Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Greater Enjoyment of Life

Work Life Balance

It goes without saying as a caregiver you must juggle both the demands of a job with other demands upon your time. What is the solution? It starts with having control over you and enjoying life. Work life balance helps you manage varying work-life commitments and also helps create an environment that promotes a happy fulfilled life. 

Read the tips below, and start implementing some of them today:  

Managing Work-EEOC has provided best practices for workers with caregiving responsibility. In your workplace I encourage you to understand and request flexible work arrangements; i.e. general flex options and reduced-time. Some options include flex-time programs, flex-week opportunities, telecommuting, or part-time work.

Set Your Priorities-clearly defined goals make life much easier because you know what you are doing; this will allow greater control over your emotions and improve time management skills. Your goals need to be specific, attainable, realistic and timely. Instead of having, "a healthy lifestyle" a SMART goal would be "to join XYZ gym go 3 days a week at 6 o’clock for 1 hour”.

Having a Social Life-You usually reserve activities you enjoy for the weekend, why not plan at least one fun activity during the week. Start or join a local meet up in your city or town. Simply stated, "GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LIFE". 

How are you balancing Work and Life? Please leave a comment sharing your success!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Managing Caregiver Emotions


Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient person. If you're like many caregivers, you have a hard time asking for help. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to a maddening world pool of emotions: sadness, frustration, anger, anxiety, guilt, resentment confusion, isolation, loss, fear, grief, impatience, and stress. 

According to a survey from the National Alliance of Caregiving (NAC) and AARP, caregivers say that the top unmet needs include:

  • Finding time for one's self (35%)
  • Managing emotional and physical stress (29%)
  • Balancing work and family responsibilities (29%)

Rather than struggling on your own, take advantage of local resources for caregivers. To get started, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to learn about services in your community. You can find your local AAA online or in the government section of your telephone directory.

Resource for the day