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Exercises for Caregivers/
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Take a look at how you are processing the
things you need to do. By getting your brain to
work a little differently, you may find that the
drain you’ve experienced with these tasks is
because you’re doing them the “same old way.”
Caregivers work long and hard to establish
productive ways that can accomplish what they need
to do for themselves and their loved ones. While set
patterns can improve efficiency, if done the same
way for too long, the patterns become a rut.
Examine where the “fat” is in your daily routine.
While not a patented form of brain exercise, it’s a
simple, inexpensive way to boost your brain. The
trick is to look at your routine from a different
perspective. You may find you save minutes in places
you didn’t expect.Or, while it may take longer to
accomplish something (like a loved one’s grooming),
a change in perspective may make the experience more
BUT IS IT GOOD FOR ME?
Mental exertion can be positive and invigorating.
We don’t often experience that as caregivers,
however. Some decisions that must be thought about
carefully often come at us from left field.
Repeatedly making decisions this way can wear us
down. At the day’s end, we may be both mentally and
physically exhausted, unable to decide between one
thing and another.