Making resolutions can be an opportunity to set positive goals for ourselves as we enter a new year. This tradition can be a stressor for some but creating resolutions can also be a great exercise for caregivers to set realistic expectations for themselves in the care of their loved one each day.
These resolution ideas may help you as a caregiver set positive and helpful goals for 2024.
Take time for yourself each day.
Even if you take a short walk or take 15 minutes to flip through a magazine or read a book, time to recharge and recenter is important for your mental and physical health. Commit to taking a set amount of time each day to care for you. Get creative and ask a friend, family member or neighbor to help you if you are unable to get away from your caregiving duties.
Don’t criticize yourself.
Caregiving can create a lot of pressure for caregivers. Sometimes circumstances will be overwhelming or will go in a direction that was unanticipated. As a caregiver, we encourage you to not criticize yourself in those moments. Often there are factors in caregiving that we may not be able to control and it’s important to not blame yourself. This year, in those moments, take a deep breath and reset yourself and remember that we can’t control every situation.
Find positive moments in each day.
Even if days are filled with challenges and difficult tasks, look for the good moments and document them. Consider creating a gratitude or blessings journal. In a notebook or journal, jot down something that you are grateful for or a positive experience from your day. When you find yourself feeling frustrated, look back over your list to reflect on positive experiences in your caregiver journey.
As a caregiver entering 2024, you are doing great and important work. We want to support you. Please reach out to a member of your care team if you have a specific need. We want to help you be as successful as possible as you care for your loved one.