Written by Active Minds on Tuesday the 1st of January 2019.
Taking the time to create new years resolutions can be a great way to start the year a fresh with a positive outlook. As a carer you may spend most of your time thinking about other people, but it is important to set some time aside for your own wellbeing. Here are some fantastic resolutions for carers to take this new year.
Share Your Concerns
Caring for someone living with dementia can be emotionally challenging and it’s important that you share any concerns you have with others. Try not to keep everything to yourself and think you should have to do everything on your own.
Take Some Time
Try set aside some time every day for yourself. It can be very easy to get caught up in caring for someone, but it’s so important that you take some time to focus on yourself. Simply sitting down to read a book, or cooking your favourite meal can be an excellent way to focus on yourself.
Try Something New
A great way to start the new year is by trying something new. Be open to exploring new hobbies or sports, and put yourself out there to meet new people. This can be a great way to boost both your mental and physical wellbeing. Exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on mood, as well as improving health.
Sometimes understanding more can help you cope in challenging situations. Someone living with dementia can sometimes show distressing behaviour and understanding more about why this is occurring can help you deal with the situation at hand.
Ask For Help
If your situation becomes unmanageable or perhaps you need a mini break, ask for help. Don’t be afraid to consult with family members, or professional services to get the help if you need it. Remember you are not in this alone and by asking for help can ensure you get some well deserved time to yourself.
Be Proud of What You Achieve
Being a carer for someone living with dementia can be a challenging role and you should always be proud of what you have achieved in assisting that person.
Simply taking the time this new year to build your own list of resolutions which you can refer back to, can help you stay positive and help maintain your wellbeing in the new year. Remember, caring for someone isn’t easy, but by taking time for yourself and building knowledge you can help both yourself and the person you are caring for.