Caregiving for the Caregiver

This past year I found myself in the constant roll of caregiver, sometimes often feeling like I had nothing left to give.  Tired and worn I reached for the little things that brought me comfort.  Sometimes the smallest things can bring you the biggest smile and I have compiled a list of what brought light to a dark, difficult year for me.

  • A hot bath complete with candles and plenty of bubbles.
  • Painting my toe nails with a fun, bright color.
  • Stopping by my favorite coffee shop for my special drink, paying for the person behind me.
  • Playing with my animals.  There is nothing more fun then tearing through the house with your doggie’s squeaky toy and having him chase you at top speed.
  • Getting a haircut.
  • Putting on a cheap, cucumber peel-off mask.
  • Trying new recipes.
  • Finding a new hobby – I became a HAM Radio operator!
  • Creating a new upbeat music playlist.
  • Phoning a friend, better yet, Skyping with them!
  • Smiling at a stranger.
  • Letting someone else cut in while commuting in heavy traffic.
  • Trying a new lipstick color.
  • Placing an affirmation where I could see it every day.
  • Reading a good book.
  • Putting on soothing hand lotion.
  • Dabbing on my favorite perfume.
  • Making a childhood favorite meal.
  • Singing while driving.
  • Stepping outside to look at the stars.
  • Going for a drive.
  • Doing something nice for someone without expecting anything in return – biggest smile ever!
  • Baking cookies and then sharing them.
  • Sitting by a warm fireplace.
  • Slipping into my favorite sweatshirt.
  • Watching my favorite movies while munching on popcorn.
  • Going to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Sitting by water…my favorite is the ocean but even a stream will do.

Whatever it is in your life that is positive and brings you a moment or two of joy, by all means do it!  It is only possible to be a good caregiver when you are fully charged and energized.  Be good to YOU!

Cheers!

~Beth

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About Cruz2Lose

I am witty, intelligent and still manage to keep my sense of humor no matter what life throws at me!
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