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Carers 12 Days of Christmas Special – Day 4

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved one is to make time and space for yourself. This has to be a conscious action that you take every day. It could be as simple as spending 10 minutes playing a fun computer game. If you don’t learn how to take a timeout, your frustration is going to boil over. You’ll be less productive and your relationship with your loved one will suffer.

  • Find a way to take a 10- or 15-minute walk a couple of times a day
  • Choose a space in the house that is your “quiet space” where you can go take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, read a book, pray, meditate, listen to music, sing,talk to a friend on the phone, write a journal or a blog or just rest quietly for a few minutes.
  • Schedule your timeouts. Choose a time when your loved one is typically sleeping, eating, watching a TV program or seems to be at their best during the day. They will get accustomed to your little timeouts after a while and stop resenting your privacy and interrupting you.
  • Insist on these moments in a gentle way and reward your loved one when you’ve refreshed yourself.
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