Just like with every year, January brings with it the promise of a new way to go about doing things and a new way to look about life as you know it. We can use this time to do a self evaluation and thus become a better person and caregiver.
Caregivers, here’s what you can do:
1) Take some time for yourself! Constantly working on someone else’s schedule can be horribly exhausting, and can also take focus away from what is most important to you, the caregiver, which is taking care of yourself.
Many studies have shown that in any service profession, the individual receiving care gets much better care when the caregiver is happy and well-rested. It is important that you take a little time to relax and watch a movie, go out on a date, or take a relaxing bath.
The more you stay happy, the happier your loved one will be. Living a healthy lifestyle can also help in keeping you happier and more productive.
2) Try and attend a caregiver support group meeting. Being a caregiver can be hard work, and it may seem like not many people understand what you are going through. Try going to at least one caregiver support group meeting, and you will find out that there are plenty of people who feel like you do.
Listening to other people share their stories may inspire you to share yours. You’ll find that there are a lot of attendees who care about other caregivers and understand how hard this journey can be.
One very important resolution for both caregivers and seniors alike – is to understand that asking for help is okay!
If you are getting older and can’t quite do everything you used to be able to do, it’s critical that you get what you need so you can continue to live your life as independently as possible. It is also understandable for caregivers to feel like they are the only ones that know how to treat and care for their loved one. If you are exhausting yourself, it may not be worth trying to take on this huge responsibility on your own. So whether you are a senior or a caregiver, asking for help can be very important in leading a happy and productive life.
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We hope these resolutions help and provide you with a start to a happy and healthy New Year! To join one of our many caregiver support groups call us at (877) 760-9199. Whenever you are ready to reach out, we will be here to help! Thank you and have a great week.