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Wellness in 10: 10 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

1.      Identify personal barriers: Many times, attitudes and beliefs form personal barriers that stand in the way of caring for yourself. Not taking care of yourself may be a lifelong pattern, with taking care of others an easier option. However, as a family caregiver you must ask yourself, "What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill? If I die?" Breaking old patterns and overcoming obstacles is not an easy proposition, but it can be done—regardless of your age or situation. The first task in removing personal barriers to self-care is to identify what is in your way. 

2.      Set goalsSetting goals or deciding what you would like to accomplish in the next three to six months is an important tool for taking care of yourself. Examples may be to take a break from caregiving, get help with caregiving tasks like bathing and preparing meals, engage in activities that will make you feel more healthy.

3.      ExerciseMuch of your day is focused on the needs of your loved one; taking time to exercise can become a beneficial outlet for you. This personal time to get moving, whether it’s a casual walk or a gym class, can give you energy for the rest of the day. Your mind and body will thank you as you set aside this time each day.

4.      DietA healthy diet can give you the fuel needed to keep your immune system and energy up. When you prepare meals for your loved one, try making healthy meals for yourself at the same time. Eating healthy, combined with proper hydration, is another tip that can benefit both your mind and body. Recognize that the health of both you and the loved one you care for should be a priority.

5.      SleepEverything is harder when you’re tiredespecially caring for another person. If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, try creating a bedtime routine with a goal of going to bed at the same time each day. Not only will your body feel better, but you’ll also feel more capable and productive throughout the day.

6.      Manage stressMeditation and/or taking time to care for your mental health (such as reading, doing yoga, journaling, walking outside, etc.), can become tools that improve your health and happiness, says AARP. Add a peaceful activity to your morning or night routine that you can look forward to. While this requires taking a bit more personal time, it’s a great way to take a step back and appreciate the day.

7.      Mental HealthDepression and anxiety can severely impact your personal well-being and caregiving capabilities. If you’re worried you’re struggling with either of these, then it might be time to talk to a counselor. It may be a matter of changing your lifestyle, such as sleeping more, or needing to join a support group or set boundaries. Reach out to someone if you experience feelings of severe stress, hopelessness or self-loathing.

8.      Personal CareBetween scheduling doctor visits, monitoring medication, cooking and helping with physical therapy, caregiving requires a lot of assistance on your part. Remember to treat your own health with the same level of concern, including scheduling regular dental appointments, haircuts and annual check-ups. Maintaining these will help you have peace of mind for your own health and wellness.

9.      PamperEverybody needs a break sometimes. Pick a time once a week or so to treat yourself. What does this look like? It could be taking the afternoon off, going out to your favorite restaurant or getting a massage. These well-deserved pick-me-ups can help you relax and rejuvenate.

10.  Finances: Financial stress from taking time away from work to care for a loved one, or the cost of medical expenses is a source of stress for many caregivers. Seek help in reviewing your finances to see if you qualify for tax credits or assistance with medical care for your relative.

Tags:  Care Giving  March 2017  Self Care  Wellness In 10 

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Butter or Olive Oil? Eggs or No? New Nutritional Review Cuts Through the Myths

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Many people feel confused and frustrated by the seemingly endless contradictions on what a healthy diet contains. Should I cut out bread? Replace meals with fresh juice? Try coconut oil instead of butter? All of the changes in dietary advice over the years might seem like a reason to give up our faith that science will ever have the answer to the question of what to eat. This review from the Washington Post attempts to clarify some of the big questions and misconceptions that people have about nutrition today. Despite the media hype over coconut oil, South Beach diets or gluten-free, the review suggests that claims of weight-loss, improved heart health, and detoxification are not supported by the evidence we have today. What does this all mean? If we focus on the big picture, the science hasn’t actually changed that much. Unless you have a medical condition that warrants a special diet, the simple advice of Michael Pollan holds true, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants." And I would add, learn to listen mindfully to your body so it can guide you on what, when, and how much to eat.

Tags:  March 2017  Nutrition 

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Tax Benefits of Caring for an Aging Relative

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We often put the care of our loved ones ahead of our personal needs. This can not only impact our own physical and emotional wellness, but also our finances. Elder care situations can be complex and this article provides some guidance on how to determine if you qualify for tax benefits to assist with the care of dependent relatives. There are three general approaches to tax savings on elder care costs – declaring your elderly relative as a dependent to receive an exemption, taking medical deductions that can be itemized, and claiming a dependent care credit that can be subtracted directly from the taxes you owe. With some assistance, you may be able to reduce the financial stress that comes with caring for a relative and focus more of your attention on providing the love and support they need.

Tags:  Aging  Elder Care  Financial Wellness  March 2017 

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Meaningful Mindfulness: How It Could Help You Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stories of violence and hate fill our social media feeds and we may feel overwhelmed with fear, guilt, or inspiration to take action. What can the Dalai Lama, Lady Gaga, and mindfulness meditation teach us about how to end violence and create wellness in our communities? Simply put: create more kindness and compassion. Mindfulness is increasingly popular in the West as science uncovers the benefits of the practice that teaches us how to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. We often hear about mindfulness helping us to reduce our stress levels on an individual level, but a consistent mindfulness practice also generates feelings, attitudes, and actions of kindness and compassion. Imagine a community or a workplace in which every individual communicated and acted with kindness and compassion. How could violence or hate exist in such an environment? In this article by CNN, experts provide inspiring examples for how to include more mindful moments into your day.

Tags:  March 2017  Mindfulness 

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How To Tell If A Wellness Coach Is Qualified

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

You may have heard that a wellness coach can help you sustain lifestyle changes to reach your health and wellness goals. Your employer may provide coaching services in partnership with your health insurance or employee wellness program. Or, you may have seen a local entrepreneur offering coaching services in your community. But how to you know which to choose? Are they all the same? Which one is right for you? Wellness coaching is unregulated and coaches may have very different levels of training. However, many visionary leaders are striving to change this and working toward certification standards for wellness coaches. In the meantime, experts offer their advice on how to find a qualified coach in this Women’s Health article. Qualities of a good coach include working with your doctor, a drive to help you reach your own personalized goals, and an energizing approach.

Tags:  Coaching  March 2017  Wellness 

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