After Caregiving, Choose People who are Easy to be With

During the life transition of family caregiver recovery, if you have been isolated, gradually resume social and community activities. Start with people who are easy to love, or at least easy to be with. Source: Holistic Tips for Recovering After Family Caregiving, Gale Lyman, June 2019. Just because we love or like someone, does not …

After Caregiving is Over, Create a Comfort Zone for Yourself

During the life transition of family caregiver recovery, create a healing environment for yourself. Put away the medical equipment and supplies, and fill your space with who and what you love – perhaps plants, essential oils, or some new photos. Source: Holistic Tips for Recovering After Family Caregiving, Gale Lyman, June 2019. We must make …

Four challenges to recovering from family caregiving

Does this sound like your story? You have been taking care of your loved one. She may be experiencing dementia, heart disease, a traumatic accident, cancer, or a combination of chronic illness and decreased mobility related to aging. Most of your time, thoughts, and resources have focused on your her needs. Possibly you have given …

What Healthcare Doesn’t Know About Recovering After Family Caregiving

When my time as a family caregiver came to an end, I started searching for a solution in my favorite healthcare journals. Nothing. Expanding my search, I checked scholarly article search engines, Pub Med, and more. Very little. Becoming a bit desperate, I did a general internet search. There I found an abundance of blogs …

Substitute caregivers: respite when family caregivers need a break

Calm and centered caregiver series      Family caregivers, do you need someone to substitute for you? If you take care of a loved one who cannot care for themselves, ‘respite’ is the official name for help so you can take a break.  Even if you find caregiving to be a blessing, research indicates family …

Respite relief from compassion fatigue

Calm and centered caregiver series      Family caregivers, do you need a break? Your dedication to your loved one is amazing, and caregiving is rewarding. But perhaps you are feeling restless, irritable, oversensitive, anxious, angry, or resentful. Or are you experiencing headaches, digestive problems like diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, sleep disturbances, or even cardiac …