Self Caring Archive 2010

  1. #1 New Year's Resolution for Caregivers December 28, 2010

    If you're a caregiver, how about leaving all those self-improvement resolutions to somebody else this year? Try this New Year's resolution instead. From Caring.com....  Read more

  2. "All I Want for Christmas": A Caregiver Wish List November 30, 2010

    10 holiday gift ideas for the stressed and time-pressed caregiver -- and 8 "are you listening, Santa?" bonus wishes....  Read more

  3. Me, You, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor November 09, 2010

    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talked to Caring.com about her late husband, who died of Alzheimer's one year ago this week,and described an emotion most Alzheimer's caregivers can relate to well....  Read more

  4. The Unique Stress of the Alzheimer's Caregiver October 05, 2010

    The dismal economy might be stressful. But new research by Caring.com finds that being an Alzheimer's caregiver is far more stressful. Where does that stress come from? As a caregiver with circles under her eyes once answered me with a sigh, *"Let me count the ways."*...  Read more

  5. Can't Help Gnawing on Unhappy Thoughts? August 11, 2010

    No, I don't have dementia. But in healthy-minded but way-too-stressed people, often women (*check, check, check! *), this same obsessive thought pattern is known as **rumination.** And it's a habit that can quickly become a caregiver stress swamp. ...  Read more

  6. Gail Sheehy: "My Toughest Emotion" June 30, 2010

    Gail Sheehy, author of Passages in Caregiving, knows firsthand the stress and emotional struggles of being a caregiver; part one....  Read more

  7. How to Ask for Caregiving Help May 12, 2010

    If you're a family caregiver, do you find it hard to ask for help? Some hurdles that might be getting in your way -- and what to do....  Read more

  8. Do You Have a "Natural Caregiver" Personality? May 05, 2010

    Caregiver personalities vary from person to person. How much is your caregiving stress level affected by the personality you were born with? We all know people who seem to roll with caregiving more easily than others. ...  Read more

  9. When You Don't Hear "Thanks" April 14, 2010

    * **Thank yourself "“ mentally.** If nobody else is saying it, say it yourself. Look yourself in the mirror in the morning and remind yourself: Good for Me; I'm Doing a Good Thing. One woman once told me she patted her own back before she woke her mother up each day, a form of self encouragement that's funny to picture, but if it works"¦! ...  Read more

  10. Why It's Important to Ask, "What Are My Limits?" March 31, 2010

    It's **knowing your boundaries.** Through trial and error, she (and Paul) had to figure out their limits and then figure out how to work within them, as well as what to do about the stuff that threatened to push them over the limit....  Read more

  11. Step One: Find the "I" in Caring March 22, 2010

    Every caregiver has heard about the "attach your oxygen mask first" message about the importance of self care. Well how many of you then thought, *Yeah, right*?...  Read more