Life After Caregiving

Now is the time to heal yourself, let’s get to work!

Life After Caregiving

Now is the time to heal yourself, let’s get to work!

Rosalynn
Carter

“People don’t want to admit that they are caregivers; they feel it is just their responsibility to care for a mother or a grandmother.”

Be Aware

Anyone can be depressed, know what to look for.

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read between the lines

The Risk

Delve into the factors to understand why depression hurts.

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emotional pain hurts too

Smart Solutions

Intelligent solutions begin with knowing how to heal yourself.

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knowledge is power

Find Services

The first step is getting over your reluctance to ask for assistance.

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you’re not alone

Shop for Products

Discover products that help with depression.

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find comfort

Self-Care

Here are some tips on how you can brighten someone’s day.

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spread the love

9m+

unpaid latino caregivers

11m+

sandwich generation caregivers

31%

caregivers are millenials

1st Step

Stay Connected

Reach out to family and friends who can give you encouraging feedback and provide you an honest, fresh perspective. Even though you may feel like withdrawing, calling a friend or getting out to socialize can boost your mood and outlook.

2nd Step

Engage in Activities

Engage in activities that you enjoy and make you feel good. A healthy mind also means a healthy body, make choices that take care of both. Remember that people around you want to help.

3rd Step

Set Goals

If you’re beginning the road to recovery, start small. For instance, get out of bed by a certain time, or plan a household chore… or even call a friend.

Notes from the Author

Welcome to Your Next Journey

You may not be ready today or tomorrow.  The changes you are undergoing take time.  Sometimes it feels like progress, other times is feels hopeless.  Get comfortable with uncertainty.  Celebrate positive changes and be gentle with yourself when things go wrong.  Here are the dimensions of life your are now facing.

  1. Learning – Find a favorite website or app that sends daily tidbits to enrich your life.  How about bookmarking National Geographic’s website and checking daily.  Wonderful stories, rich engaging photography provide you with a mini-mental escape while you learn something new.  Not into National Geographic?  Send us a comment about other sites you recommend.
  2. Self-Care – We are heading into the coldest and darkest months of the year.  Colds and influenza germs fill the air.  Be careful to maintain your own health.  Maybe a 15 minute daily walk in the sunshine?  What’s on your radar?
  3. Family & Friends – As a caregiver your duties are unrelenting and isolating – we implore you to guard against it.  Sign up for a REUNIONCare account and engage your family and friends in your caregiving journey.  In the coming year, we want you to resolve to be present in this life changing journey and share it with those you love.
  4. Work –   Many of you caregivers hold down a full-time job while caregiving.  No matter how you slice and dice your day, 24 hours is all you have.  Please check with your employer’s human resource department about Family and Medical Leave Act and about flexible scheduling.  Knowledge is power.  Know what benefits you can access.
  5. Play – Play isn’t just for children.  Can you identify a hobby or sport to enjoy in the New Year?  Reach back to childhood for clues but also look out for new adventures.  How about a yoga class?  Painting?  Reading?  Find something that renews you and play.
  6. Community service – We saved this for last because we want to thank you.  Caregivers are providing a vital community service that is overlooked and under appreciated.  Thank you.  Thank you for sacrificing your own personal aspirations to accompany someone else on their aging journey.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your community service.

Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.