Monday, May 18, 2020

Self-Care 1

Taking care of someone with Dementia creates a lot of strong feelings.

If you're a caregiver living in the same home with your Loved One, I can only imagine the range of feelings is incredibly intense.

Through our own experiences and from my conversations with others, many caregivers and family members feel:
  • worry
  • anxiety
  • fear 
  • grief
  • love
  • joy
  • panic
  • peace
  • helplessness
  • loneliness
  • exhaustion
  • and so many more
Through those conversations, it appears that the negative emotions often overwhelm the positive emotions, especially when the caregiver is worn out.

So, how do we create some easy self-care?

For today let's focus on online ideas because we know that some people never have a chance to get out and about.
  • Teepa Snow videos. She is brilliant and considered the leading expert on Dementia for a very good reason
  • my own Quick Tips videos
  • if you're on social media, you can check to see if there on support groups. Read the rules carefully to ensure you're going to feel safe in posting. Tread carefully at the beginning because not all online groups are created equally!
  • check out the Alzheimer's sites for ideas to help you cope
  • meditation apps and exercises
    • I've used Calm and Triangle breathing successfully with students at school
    • there are lots of options out there, keep looking until you find one that works for you
How about you? What other online supports do you use? Any experience with meditation apps?

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