Is there life outside of caregiving?

When you realize that your life is not defined by being a caregiver, you’ll reach outside of yourself and do things to balance your life as a caregiver.  These things have absolutely nothing to do with your loved one. 

Things like:

  • Spending a few hours out on the town just pampering yourself
  • Getting a one-hour massage
  • Taking up a hobby which may be something that you longed to do but didn’t think you  had time for
  • Reinventing your wardrobe
  • Getting a make-over
  • Writing your first novel

This list could be endless.  Just think about what a balanced life as a caregiver is all about.  What is it that you would like to do that’s just about you? Do that.

Care-giving can often feel like a thankless job.  Isn’t it time you start thanking yourself by recognizing who you REALLY are?

(taken from Michelle Howard Smith, Stress Relief for Caregivers)

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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