Connie is taking care of her children and also her elderly mother, who is dealing with the aftereffects of kidney cancer. She is part of the "sandwich generation," someone who cares for both their kids and their own parents.
She says she is suffering from a slew of issues related to being overextended including worrying she is not providing enough for her kids and mother, exhaustion, problems at work and self-esteem issues.
Looking back to a time when she was not caring for both her kids and mother, she tells The Doctors, "Nothing is like what it was... this is not where I thought I would be."
Caregiver advocate and TV host Leeza Gibbons says that Connie is like 1 in 8 people who are providing the emotional and financial for their kids and parents. Leeza, who cared for both of her parents, shares some tips on how to avoid burnout.
Breathe: Leeza says that many caregivers take shallow breaths and she says simple deep breathing provides oxygen to the brain for clarity, slows down your heart rate and helps with your digestion.
Take Time for Yourself :Leeza suggests things like stretching and yoga, verbal affirmations, and mindfulness can help you handle some of the stress associated with caregiving.
Connie says her goal is for her mother to live independently and Leeza recommends getting a personal emergency response system to provide 24/7 help. In order to make Connie's life a little easier and more enjoyable, The Doctors arrange for cleaning services from Handy and a weekend spa getaway at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.