Take a Caregiver Vacation

Vacations come and go but caregivers keep caregiving. If you are a caregiver and can organize time off throughout the summer, great.

If you cannot, make your own getaway.

Caregivers who follow these 3 suggestions during the summer will be re energized and enjoy the strength to go on.

Spend more time with different members of the family and/or close friends.

You will need a refreshing change of pace. Many caregivers fall under the trap of hopelessness that is included with spending every single day at home. If you make arrangements to get out solitude will be your companion and depressive disorders will be knocking at your door.

If you take care of a loved one in your own home try to get away no less than a several~hour respite.

Some of my non caregiving close friends hosted us within their homes where they were doing all the cooking, clean-up, and even entertaining (of my dad), giving me the chance to enjoy a refreshing respite within a different setting.

Think about in-home care in case your loved one cannot get around easily.

If arranging professional in-home care seems frustrating or impossible during the summer, invite a half-dozen good friends, neighbors, or members of the family to your house for an mid-day potluck.

You would like to keep it simple and not get stressed.

You never know, they might be pleased with the non-family change of pace your invite provides.

I asked friends (present or past caregivers) to the home for a potluck with the concept that many hands help to make light work.

My mood rose with close friends around to assist me to prepare food and cleanup while discussing funny stories and laughing out loud.

Depending on the folks in your life and just how you describe the situation, you might be surprised by how nicely this works and just how soon everyone wants to do it again. Try it!

Reduce your expanding To Do List.

If you are like me, it appears your To Do List gets longer and lengthier with every passing week.

Every time I have a long weekend, I start with a lengthy and ambitious list.

I prepare to get all caught up, however that list that has been expanding over several years.

Im frustrated when I still begin to see the piles of non-urgent mail, journals, and books; the pictures needing to be arranged; or the old videos that need to be moved and modified.

Through the years, since age 8 (Im definitely not kidding), Ive found ways to carve out a few hour blocks of time. For a time, I was getting through little piles 1 weekend per month.

That activity has ceded to hours at the computer making a dent in email messages which appear to multiply like minks! The steady work is yielding visible results and I occasionally it feels lighter since weight is being removed from my shoulders.

Take a look at To Do list to find out what you can achieve in a 3-hour period.

Your achievements will lift your mood and give you the energy to go back to caregiving.

Take time out to do something For you to do.

I enjoy backpacking in the mountains mainly in the Angeles National Forest with some saturday and sunday trips high up in the Sierras in which the sky looks astonishingly brighter above 10,000 feet.

Based on the terrain and range, well leave for the half day 5 to 10 mile hike or do a 20 miler in the Sierras after an over night stay.

If your care receiver can join you, think about a walk in the park, a museum, or aquarium, or check out an antiques shop and reminisce about the stuff she/he had in the past assuming it’s this that you want to do.

While taking care of my father, we might reminisce as we examined his old records and photos. He stored everything like his English composition guide from 1929.

Enjoy time together with your loved one. Discuss the stories from your past that will some day comfort you by means of memories.

Before any vacation (whether official or one you set up), think about doing one or two of the following so that you can feel re-energized when you care for the one you love.

Meet with various family members and close friends for a change of pace.
Set sensible expectations to produce a dent in your To Do List.
Remember to do something you would like to do.

Best wishes for you and also to your success!