Caregiving: Building Bridges

January is a time to embrace change and restore your faith in beginnings. While ushering in this renewed time in your lives, I thought it would be helpful to share guidelines that helped me create new and improved goals.

As caregivers, this is a never-ending job, and sometimes caring for a loved one, especially a spouse, it can become an emotional challenge.  However, with the New Year fresh in bloom, think of these ideas as taking the road less traveled…

 Here are three tips to enrich your caregiving experience and start fresh:

1. Snap shots. Get down those photo albums you have clung on to for years and years. Taking a trip down memory lane can be fun and healthy for all concerned. Remember your children and help your loved ones remember their grand children when they were just babies. Finding a better balance in your life this way can help you recognize that life is recurring, and better times will come again.

 2. Grip the pain. As hard and unappealing as this sounds it is the best remedy for a broken heart. Allowing yourself to feel the pain of your loss will help with your pain. Talk about it with friends, family or write about it. Recognizing that everyone feels this pain at some point can be a release.  It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to his or her feelings, so hold onto them until you are ready to let go.

 3. Don’t obsess with past perfections. Time is great at skewing our memories. We all are guilty of building up a ‘time when’ in our life to a point were all we do is live in it and not the present. Life isn’t measured by these imperfections, so relish the time you have here and now.









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