Some great tips here for all of us – how we can best take care of ourselves. A good resource from Today’s Caregiver Magazine, website: https://caregiver.com/.  Post this on your refrigerator as a great reminder!

 

  • Laugh about something every day.
  • Take care of yourself physically.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Talk with someone every day.
  • Let family and friends help. Give them a chance.
  • Give yourself permission to have a good cry. Tears aren’t a weakness, they reduce tension.
  • A brisk walk counts.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Try a bowl of Cheerios and milk before bed to promote sleep.
  • Avoid noisy and/or tension-filled movies at night. The late news itself can add to stress. Skip it.
  • Reduce daily caffeine intake.
  • Get professional help if you feel your support system isn’t adequate or if you feel overwhelmed.
  • Take a break every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes alone in the backyard.
  • Explore community resources and connect yourself with them.
  • Listen to music.
  • Learn relaxation techniques.
  • Regularly attend one or more support groups and education workshops.
  • Give yourself a treat at least once a month: an ice cream cone, a new shirt or dress….a night out with friends….a flowering plant.
  • Know your limitations.

 

Kimkitta Cariah-Butler
Director of Family Services

Kimkitta Cariah-Butler Director of Assisted Living at Kensington Park headshot.

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