WHAT ABOUT THE DO'S FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER?
Other than being told to do this and do that, what you as
the caregiver really needs to do is take care of yourself.
You need to lessen the stress that has come with the
responsibilities of caretaking or you will end up sick. Then
what? This is very important. I know I am repeating myself,
but think about it. What happens to your loved one, if you get
sick? You are making sure that they eat right. You want them
to get enough sleep. You remind them to exercise. Well, all
these things apply to you, also. You can't forget about them.
Do for yourself! Let the stroke victim see that you are taking
care of yourself. It's a positive sign for them and hopefully,
they will follow suit!
Do remember all the hobbies and interests you have. If you
like photography, go out and take some photos. What if it's
gardening, then go plant some flowers in the yard. Maybe
you like to walk, then set a time and goal...go do it. Go meet
a friend for lunch, take in a movie or check out garage sales.
Maybe there's a good play in town, or a museum you haven't
been to lately. If you like to read, grab a book at the bookstore
along with a cup of cappuccino and curl up in their leather chairs
for a while.
There are hundreds of ways to do for yourself. Sit and make a
list of what you want. Do something good for yourself each day.
You absolutely deserve it and you don't need to spend any
money. There are plenty of free things to do. Check out your
newspaper, pick up information at the Chamber of Commerce or
your library. Some towns have a weekly or monthly activity
book or newsletter about what's going on around town. Maybe
you can join a club of your own interest and get out in the
evening for a couple hours. Make that list for yourself and then
activate it. Be kind to yourself!
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