Are immediate reaction in todays world would be to quit our jobs and care of another, although society's needs and wants don't always let our financial circumstances do so. Why not balance work, life and caregiving? With the help of home care services and these workplace tips your life can become balanced again:
-Tell the boss: While every job is unique, letting your employer know about your situation is usually a good idea. It helps him or her understand the challenges you are facing and see that you want to be a valued employee. When you speak with an HR representative or your manager, be honest — and realistic — about your options.
-Change your work hours: If people you care for primarily need help in the mornings, perhaps you could work in the afternoons and evenings. Or if the people you care for mostly have medical appointments in the afternoon, perhaps you could work a split shift — mornings and evenings. You could also request a predictable hourly schedule.
-Consider telecommuting: Some call it "remote work" but telecommuting is an option that allows you to work from home or some other location, such as your loved ones' home or another office. Some employers offer full-time telecommuting jobs. Others allow some telecommuting time every week, or short-term telecommuting during an emergency or acute caregiving time.
-Look into taking a leave: Employers offer different options for taking time off. Be sure you understand your employer's policies. Do they offer time off specifically for caregiving? Many caregivers devote their vacation time to caregiving. Some employers allow employees to use sick time for caring for sick family members.
If you are a devote worker to your workplace, all you do is have to take the first step and ask what is available to you. It can let you have more time with your loved one, feel less stressed so make a plan today to get your life in balance.. what do you have to lose but more time to care for yourself so you can care for another!
This morning I remade my families energy popsicles.These not only taste good, bring your energy back, more nutritious then regular popsicle but they only took me five mins to make!
For all the busy families and caregivers out there this recipe is a winner.
For better time management all you need to do is buy the pre-made smoothie cartons, add your own fresh fruits or vegetables to it as it cuts down all the chopping time.
The favorite in our house is:
-strawberry smoothie mix with added fresh bananas
- peach smoothie mix with added kale
- blueberry smoothie mix with added fresh mint leaves.
Blend together, pour into popsicle container and freeze up to one hour
Caregiver Tip of The Day: There is much to be done, but take a moment, sit
with your loved one and hold there hand....within
these moments we can find an amazing connection.
Check out R.A.W. Caregiver Support Network's "New" $25 in home yoga classes- all levels are welcome. Spots filling up fast. Our professional Yoga instructor comes to you (home or office)! Get a group of 3 or more and its $15/person.
Classes are half hour in length focusing on strengthening your body, breathing away stress, calm the body & free rejuvenated.
Registration has started. Call today to book. Collingwood & surrounding area.
Our schedules are never the same. As caregivers we may wake up at 7AM or 10AM. Some of us wake up throughout the night to check on our loved one for various reasons; they need help rolling over, machines are ringing, bathroom breaks are needed, aches and pain need attention, etc.. We rise, exhausted from the night before, to our loved ones now needing medications and/or supplements upon opening their eyes.
Our fuel builds us up and we burn it all on someone else. When do we stop to give care to ourselves? Does guilt chime in taking a moment to enjoy peace?
With 24 hours in a day, are we really consumed so much by caregiving that giving self-care is unattainable?
Make little changes to self-care, like these:
-Go into a quiet room, even if it’s the bathroom, close your eyes and give yourself 10 minutes to just breathe
-Add some epsom salt and essential oil to your bath water
-Skin brushing – it gets the lymph nodes moving
-Treat yourself to a mani/pedi if you can steel away for an hour
-How about a 30 minute massage?
-Iced drink and a good book – even if it’s a few pages a day
-Eat a healthy meal
-Call a friend that you know will bring laughter to the conversation
-Write a few snail-mail letters
-Take a short walk
-Blow bubbles. I know… sounds weird right? We are all kids at heart.
Enjoy this Wednesday whatever it holds:)
Have you ever stared into the fridge and wondered what to eat as a snack? This yummy veggie dip will knock your socks off. All you have to do at the beginning of the week is pre-cut a go-to veggie, fruit and cheese tray (takes about a half hour and lasts up to 5 days in the fridge). Your family will enjoy snacking and feeling guilt free.
Beans are technically a mature form of legumes and are part of our bodies protein. They also provide fibre and important nutrients such as iron and zinc.
Caregiver Tip of The Day: When you feel like you can't go any further, just know that the strength
which carried you this far will take you the rest of the way!
Meditation releases stresses which accumulate in our body and mind. Allowing stresses to build up causes ailments in the body and fatigue in the mind. Daily practice of meditation prevents this build up and heals us at all levels.
When you meditate, your aura is calm and settled, it will affect others in the same way. A caregiver influences the extent to which a patient responds to the treatment and how he/she views the situation. A stressed caregiver will unsettle a patient; whereas a calmer, more peaceful caregiver will transmit that same energy.
Lift your spirits, clear your mind and find a small space to meditate today.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.