5 Great Indulgences for Caregivers

There's nothing like a gift to lift the spirits -- even if it's "to" and "from" yourself. Best of all: a gift that keeps giving. The following ideas have the benefit of providing repeated mood-boosts because they come around regularly:

  • An X-of-the-month club. Replace that X with words for your special treats and use an online search engine, and you'll find monthly shipments of flowers, fruits, cheese, books, beer, plants -- you name it.

  • Join Netflix or another movie-rental service that transmits or sends you favorites as often as you need them.

  • Sign up for coupons and gifts connected with your birthday at local businesses and online retailers. Many ice cream stores offer a free scoop to registered regulars; restaurants may offer free entrees, desserts, or drinks. Clothing retailers often offer discount coupons to those on their mailing lists.

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  • Be nice to yourself on Caregiver Monday. Resolve to make time for a supportive chat with a fellow caregiver to start the week in a positive frame of mind. Skype with a friend or call out to someone from your Alzheimer's Stage Group.

  • Pick a monthly special treat. Haircut? Manicure? Movie? Fresh flowers from the market? Mark your intention in your datebook once a month for the rest of the year to help you commit to following through on a simple, well-deserved indulgence.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio

about 4 years, said...

Being a widow has been difficult, but after 4-1/2 years, I'v worked out the kinks pretty much. I treat myself to dinner out 2 times a week. I have been caregiving full-time AND working full-time for over 8 years. At one point, caregiving for my husband, mother, and father. All that is left now is my father, and he was just accepted into Hospice care last Friday, and already we can see him 'winding down'. I will miss the companionship of my father, but he is no longer happy, and no longer has the 'spark' of joy in his eyes. In fact his eyes have changed in a way that concerns me - they have darkened their color. My Dr's will be putting me on a medical leave once Dad is gone, as my health was neglected for a little too long. Also need to find a "new normal" for myself. The gift of the month thing is a good idea - rather than doing it for me, I have a BarkBox delivered to my doggies once a month with various treats/toys in it. They are worth it!

almost 5 years, said...

Sounds like a good idea - I've never "treated" myself like this before. But then, I'm ever so thrifty, so it will depend on the cost of X.

over 5 years, said...

Just the thought that I might deserve to take care of myself is helpful.

about 6 years, said...

Too often we forget about ourselves because we are so busy being caregivers. Thanks for reminding me about me.

over 6 years, said...

The idea is good but it is not applicable for me, because I amm far away from you.

over 6 years, said...

A few of these i never thought of, are simple, cheap and would be great once a month.....thank u soooo much!