6 weeks to complete a feature film screenplay.  Diablo Cody, stripper turned academy award winning screenwriter of Juno (2007), finished the piece in 4 months.  (Damn, if only I’d have known to try stripping before writing! lol)  I’ve written 3 screenplays and guarantee it didn’t take me 10 years to complete each one!  When you set your mind to it, you can, and will, finish writing your book.  Send me a copy! Embrace your Personal Power

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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: No interest in sex?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: No interest in sex?

I have no interest in sex because my husband and I don’t connect emotionally.  What do I do? Joan Jerkovich is a Board Certified Life Coach who takes your questions on Relationships, Health, Careers, Sexuality and Self Care.  No question is off limits!  She gives her opinion, then partners with you by submitting Life Coaching questions that will help you move toward health and happiness in your life.  Email your questions to tjjs.radio@gmail.com or arrange a time to talk with Joan in person on her radio talk show at www.joanjerkovich.com Follow Joan’s Life Coaching questions Daily at www.joanjerkovich.com

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“Coming Out”

"Coming Out"

Listen to Joan’s Life Coaching Video on when is the right time to come out and contact Joan to arrange for your own free Life Coaching call! Link: http://vyou.com/user_107473/2462183/Anderson-Cooper-just-came-out-publicly-that-he-is-gay-How-do-you-know-when-its-the-right-time-to-come-out

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