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​By Martie Cruz

 

Are you celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend? If not, you may want to consider it, because it truly is an extraordinary holiday. Delicious food. Friends and family. Red envelopes. Fireworks. What could be bad?

 

Each Chinese zodiac animal is celebrated every 12 years, and it alternates between the four elements: fire, air, earth and water. So this is the year of the fire rooster, who is noted for being trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work – there's a reason roosters make such good alarm clocks. Also, the last generation of fire roosters were born in 1957, which means they are turning 60 this year.

 

All this has gotten us to thinking that fire roosters have a lot in common with caregivers. Not only are they roughly the same age as many adult children caring for their aging parents (and some spouses caring for loved ones), but they have some of the key qualities a caregiver needs to keep things humming along smoothly. Roosters are also known for being extremely loyal, hard-working, multi-talented, and can deal with a variety of jobs – does that sound familiar?

 

Traditionally, your Chinese zodiac year is considered an unlucky year for you. But we'd prefer to think of it as a time when it's even more important than usual to practice self-care. So whether you're an actual fire rooster -- or you just have a lot in common with one -- we encourage you to use 2017 to cut yourself a little slack. Take the time to take care of your health, and try to remember to balance that trademark rooster impatience with your equally noteworthy tolerance and compassion – not just for others, but for yourself.

 

Whether you put stock in the zodiac or not, caring for yourself is the first step in caring for others. For more information, please contact us.

 

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