Caregiver

3 Resolutions for the Burnt-Out Caregiver

December 28, 2021

Ah, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. For many, it is a time to rest, recoup, and start to plan the next year. If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, this time of recouping is essential. Often as people head into the new year, it’s common to set New Year’s resolutions but for caregivers who are already drained, setting resolutions can seem daunting, and can be counter-productive. When your batteries are low, you need to recharge, so rather than setting a long list of goals, we recommend focusing on a few things. We have outlined three new years resolutions below – one for Mind, one for Body, and one for the Soul. We recommend making these your own. OWN THEM, and don’t be OWNED by them.

 

Three Resolutions for the Burnt-Out Caregiver:

  • MIND – I will get more respite. No matter what that looks like to you (a few hours, a few days or a few weeks), it’s important that you give yourself a break to restore physically and emotionally.
  • BODY – I will move my body everyday. 10 minutes of stretching, a 30-minute walk, yoga, a bike ride…Whatever it means to you, get your heart rate up and blood pumping daily. Studies show that this will have a positive impact mentally AND physically.
  • SOUL – I will implement a daily journal or gratitude practice. Taking time daily to look inward and reflect is invaluable. Carving out space for a daily ritual that is consistent makes all the difference.

 

As you head into the winter months, remember “You can’t pour out of an empty cup.” Focus on staying present, and remember you are doing the best you can. We are here for resources and to be an advocate for you.

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