Balancing Family being an unpaid caregiver
Being an unpaid caregiver is a struggle in itself to balance, but trying to do this and balance a family life it is beyond difficult as most of you can imagine. Even though it seems like the impossible it is very important that it is done - they must still stay connected with their friends and family and do the things they liked doing - this will keep them sane to say the least - even if it just a half hour a day! Caring.com wrote an article on "Caregiver Self Help - 7 Ideas to Help Caregivers Find more 'Me' Time," to sum it up here are the 7 ideas :
1. Schedule it - don't postpone your personal time, make it part of your must-dos in your day.
2. Say "no" - practice saying "no", it will get easier!
3. Create a personal space in your home, just for you - a go to room for you to escape and do something for yourself - take a power nap, watch a movie, chat with friends, etc.
4. Spread the work around - even though there is usually a primary caregiver, giving care should be a family-wide experience.
5. Look for shortcuts and other streamlining efficiencies - For one whole day, analyze the way you do all your routine tasks with an eye toward saving time.
6. Unplug - just 15 minutes a day, no tv, no phones, no computers, etc.
7. By time - hire help, your time is valuable and worth the extra money spent!
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