Adapted from the Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2021
Here’s another Caregiver “Key Step” from SafeHarbor for a positive, healthy 2022. According to the Wall Street Journal, 53 million unpaid family caregivers, mostly women, are physically, emotionally & financially drained. Caregivers are constantly worrying about COVID-19 & other health issues, time management, and everyday issues that arise. “Every worry needs a plan” according to Denise Brown.
Emotional Health For 2022
Worries are endless and emotionally exhausting. Lower the stress by planning ahead. Denise Brown of Caregiving Years Training Academy says to plan for every worry. A Phone Tree can be created to find contact information quickly & efficiently in an emergency when kept in a handy spot such as the refrigerator door. Share the tree with all caregivers.
Important Advanced Directives, identification, and health insurance cards can also be left with the Phone Tree. This allows you to grab them quickly when necessary. If you are stressing about what mom & dad want in their final days – ask them. That is if it’s not in writing already.
Remember to release pent-up emotions in a healthy way. Watching a sad movie or listening to an emotional song can lead to crying- for pain and suffering- for yourself and your loved one. it is OK to cry! Exercise, in the house or the gym, is a good stress-reliever. Even a stroll around the neighborhood can release tensions and increase your 2022 well-being.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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