Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – 10 Caregiver Resolutions for the New Year
As we head into 2017, it is a great time for caregivers to take stock of their own personal health and well-being. The demands of caregiving can contribute to everything from high blood pressure to heart disease, diabetes, back injuries and obesity.
How long has it been since you’ve distanced yourself from caregiving long enough to decide what is good for you? How long has it been since you’ve had guilt-free breaks from the needs of others, so that you can actually relax? How long has it been since you asked for help – hired or volunteer – so that you can be your own person for just a bit of time? How can caregivers resolve to get healthier in 2017?
Here are 10 caregiver resolutions for the New Year:
Caregiver Resolution #1 – I must rest. I must take the time each day to remove myself from the situations that stress me and make me tired, and I must do so safely.
Caregiver Resolution #2 – I must ask for help. I must not feel guilty for this. I know my friends and loved ones would want to assist. And for me to rest, I will have to ask for help.
Caregiver Resolution #3 – I must adopt a healthy lifestyle. I will attempt to get physical exercise every day if possible, if even for a few minutes. I will make healthy food choices, and I will not abuse alcohol or drugs. I will schedule and keep regular visits with my healthcare provider.
Caregiver Resolution #4 – I will take care of my spiritual health. I will feed my inner self through meditation, prayer, silence, reading, the arts, or in other ways I consider true. I will seek wise and professional council if needed.
Caregiver Resolution #5 – I will take care of my emotional health. I will not walk this road alone. I will share my story with others. I will seek their advice. I will continue to enjoy hobbies and explore new ones that interest me. I will seek professional help if needed.
Caregiver Resolution #6 – I will educate myself about the disease that is affecting my loved one. I will investigate accepted caregiver resources and attempt to follow recommendations.
Caregiver Resolution #7 – I will find humor in living each day. I will not feel guilty about laughing, even when times are bad. I will try and laugh with my loved one.
Caregiver Resolution #8 – I will continue to see my loved one as a vital person, and validate him/her daily. I will look past the disease that is affecting my loved one and into their heart and soul. I will love them in the moment, in the now, just as they are. I may grieve at times, but I will honor the person they continue to be and my relationship with them.
Caregiver Resolution #9 – I will see myself as a hero and value my gift of caregiving. Heroes are human and have faults and weakness. But heroes draw upon a silent strength and overcome. Often, the most heroic thing to say is, “I will wake up tomorrow and try my best.”
Caregiver Resolution #10 – I will clasp the hand of my loved one and the hands of other caregivers, lifting both mine and theirs in triumph over the disease that seeks to steal. I will give back to them, and to myself, our humanity.
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