Q & A
Nurturing the Caregiver
“Twenty-five Easy Ways to Create and Maintain Your
Personal Well Being”
Dagmar Lemich, 2003, Written for NAMI Newsletter
To be the most
effective in our roles as caregivers, we must be able to retain
our own sense of calm and well being. Take some time for
yourself daily. Be sure to drink 8 or more glasses of good
quality water, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day.
The following are some ideas you may find helpful.
- During times of
conflict, take a short "bathroom break" to regain your
- Watch how you are
breathing, take several deep breaths, this helps you to
- Go for a walk, look at
the trees, flowers, birds and squirrels- really notice!
- Get some exercise,
swim, run, ride a bike, work out to an exercise video.
- Pet your favorite dog
or cat- this helps to lower your blood pressure!
- Call a supportive
friend or family member- have a friendly chat.
- Read some poetry, or a
new book, or listen to a book on tape.
- Do a crossword puzzle.
- Listen to music, or if
you play an instrument, play it!
- Buy some flowers or a
plant for indoors.
- If you have a garden,
get out and dig, plant something new.
- Spend some time
outdoors each day.
- Bake some bread- you
can take out your frustrations on the dough!
- Try a new recipe.
- Have a meal outdoors,
on your patio or deck
- Make an ordinary meal
special, use your prettiest dishes and place mats, or a
tablecloth stemware for your juice- it is much more festive.
You don't need to wait til you have " company. REMEMBER, YOU
ARE SPECIAL AND YOU DESERVE IT!
- Drive through a park
instead of the highway, your nerves will be less frazzled
when you arrive at your destination.
- Luxuriate in a bubble
bath, or shower with a great-smelling shower gel.
Try a new hair style.
Spend a few minutes each day to be thankful
for three things.
Learn something new.
Schedule a massage appointment. Massage can
positively affect your relationships with others.
Buy a bird bath, or bird feeder -place it
where you can observe your feathered visitors.
Dagmar Lemich is a
Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist working in Silver
Spring, MD. She has first hand knowledge of the special
challenges caregivers face each day. For further information,
call The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine (301) 565-2700.
Copyright 2003, May be
copied for personal use.