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As a family caregiver, you are likely to be very focused on the health and well-being of the loved one you are caring for. While this is very important, it may cause you to ignore your own health and emotional needs. October is observed as Emotional Wellness Month to encourage all Americans to check in with themselves and think about their own emotional health. This is especially important for family caregivers who are under stress, feeling anxious, are depressed, or are feeling guilty. When these feelings go ignored, they can often become chronic and even harmful to health. Remember, a caregiver who makes sure that their own health and emotional needs are met, will be a better caregiver in the long run.
If you feel like your emotions are in need of nurturing, here are a few things you can try this month and all year long.
* Start a Journal
Do you have troublesome feelings and you aren’t sure how to manage them? Are you wondering if your sadness is just a phase or if you could be at risk for depression? If you have these questions and more, sometimes you can discover the answers through journaling. Try to take a quiet moment out of each day to write down your thoughts and feelings. Are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious? Did something special happen today? Is there something that you would like to remember about this day? These are all great things to write about in a journal. In addition, looking back at entries can help you to become aware of things that trigger your stress, anxiety, etc., and it may even reveal if your negative feeling are ongoing.
* Try a New Relaxation Technique
Making time to relax and relieve stress is important for all family caregivers. There are many options when it comes to relaxation techniques, so make it your goal to give at least one of them a try this month. You just may discover one that is effective for you and one that can become a habit in your life. Some great examples include mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, and visualization.
* Make Time for Exercise
Exercising regularly has been shown to have great effects on mental and emotional health. This month, try starting a new exercise routine that you can be consistent with such as taking 20 minute walks 3 times a week, attending a weekly group exercise class, or doing an exercise video twice a week while at home.