Daily Challenge Thursday May. 17, 2012
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.
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.
Reading a book and an all out pamper sesh.
I drink lots of water each day and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
I walk instead of taking the bus whenever, I can and drink water
stayed up later than others for MY quiet time / didn't answer the phone/texts i would get /play in my garden
I went to exercise classes twice a week and took morning walks three times a wk. We both worked with arts and crafts 2 afternoons. This was very relaxing and encouraging for both of us.
been cleaning for my grandma for a couple years now. it gets me out of the house and always good to visit with granny.
I spend an hour a day doing things that relax me, like reading a book or taking my dog for a walk with my mate and dogs.
I have at least an hour to myself everyday that I can breathe, relax and do what makes me happy
I have been better about taking a multivitamin daily. I gave advice to a fellow facebooker re: Vit D as I am more intuned to the needs of my body.
I plan to walk daily and be more conscience of what I need to do to become more healthy.
Annette P. replied May 24, 2012 at 1:07 UTC:
i work as a nanny, so i spend every day taking care of others. i LOVE my job, but i do take me time every day when i get home.. reading, cause i'm a nerd like that :)
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