In the free publication care ADvantage by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America [here is the link where you can read wellness information: http://www.afacareadvantage.org/issues/ca_winter12.pdf ], you can be inspired and enjoy the wonderful story about the caregiver Rita Loyd whose stunning artwork helps her find an outlet of managing her caregiver stress.
Another article "Go For It! Self-Care is Not Selfish" by Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN talks about her care-giving journey where she discovers "practicing" is the art of taking care of herself. She shares many ideas and tips that help her. Her words may further inspire or validate your next steps forward in self-care.
Eboni Green, Ph.D., RN has a thoughtful and practical "Take a Look at 'U'" model where you answer questions about your level of wellness. In her article "Caregiver Wellness: It's Up to 'U'" , Dr. Green defines the wellness levels. She expresses wellness as "a work in progress" and encourages readers to understand wellness as a changing process that needs re-evaluation.
Balancing care-giving is challenging. Taking your wellness to the next level is even more challenging! If care-giving is overwhelming right now, start slowly taking one small step towards your self-care. Try one idea suggested in the above articles that interests you and stick with it. After trying it for a while, ask yourself if you like it and find it benefits your wellness.
Caregivers are important.
You are important!
Every day when you do something good for yourself, you help maintain your ability to continue your care for others.
Cheers to your wellness!
Further helpful online resources: http://www.alzfdn.org/ and http://www.inspire.com/groups/alzheimers-foundation-of-america/
copyright 2012 Kim Kozina Evanoski, MPA, LMSW - Care Manage For All