While it’s unclear who exactly established Self-Renewal Day on February 2nd, it’s an important self-care day. As a family caregiver, you put everyone else’s needs first and push your own self-care needs aside. This isn’t healthy.
Self-Renewal Day is about looking at your life, deciding what you want, and renewing your goals and life plans. It’s especially important when you’re busy caring for your mom, your children, and even a spouse or partner.
Start By Looking At Your Goals
You’ve spent years raising your children. You planned to return to work, but you couldn’t because your mom had a heart attack and needed someone to help around her home. While you like helping out, you also feel you’ve lost track of who you are in the process.
What do you want now? If you could do anything, what would it be? Create a list of things you’d love to try. As you do, note the ones that are most feasible and what aren’t possible due to finances.
For example, you’ve always wanted to travel, but you don’t have the money yet. Start setting aside a little money here and there to reach your goals. Sell items you own and never use. Meanwhile, move to something you can do.
You always wanted to take family recipes and turn them into a blog to share with family members. You can do that. Sites like Blogger and WordPress make it easy to establish a free blog.
Renewal Can Be More Than Goals
There’s more to self-renewal than finding new hobbies and interests. You can also renew your body. You’ve carried extra weight due to stress eating and poor dietary choices when you’re in a rush.
Start embracing a new diet. Recommendations will have around four or five cups of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. Start building meal plans that help you reach those goals.
Go for walks every day to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise. If you hate walking alone, you could volunteer to walk dogs in your community or get paid to do it by offering your services through community forums.
Ensure Your Mom Has the Support She Needs
Use home care assistance services to have the time you need to take care of yourself. You’ve always wanted to take courses in coding, so make that part of your self-renewal plan. You may want to write the book that’s been bouncing around in your head or learn how to bake.
Whatever appeals to you, arrange home care assistance to help your mom, and use your free time to explore the activities that invigorate you. Embrace a new you by putting your needs first and letting home care aides take care of the things your mom needs.
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