Happy International Self-Care Day! That’s right, July 24th has been declared as a day just for us! Created by the International Self-Care Foundation in 2011, International Self-Care Day brings worldwide attention to the benefits of self-care and its impact on our overall health. The foundation advocates self-care as a lifelong goal and a vital part of well-being.
Check out this blog from Julia about her journey of caring for her husband with cancer. She sums it up perfectly as a caregiver when she says, “… discipline and regularity are required for us to give our bodies the food, rest, and exercise they need, while guarding against toxins, exhaustion, and excessive or unwanted weight gain or other stressors.”
When I first started talking to caregivers, one of the most common self-care themes I heard was that it’s so hard to get enough exercise. Caring for a loved one is such a huge commitment of time, energy and focus that even finding a few minutes to take a walk was hard, as many caregivers told me.
I can’t tell you how many times this would happen during my four years as the primary caregiver for my brother: We would spend hours on the phone a few times each week. When we were done, he would say, “I feel so much better having talked this through.” And me? I’d head straight for the kitchen to ease my emotions with food.
A lot of things keep caregivers awake at night. You know what they are. Stress, worries about the future, trying to get too much done in too little time, just to name a few.
It’s natural for caregivers to feel that they should be “on call” all of the time. We want to be there whenever our loved ones need us.
How do you live in PEACE? For me, it takes real intention to live in peace. Focus, time management, prioritization, deep breathing and plenty of patience.
Last week, I mentioned that being outside is a sanctuary for me. Working in my garden, taking a walk in the park with my dog, or just getting a breath of fresh air always rejuvenates me.
With nicer weather finally here and the kids getting out of school, many of us have vacations on our minds. But there’s another way to relax and recharge.
As caregivers, we know how easy it is to get caught up in all of the daily tasks and responsibilities we have. Not only are we working to meet the needs of our loved ones, we’re also trying to meet a wide range of other demands – from family obligations, to career responsibilities, to our own personal care.
I’m going to be assertive with you in this week’s email by asking a question that might be a tough one to answer honestly: Are you assertive enough?
What’s going on inside your head right now? Are your own thoughts treating you kindly, or are they sending you down the road to negativity once again?
There’s something special about seeing things in writing (whether on paper, or these days, on some sort of screen). That’s why journaling can be so powerful.
I’ve always tried to be a lifelong learner, with a sincere desire to take advantage of every opportunity to learn a new skill, understand new ways of doing things and add to my toolbox.
Of all the goals in life, happiness might be the most universal. Who doesn’t want to be happy? But it also can be an elusive goal, and it can be hard to define exactly what it means to be happy.
For caregivers, having compassion for others is the easy part. What’s hard is showing that same compassion for ourselves. Instead, we’re often our own worst critic.
Having an attitude of gratitude can be HARD some days (I get it – I've been there). But it’s well worth the effort.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
Guilt and shame are very different things. We are guilty of something if we’ve broken a law or a rule, or if something we’ve done has offended or hurt someone. Nobody’s perfect, and we’ve all been guilty of something at some time in our lives, whether it was intentional or not.
Support for caregivers and the loved ones with mental illness that they care for will be the theme of two fairs we have planned! …