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Caregiver Care-Beauty

Posted by fasd101 on August 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (2)


Beauty.

Go get hair done, nails,

shower, etc...


Look on Groupon to see if they have any deals for

services to pamper you.


if  you feel good about how you look, it will make you

feel better overall.

Sometimes just getting dressed for the day can be difficult. But if you are able to get dressed from head to toe it will make you feel ready to tackle the day.  And as an added bonus, you wont have to worry about your father-in-law dropping by when you are still in your pajamas with no bra on.

Not like this has ever happened to me ;).


                                                                   



Relationships

Its so easy to let them go by the wayside when all your energy and emotions are tied up with just serviving the day with your FASDer. 

Don't let this happen. Try and make regular time to chat on the phone, send and e mail, hook up on Facebook.  Take opportunities to go to lunch with a friend. On occasion, my husband watches the kids on his day off work so that I can go spend the day with a friend. I am a very blessed woman.



Marriages

It can take a big hit when you have children with special needs. You have to be deliberate in your actions to spend time alone with your spouce.

I am thankful that my children sleep well and go to bed. My husband and I take the evenings for us.  In the past we have bought a special bottle of wine and cheese to share together. We eat our secret stash of ice cream and watch a movie. We spend time talking.

You could pack a picnic and go to the park with your spouce for time alone. Just be sure to keep that connection alive.



Think positive


Try and not be so negative towards yourself. A psychologist friend of mine says we have over 65,000 negative thought per day.  Check out this article on positive thinking.



Take time to laugh!

Rent a funny movie. Watch a comedy on TV. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at  your kids. Just insert as much humor into your life as you can. Laughing releases stress and hormones that give you a sense of well being.


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Caregiver Care - Health & Wellness

Posted by fasd101 on July 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Exercise

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it releases stress and endorfines


Walking, jogging, tennis, swimming, Zumba, snow boarding, climbing, or any form of  cardiovascular or aerobic exercise will not only give you wonderful health benefits, but can also reduce the stress hormone called cortisol and increase the release of endorophins, adrenalin, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals work together to produce a state of euphoria and a general state of well being. Another words, they make you feel good.

Yoga is also a good at recucing stress while improving the mood. It focuses on breathing and stretching and movement that realeses negative emotions in the body.

Physically active people recover from mild forms of depression more quickly and physical activity is strongly correlated with good mental health.

Even if you only exercise for a short period of time, your mood will be improved.  Just ten minutes of moderate exercise is enough to improve your mood, your vigour and also decrease fatigue.  However, to obtain all the benefits from exercise, not just the mood improving aspects, you should do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.

If you cannot get out and exercise or you don't have the money for a gym membership, you can search youtube.com for free exercises or buy Walk at Home DVDfrom Amazon.



Get Regular health care check ups! 

Stress can take its toll


Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

Which exams and screenings you need depends on your age, health and family history, and lifestyle choices such as what you eat, how active you are, and whether you smoke.


This is also a good time to discuss with your doctor any emotional issues you may be having (ie high amounts of daily stress, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, etc...) as you and your doctor together can find ways to best help YOU reach a balance.



Don't for get the dentist.

They play a vital role in your overall health.


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Caregiver Care - Mini Mental Vacation

Posted by fasd101 on June 30, 2013 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Take A Mini Mental Vacation:


You can take 2 minutes to as long as time allows.  When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed and need a break, try and get in a position you can concentrate for the time you have alotted yourself. I do this in the shower and also while at my computer while the boys are watching TV.


The key to really getting the benifits from this virtual vacation is to get all 5 of your sense involved.



Close your eyes and visualize a place you have been before or even a place you would like to be. I am going on a tropical vacation, but you could go to the mountains, the lake, a cabin in the snow, your bedroom, any place that makes you feel calm.

Sight:

I can see the beautiful green leaves, bright red and orange flowers, the ocean in the back ground and the sand at my feet. Try to capture every detail that you can think of. 




Sound:

I hear the birds chirping, the roar of the ocean, the russeling of the leaves in the light ocean breeze. Click to listen to the ocean.



Touch:

I can feel the warm sand and cool water on my feet, the cool wet drink in my hand, the pleasant breeze as it comes off the ocean.





Smell:

I can smell coconut suntan lotion, the salty ocean air and the sweet smell of flowers.

Taste:

My iced tea is refreshing and lightly sweet with a hint of fresh squeezed lemon.



Do this anytime, even several times a day. It can lower your blood pressure, stress level and reset your mood.


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Take some part of everyday for yourself

even if its only 5 minutes, 

No distractions

to think, sleep, read, eat lunch.

I try and get my boys involved in something, or  when they take a nap. 

That's when I take my lunch break.  Granted, my lunch is usually late, but at least its peaceful.


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