Daily Challenge Thursday May. 17, 2012

Emotional Health
Emotional Health

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Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.

Everyday Well-Being

Share 2 ways you take time (or took time in the past) to care for yourself when caring for others.

How to do it

Think about a person or animal you spend time caring for, such as a baby or small child, an older relative, an ill family member, or a very young or sick pet. (If you aren't doing any caregiving at the moment, think back to a time when you did.) How do you care for yourself as you take on the big responsibility for this person or pet? Perhaps you make time for a phone call with a friend, get some exercise each day, or watch a weekly TV show that always makes you laugh? Share two things that you do (or did) that are just for YOU.

Why it matters

Taking care of others can be a challenging job, especially if it's for an extended period. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and burned-out, which leads to exhaustion and feelings of unhappiness and resentment. Self care is a critical part of stress management when you're caring for someone else. By sharing how you stay healthy in body and mind, you may motivate another caregiver to take a much-needed break - and you may get some good ideas from others.

Fun fact

Talk about a lot of canine caregiving! The world's biggest litter on record was birthed in 2005 by a two-year old Neapolitan Mastiff named Tia, who delivered 24 puppies.

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