By Roz Jones
Talking to someone you don’t know can be scary. If you are a full-time caregiver, interacting with new people outside of your loved ones may be an unusual event. There are a lot of unknowns. Whether you’re approaching someone at a networking event, meeting a friend of a friend you’ve never met, or speaking to a stranger on the elevator, here are some tips:
Be brave and just do it, even though it’s uncomfortable. The other person is probably as nervous as you are. They will most likely like you more than you think – and you’ll enjoy it more than you think! Don’t be afraid to talk to someone who is different from you as well. It can be an enlightening experience for you both.
Don’t be afraid to skip to the questions that will make your conversation partner think. You can skip the stock questions like “what do you do?” or “where do you live?” Start with a statement if that feels more comfortable. Be authentic in your reply, question, or statement.
Be curious and ask questions. Ask about their clothing, why they decided to come to the event or any other conversation starter. Questions can kick off the conversation and keep one going.
Give them a compliment. This shifts the focus off of you and makes them feel good. We tend to be in our heads overthinking what we’re doing wrong or what we might do wrong. Focusing the attention on the other person helps you get past that.
I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!
After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!
It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.
Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!