1. Renewal – Doing what brings you joy
can calm your nerves, decrease your heart
rate and improve your mood. Pursuing what
you love can be rejuvenating.
Energy – Balancing the responsibilities
in your life can drain you of energy. But
taking a break can allow you to re-energize
and be more effective in what you do.
Space – Distancing yourself from your
situation – even for just a few hours –
gives you the chance to be ‘off’ for a
while, so you can relax and be at ease.
Pleasure – No matter what our
responsibilities, everyone has the right to
enjoy life. Having time to do as you please
allows for purposeful, fulfilled living.
Identity – You are more than just your
loved one’s caregiver. It’s important to
maintain your sense of self and take care of
your personal needs and desires.
Time Away – Spending time away from
caregiving can allow you to see things more
clearly and gain a better perspective.
Having time to rest can even help you think
of new ideas or resources.
Engagement – Caregivers suffer from
social isolation as much as their loved ones
do. It’s important to spend time with your
friends and family and keep your social ties
care is also beneficial to loved ones
who could use a change of pace or scenery
from their daily routine.