Adapted from the Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2021

SafeHarbor HealthCare is back with another Caregiver “Key Step” for a positive, healthy 2022. According to the Wall Street Journal, 53 million unpaid family caregivers, mostly women, are physically, emotionally & financially drained. Let’s make some changes!
2022 will be a positive year!

Mental Health Changes For 2022

Caring for a loved one is not easy. In order to combat depression & isolation, don’t hesitate to ask for help in order to take a break. Re-visit an old hobby such as gardening, painting, or reading. Take a walk, meet a friend, or visit a museum. Since the physical toll can be hard on you treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself and take a breather.

Taking Time For Yourself

Another suggestion is to create a comfortable space in your home or yard to escape, relax & be alone stress-free. You need time to gather your thoughts, even for 10 minutes a day, for your mental health. Denise Brown, a Chicago caregiver says she feels like she is managing crisis after crisis. Caring for her parents, she was depleted. She decided to take a week off and stay in a hotel. The rest was the start of much scheduled “Me” time. She is now giving advice professionally, at Caregiving Years Training Academy. Don’t wait to get to your wit’s end to ask for help in securing time for yourself.

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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