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Take Care of Yourself

You may find that learning to take care of yourself is difficult at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it becomes a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend your time.

Learning how to give yourself opportunities for respite when caring for a loved one can be stressful.  At first, you may contemplate the idea of trying something new.  You might even pursue renting or purchasing the necessary equipment and signing up for a lesson.  It’s getting your feet wet and keeping up with the idea, which is the true skill to master.

Making the decision to give yourself respite is important.  It is a decision that takes time and consideration.  Choose an activity from this list below.  These activities will remove you from your current surroundings for a while.  Enjoy yourself today and be sure you do it again. Remember, taking some time to take care of yourself will allow you to better care for your loved one.

  • Listen to your favorite music (...attend a concert, perhaps!)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Meditate
  • Gardening
  • Watch a movie
  • Visit a museum or art gallery
  • Share a meal with a friend
  • Go to the theater (...see a comedy)
  • Visit with close friends and family
  • Go to the park
  • Visit a day spa (this applies to men and women)
  • Take a walk (weather permitting, bundle up!)
  • Go shopping with a friend
  • Take a class (...something fun)
  • Browse through a favorite bookstore and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. 
  • Take a scenic drive
  • Go into a card store and read all of the funny cards.  Laugh!
  • Relax!

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