March Forth With Your New Year's Resolution (Again)

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By Martie Cruz 

 

Now that we're officially in the third month of 2017, it's a good time to take a fresh look at those New Year's resolutions we made a few months ago. Some we may have been really great at keeping, others… not so much.

 

That's why tomorrow, March 4th, is one of the most empowering days on the calendar. It's a mnemonic that gives you permission to march forth with your goals and change your life. Even if it's not the first day of a new year, or a new week.

 

We don't know what your specific goals are, but we do know that many adults caring for loved ones share common challenges. Here are a few we encounter all the time, and some ways to deal with them:

 

  • "I feel stretched in too many different directions." Between work and every single person in your life seeming to need something from you, feeling overwhelmed can get to seem like business as usual. Is there anything you can delegate? Asking a sibling to help with older parents, or a child to pitch in a bit more with housework, can take a few obligations off your plate and give you the space you need to take a breath every now and then.

 

  • "I don't have time to take care of myself." If even thinking of taking a walk or cooking a healthy meal is a luxury you can't afford, then perhaps you could think about it a different way. By taking care of your health, you're giving your body and mind the strength and endurance they need to help you go the distance in caring for others.

 

  • "I feel guilty that I lose my patience." Caregiving isn't for the faint of heart, and even the saintliest among us are bound to get frustrated every once in a while. Cut yourself a little slack. On top of whatever other obligations you have, you also have the full-time job of caring for your loved one. If you're perfect 90 percent of the time, and 10 percent of the time you're a little testy, then you're doing alright!

     
  • "My time with my older loved one feels like an obligation." Becoming a family caregiver often means redefining your role as a child, spouse or sibling, and it can make you feel like you're the support staff in your own life. Enlisting others in the job might help you feel less alone. For example, planning family dinners where different generations come together to share a meal can take a little of the performance burden off of you, and helps turn an average dinner into a family celebration.

 

If you'd like to learn more about how a professional CAREGiver can help your family, please contact us.

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