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 friend.
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
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 chair.
Seek out one new
resource to support my caregiver role such as chore
services, housekeeping, home care programs or delivered
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
support or personal counseling to gain perspective of my
life, clarity of my role and keep my mental health in
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.
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