National Family Caregiver Month Day 17

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Maintaining balance — physical, emotional and spiritual –is essential to well-being. Balance can affect your ability to focus attention and energy on tasks and goals. When you are in balance you feel good and move through life easier. Caregiving can drastically change in short order — a crisis, a needed change in medication, an alteration in the loved one’s abilities. Those changes can leave you feeling out of control and unbalanced. This is normal, or maybe it’s the new normal for you as caregiver.  It’s OK to feel frustrated, angry or to have a good cry. It is better to let the feelings out than to suppress them.

When there’s a sudden change in circumstances, reset your day by rethinking chores and errands. This may be a great time to call on that friend or family member who said, ‘Let me know what you need.” They would probably be unhappy to learn you didn’t accept their offer when you needed to, and instead tried to handle a situation alone.

Finding daily balance is ongoing as a caregiver.  Think about what is most important for you to accomplish without spreading yourself too thin. Keep going back to the drawing board until you find a solution that makes sense.

What matters most? Flexibility. Try a new approach to a situation.

Copyright © 2016 by Sue Collins and Nancy Taylor Robson. All rights reserved

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