A woman thinks about some helpful resolutions for family caregivers in the new year.

“I’m going to clean the bathrooms more often.”

“I’m going to force myself to run three miles each day.”

“I’m going to eat more celery and less chocolate.”

Do your New Year’s resolutions feel more like punishment than positivity? If so, resolve to make 2024 the year you set some goals you will look forward to keeping! If you need a little inspiration to get started, consider the following:

The Best Resolutions for Family Caregivers in the New Year

  • Check your inner dialogue. Nip any self-directed words of negativity in the bud. If you realize you are silently berating yourself for losing your patience, stop and remind yourself that you’re a loving, selfless, and dedicated family caregiver for the person you love. Because of you, they are able to continue living at home and enjoy the best possible quality of life. Think about how you would encourage a friend in your shoes, and turn that encouragement inward.
  • Strive to discover the bright side. There are certainly challenges and difficulties with caring for an older loved one. However, there are also plenty of positives to focus on instead. Rather than fret about the bad weather that changed your plans, settle in to watch some home movies and reminisce over a cup of comforting cocoa.
  • Care for yourself. You spend a great deal of time caring for others. Set time aside each day to do something kind, just for you. This could be as simple as a bubble bath before bed, a quick run to a favorite coffee shop, or designated time each day to curl up under a cozy quilt and read.
  • Let go of what you can’t control. So much of the time we spend worrying is the result of things that are outside of our control. Give yourself permission to step back and remind yourself that you are human, and there will be situations you cannot resolve and problems you can’t fix.
  • Accept help. Let this be the year that you realize caring for someone you love is a job that is much more effective when shared. Let family and friends know that you would like some support, and allow them to step in to help with meals, housework, laundry, running errands—whatever would alleviate stress and allow you to attain a healthier life balance.

At Morning Glory Home Care, we’re here to help make these and any other New Year’s resolutions a reality! Our caregivers are fully trained and experienced in a multitude of care needs, and can partner with you to:

  • Provide transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and procedures or fun outings
  • Offer friendly companionship for an older family member, including engaging conversations, games, puzzles, hobbies, exercise, and much more
  • Plan and prepare healthy, delicious meals
  • Pick up groceries and run any other errands as needed
  • Help with laundry, light housekeeping, changing bed linens, etc.
  • And so much more

Email or call us any time at 618-667-8400 to request more information on our customized home care services, available in Belleville, Edwardsville, Granite City and the surrounding areas.

From the Morning Glory Home Care family to yours, Happy Holidays and all the very best in the new year!