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Starbucks Coffee Dates
A couple of mornings a week Grace and I have been trying to escape for a Starbucks Coffee Date! For just an hour or so, a couple of mornings a week, we have a personal support worker (PSW) in to help out at my folks’ place. While they are at the house, we go out for a little personal time and a cup of Starbucks! There are a few near to their place. But we have found one in particular that has become our little haunt. Sumatra Decaf pour over has become our drink of choice. It is Starbucks’ only Swiss-water Decaf option!
Reconnecting and Unplugging
It isn’t much, but our little coffee dates afford us the time to reconnect in conversation and unplug from some of the busyness and added responsibilities that we have taken on in caregiving for my folks. We have consciously had to make a point of not problem-solving and regurgitating recent events and appointments. For a while, it really took an effort, as we had been so intensely involved in working to get my dad back home from the hospital.
One day during one of our coffee dates we grabbed a notebook and started a list of places that we’d like to still visit. The list was pretty long! Grace has put together a post, sharing the 101 places that we’d like to travel to. We jokingly gave ourselves the next 1001 weeks to complete our list – which is just over 19 years! We sort of figured that will take us well into our retirement and probably near to the end of our travelling days – provided of course that we remain in good health and can actually affort to visit 101 places before then! But that’s what pipe-dreams are for! And it does the soul good to dream and be creative! And it does us even better to reconnect and share common goals and dreams.
A Little Coffee Strategy to Prevent Caregiver Burnout
Coffee dates at Starbucks are one of our little strategies for avoiding caregiver burnout. When we are unable to get a few hours to ourselves, a few mornings a week, we find that we really start to miss it. It seems like such a simple thing, but a good conversation and a good cup of coffee can go a long way to helping keep us on the same page. We also find that it seems to refresh us. And revive us in a way that is good for preventing the burnout that all too often is associated with caregiving.
It forces us to slow down. We set aside our long to-do list, long enough to sip a cup or two of the roasted bean! Almost like hitting a reset button on our day! And besides, who doesn’t just need another excuse for a coffee! Especially a Starbucks!