5 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Family Caregivers

Making New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult to formulate for a family caregiver, it seems like another stress we place upon ourselves. If we can address our resolutions into a positive statement, “I will” instead of a negative “I will not…” for the next year, it seems to help with the process.

  1. Be sure to take some time for yourself each day. When your care recipient is settled, don’t immediately go to the “To Do” list, first, take time for a special cup of coffee, read a chapter in your favorite book, telephone a friend.
  2. Take care of your physical and emotional needs.  Schedule your doctor appoints, support group meetings, bible study group, counseling session… FIRST, then work your care recipients appointments around this schedule.
  3. Accept help when offered! Many people are willing to help you out with your caregiving tasks. Make a list of what needs to be done. When a person asks if they can help, give them a task off your list. This makes the helper feel connected to you and your care recipient.
  4. Talk to someone each day! One of the things many family caregivers face is isolation and depression.  Find a way to connect with someone each day. You can do it on Facebook or give someone a friendly call, talk to a neighbor!
  5. Watch your eating habits. Caregiving can be both very stressful and extremely time-consuming. Too often, we find ourselves eating quickly, grabbing some junk food, or eating on the run. You should resolve to eat as healthily as possible, making meals when you can, and taking the time to sit down and eat them. Eat foods like carbohydrates (which release serotonin), fruits, and vegetables. Keeping your immune system strong keeps you healthier you’ll feel better and feel able to keep up with your caregiving duties.

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