Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Finding a Place of Refuge
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Caregiving often becomes life consuming. It has a way of taking over your life, leaving its evidence in every room of your home. The kitchen counter becomes a make-shift medicine cabinet, medical supplies find their way into drawers and reading material clutters the coffee table. Soon, your tidy home becomes a thing of the past. Combine that with the stress of taking care of a loved one, and the thought of “personal space” becomes a thing of the past as well.
Here’s how to create your place of refuge:
Having your own personal retreat ensures you’ll be more likely to head there to do something just for yourself — watch a new movie, talk on the phone with an old high school friend, practice some yoga moves, or play some light music and take a power nap. Ask others in the house to respect your privacy when you’re in your personal space. (It doesn’t always work, but it never hurts to ask!)
It could be a spare bedroom or a desk and comfy chair in a corner. It could be a shady spot under a tree or your patio outside. Where ever you feel most comfortable – that is your “place of refuge”. Decorate your “me zone” with meaningful mementos, a comfy blanket, and your favorite photos. You can add a few candles and play soothing music to make it cozier. The trick is to add little things to help you relax or take your mind away from caregiving so you can focus on yourself.
When you can’t get to a special space and you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can clear a “me zone” in your head.
Close your eyes and take a few calming deep breaths. Some people find it helpful to retreat to the bathroom to get this kind of privacy. Or do a “mind sweep”: Jot down all the things troubling you like conflicts or to-do items; the simple act of making a list releases some of the tension and helps you prioritize.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!