Monday Mojo for Caregivers – A Quick Survival Guide for Family Caregivers
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. A wise woman once said, “You can only care for another person as well as you care for yourself.” When you board a plane they tell you, when the oxygen masks drop, you put yours on first, then help your loved one. The same thing is true for a caregiver. To be an effective caregiver, you must first take great care of yourself.
- Get serious about self-care
Don’t skip your regular checkups! Make sure you get your annual exam and tell your doctor you’re caring for a sick loved one.
- Find an enjoyable physical hobby
Find a form of exercise you enjoy— whether it’s swimming, walking, biking, dancing or watching a movie while walking or jogging on a treadmill. Exercise increases the production of powerful feel-good endorphins, which can counteract the stress hormones that your body is probably producing more of.
- Don’t forget to reward you
Make a list of the little things you enjoy—whether it’s getting a manicure, having a latte and reading the paper at the local coffee shop or even shopping— and commit to doing one every day. You need to take a break from the anxiety and reward yourself for the superb care you give your loved one. Above all, don’t feel guilty about wanting to feel good.
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!