Help I’m a Caregiver Part 3

Are You New to Caregiving?

Here are the 3 important things you need to know as a New Caregiver.

  1. As a Caregiver – You are giving a gift of love
  2. You are caring for your loved one because…
  3. You are caring for you, now!

Let’s look a little closer at:-

3.     You are caring for You!

You are a critical caregiver, caring for you is KEY!

Always find ways to keep your Care tank chock-full

When your Care tank is empty it’s hard to care for anyone else.

Find Time for You every day!

Whether it’s reading your favourite book

Playing your favourite game

Making your favourite meal

Enjoying your favourite interest

Doing something everyday to keep your Care tank chock-full is vital

Warning – When you don’t have boundaries in place

Caring for another person can become stressful and a burden

Now is the time to put the right steps in place in every area of your life.

Social – Sharing

Emotional – Time  

Physical – Space 

Psychological – Endurance

Financial – Investment

Caring – Commitment

Taking time for you helps balance and helps centre you.

Taking time off every week, just for you is necessary.

Taking time for a holiday each year is important to remember.

You have essential skills, which have prepared you for this time of giving.

You are Amazing, You Contribute & Add Value!

Memorize  to Honour, Love & Respect You!

Remember stability – strength & steadiness

Remember constancy – loyalty & reliability

Remember dependability – trustworthiness & faithfulness

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are capable!

Help I’m a Caregiver Part 2

Are You New to Caregiving?

Here are the 3 important things you need to know as a New Caregiver.

  1. As a Caregiver – You are giving a gift of love
  2. You are caring for your loved one because…
  3. You are caring for you, now!

Let’s look a little closer at:=

2.     You are caring for your Loved One because…!

You have taken this opportunity to care for your Loved One.

Explore this opportunity, learn everything you can about this new appointment!

This is a new opportunity for you to manage – not do everything.

What are your reasons to be caring for your Loved One…because…

This adventure will take time,

Remember your boundaries

Social – Sharing

Emotional – Time  

Physical – Space 

Psychological – Endurance

Financial – Investment

Caring – Commitment

Yet, this too will pass.

Value the time you have with your Loved One.

Some days you may wish you never began this journey, that’s ok, it’s natural.

Some days you may wish you didn’t have to see the changes in your Loved One.

Other days you will be so glad you took this opportunity to give back.

Other days you will know you made the right choice for you.

To learn, To share, To give, To care, To listen, To know, To love.

Remember determination – strength of mind, see it through.

Remember resilience – be flexible and durable

Remember strength – power and vigour

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are independent!

Help I’m a Caregiver Part 1

Are You New to Caregiving?

Here are the 3 important things you need to know as a New Caregiver.

  1. As a Caregiver – You are giving a gift of love
  2. You are caring for your loved one because…
  3. You are caring for you, now!

Let’s look a little closer

  1. As a Caregiver – You are giving a gift of love!

You are given this opportunity to care for your Loved One.

Remember not to be greedy!

Share this opportunity to give back to your Loved One

With other family members, friends & Create a support team.

There may be not a lot that needs to be done now.

Yet, we are not talking about only, now!

We are planning for the future of You & Your Loved One.

Your gift of Love, is and will be a daily journey, journal it.

Notice changes in each area of your life.

Social – Sharing

Emotional – Time  

Physical – Space 

Psychological – Endurance

Financial – Investment

Caring – Commitment

Each change is a moment to remember.

Some days’ it will be easy.

Some days’ it will be not as easy.

It is important to give your gift of love from the heart.

Remember compassion – thoughtfulness, consideration & kindness

Remember sympathy – understanding looking through your Loved One’s eyes.

Remember empathy – picture yourself in your Loved One’s shoes.

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are helpful!

First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 5

4.Some of the first signs and symptoms of Physical.

 You may see signs in yours or someone you Love’s Physical…

  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Over-eating
  • Difficulty getting to sleep,
  • Headaches
  • Waking up in the middle of the night
  • Stomach aches
  • Feeling physically sick
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Sleeping for longer
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Loss of emotional expression (flat affect)
  • Chronic pain which does not respond to treatment

You are human if you have or are experiencing these feelings from time to time. Everyone does!

However for people experiencing depression the feelings might be more severe and they do not go away over time.

Depression is when there are a combination of many areas, mood, thinking, behaviour, physical.

Possible Causes and risk factors for depression

  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Financial strain
  • Health problems or chronic pain
  • Marital or relationship challenges
  • Early childhood trauma or abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Lack of social support
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Family history of depression
  • Biochemical imbalances,
  • Illness,
  • Personality (low self esteem, pessimism, poor copiing strategies, passivity, dependence, anxiousness),
  • Lack of social support
  • Sensory loss
  • Stress
  • Short winter days with less light (SAD)
  • Negative life events (losses)
  • Health complications
  • Changes in life roles
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Abuse
  • Neglect

Worried you might have depression?

If you are experiencing any of these

  • Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
  • Strange or grandiose ideas
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Prolonged depression or apathy
  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behaviour

Ask for help from your local doctor or psychologist. They should be able to help you with the right support at this time.

 Getting help?

Road to recovery the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one may not be the treatment for all cases. If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, take some time to explore the many treatment options. In most cases, the best approach involves a combination of social support, lifestyle changes, emotional skills building and professional help.

Remember this too will pass.

Till Next Time – Be extraordinary!

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are capable!

See Caregiver Depression 4

First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 4

3. Some of the first signs and symptoms  in Behaviour.

 You may see signs in yours or someone you Love’s Behaviours…

  • Withdrawing from family
  • Being overly dependent on friends
  • Crying a lot
  • Increased use of drugs
  • Lack of motivation and energy
  • Increased use of medication
  • Loosing interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Being overly dependent on family
  • Increased use of alcohol
  • Loosing your temper more then usual

You are human if you have or are experiencing these feelings from time to time. Everyone does!

However for people experiencing depression the feelings might be more severe and they do not go away over time.

Depression is when there are a combination of many areas, mood, thinking, behaviour, physical.

Possible Causes and risk factors for depression

  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Financial strain
  • Health problems or chronic pain
  • Marital or relationship challenges
  • Early childhood trauma or abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Lack of social support
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Family history of depression
  • Biochemical imbalances,
  • Illness,
  • Personality (low self esteem, pessimism, poor copiing strategies, passivity, dependence, anxiousness),
  • Lack of social support
  • Sensory loss
  • Stress
  • Short winter days with less light (SAD)
  • Negative life events (losses)
  • Health complications
  • Changes in life roles
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Abuse
  • Neglect

Worried you might have depression?

If you are experiencing any of these

  • Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
  • Strange or grandiose ideas
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Prolonged depression or apathy
  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

Ask for help from your local doctor or psychologist. They should be able to help you with the right support at this time.

Getting help?

Road to recovery the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one may not be the treatment for all cases. If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, take some time to explore the many treatment options. In most cases, the best approach involves a combination of social support, lifestyle changes, emotional skills building and professional help.

Remember this too will pass.

Till Next Time – Be extraordinary!

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are incredible!

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