New Year’s Resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that just didn’t stick? Maybe it was to exercise every morning or to floss every night or to read one book a week or to go some place new each weekend. You started these goals out with great gusto – new year, new you! But eventually… things got in the way. Cold mornings and a warm bed. An empty floss container that you couldn’t seem to replace. A favorite TV show that you opted to watch instead of reading. The routine of the same familiar restaurants.

And eventually… bigger circumstances arose, and those resolutions didn’t seem so important. A spouse or parent or loved one with dementia. Taking on the role of caregiver and all the responsibility that comes with it. New year, new you – just not in the way you had hoped.

For caregivers, it’s hard to think about yourself. Your energy is directed towards caring for someone else, and most days it may feel like you don’t have enough left to care for YOU. But here’s some truth: You NEED to care for yourself in order to be the best caregiver you can be. It’s almost a new year, so it’s a great time to do a self-evaluation. Have you let self-care fall by the wayside?

Caregivers, we know you’re busy. You have a million things on your mind. Your own needs are last on the to-do list, but this year, try to take some time to care for YOU. You need it and deserve it. Here’s 7 realistic New Year’s Resolutions just for you. If you need someone to walk alongside you as you try to live these out, we’ve got your back! Join us for a support group. Give us a call at 901.854.1200. We would be happy to help!

7 Resolutions for Caregivers

  • I will do the best that I can each day and know that is enough.
  • I will take some time for myself whenever I can and as often as I can.
  • I will make myself a priority even when it doesn’t seem possible.
  • I will ask for help even when I think I can do it all by myself.
  • I will make plans for the future even though it may be difficult to consider.
  • I will try to enjoy the moment.
  • I will try to laugh more and worry less.