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Caregivers New Year's Resolution
by Kristine Dwyer, LSW
In this new year, I will……….
Learn to take one hour out of each day just for myself
to read, enjoy a hot bath, journal my thoughts or call a
Attend at least one caregiver support group to realize
that I am not alone and that I can learn from others.
See my doctor for a physical exam and give my own health
needs more priority.
Use respite care at least once a month so that I may get
a break and be refreshed. I will consider using the time
I have to discover the benefits of massage therapy, the
joy of a musical concert, self expression in a painting
class or a day at the spa to find stress relief.
Eat a balanced diet and exercise at least 20 minutes
three times a week even if all I can do is walk around
the house, up and down the stairs or exercise from a
Seek out one new resource to support my caregiver role
such as chore services, housekeeping, home care programs
or delivered meals.
Try to find a way to laugh or find humor in the day
amidst the sadness or discouragement I may feel.
Reach out to my family and friends to help with my loved
one so that the weight of my responsibility can be
lifted and shared. One way I can do this is to keep a
list of needs handy so that when help is offered, I can
be ready with an answer.
Seek spiritual support or personal counseling to gain
perspective of my life, clarity of my role and keep my
mental health in check.
Finally, by focusing on these resolutions, I will be
able to reap the rewards of caregiving, maintain balance
in my life and provide care longer for my loved one.