Monday Mojo for Caregivers – 3 Things to Get You Through the Week
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Caregiving is demanding – and it’s normal to need a break. Most caregivers like the idea of “me” time but are convinced they can’t find it. Taking your “me time” will help you to relax and revitalize. Schedule a day or two that you can set aside just for yourself and stick to the plan. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as you, the caregiver.
- Asking Family & Friends for Help
It’s not always easy to ask for help, even when you desperately need it. Perhaps you’re afraid to impose on others or worried that your request will be resented or rejected. But if you simply make your needs known, you may be pleasantly surprised by the willingness of others to pitch in. Many times, friends and family members want to help, but don’t know how.
- Join a Caregiver Support Group
As a caregiver, support groups can offer you the opportunity to improve your coping skills, to learn specific skills that are helpful in managing your care giving responsibilities, and to hear experiences from others that might provide you with solace when you are feeling stressed with the care giving experience. One of the main benefits of a support group is that it helps caregivers to see that they are not alone in their experience, as others are having some very similar experiences. This can make it easier to continue to do what it takes to care for their loved one.
- Take Up a Hobby
Exploring a hobby is a beneficial way to help combat the stresses of care giving. Hobbies like gardening, crafts, and learning to play an instrument can give you valuable personal time to yourself. Letting your loved one get involved could also be a fun activity for them as well. Scrapbooking, for instance, is a wonderful way to preserve and discuss memories together, as well as promote some motor skills. Hobbies will also help you get through your busy week by giving you something special to look forward to.