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Caregiver Tip for the Holidays: Focus on Most Important Thing

Especially during the holidays, caregivers must remind themselves of their dual-purpose at this time in their lives:

  1. To care for their loved one

  2. To care for themselves

Everything else must need to be prioritized. One thing is for sure.  You won’t have time to do all the things you used to do for the holidays, so pick and choose things that will add some joy to you and your loved one’s lives.  Accept that this year the holidays may be different, determine what holiday activities or memories are most important to you.  Do not over-commit yourself to holiday activities that you probably won’t be able to support.  Pick and choose wisely!

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This is so important for caregivers to remember. Sometimes we get so busy with the holidays and the pressure and stress, that we need to remind ourselves what is really most important. We just need to be there for our loved ones. If you have to let a few things go, so be it. It will not be the end of the world. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help!

So, what can you do to take the pressure off, but still have as nice of a holiday as possible for your loved one and yourself?  Read More→

THE GRATITUDE BOOK PROJECT: CELEBRATING 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE

Author & Ambassador BadgeAre you ready? It’s here! The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude.

I feel honored to be a part of this wonderful project. My fellow co-authors and I have been deeply touched by “The Gratitude Book Project”. And now it’s time to share with the world!

The book is now available on Amazon.com. The majority of the proceeds will go toward four very worthwhile charities: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to annimals, (ASPCA); FeedingAmerica, Make a Wish Foundation, and Women for Women, International.

One thing I love about the holidays is the happy, upbeat spirit of people. It seems like people are more pleasant, appreciative, more kind, caring and compassionate this time of year. How often have you thought, “If only people were so positive the rest of the year!” Well, do I have a deal for you! How would you like to hang out with people like that 365 days of the year? Well, you can! I’m a contributing Author for and Ambassador of, The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude. I’m pleased to say that I am keeping company with a group of Co-Authors who help give us all much to think about & be grateful for.”

Go ahead, check it out here. Grab a few copies as Christmas Gifts while you are there. I can’t think of anything better to give a friend or family member than a healthy dose of Gratitude. Your loved one will be grateful. I will be grateful, and four worthy charities will be grateful. What better way could there be to spread that humble attitude of gratitude? You and your loved one are sure to be touched!

Holiday Priorities

Are you meeting yourself coming and going? This is a very busy time of year for everyone. If you are a caregiver to a loved one with cancer, your life is always busy, even outside the holidays. Take a few moments to assess what you are spending your time on. Don’t try to be Superman or Superwoman. Pick and choose wisely. You need your rest, so you don’t get sick. You don’t want to stress your loved one over the holidays. Be realistic in your expectations of yourself. Focus on what’s important. Get some help, if necessary. Take a deep breath! Try to find some time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season–for you and for your loved one!