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Taking time for yourself is crucial for family caregivers and their loved ones.

If you’re among the 8% of Americans who actually achieve their New Year’s resolution goals, congratulations! But if you’re like the majority of us, you have given up well before even turning the calendar page to February. Although of course it’s admirable to attempt to improve ourselves by resolving to get rid of 10 pounds or eat much healthier, for busy family caregivers, there are truly meaningful, attainable goals that will improve life all through the year and help you avoid family caregiver burnout.

Consider these suggestions:

  • Find joy. Looking after someone else is a labor of love, but can also bring about challenges which make it hard to focus on the everyday benefits that can create joy. Take some time each day to pause to find a reason to smile. Bring humor to your daily caregiving tasks to share laughter along with your family member. Take pleasure in the feeling of the sunlight shining through the window as you are sorting laundry. Call a friend who lifts your spirits for a quick chat.
  • See the bigger picture. Make an effort to take one step back from the busyness of your to-do list, and look at the overall impact your caregiving is making. Because of you, a senior loved one is able to continue living in the comfort and familiarity of home. Thanks to you, life is the absolute best it can be for a senior loved one. Your contribution is priceless and it is making a big difference.
  • Compartmentalize. It’s exceedingly important to make mental health a top priority, and one effective way to handle the many different responsibilities associated with providing care is to be totally focused on the present. Picturing different rooms for different concerns can be helpful; so in case you begin to be concerned about an impending surgical treatment the senior is facing as you’re watching a movie together with your kids, think about setting that concern in its appropriate room until later, and paying attention to today.
  • Be kind to yourself. It’s not hard to succumb to a pattern of wishing you could do more for a senior loved one, or worrying about errors you’ve made which you wish you could possibly change. Remind yourself you are human, and that you are accomplishing worthwhile work for the senior you love. Acknowledge the sacrifices you’re making, just like you would acknowledge and appreciate them in another family caregiver.
  • Seek – and accept – help and support. Wanting to be a superhero who manages every single thing independently can very quickly lead to burnout and depression. Working with other people to assist your parent is the best approach to be sure his or her needs are thoroughly met, while helping you realize the healthy life balance you need and are entitled to.

Atlanta Home Care Partners is the ideal partner for family caregivers, delivering highly skilled, professional, and compassionate private duty nursing Atlanta, GA and the surrounding communities depend on for senior loved ones. Allow us to help you prevent family caregiver burnout! Contact us online or give us a call at (404) 228-0103 and together we can develop a plan of care to make 2020 the greatest year yet – both for the senior in your care, as well as for yourself.