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STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,171)
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5/1/13 9:42 A

Hi TRYING2HARD

Firstly I want to send out a BIG virtual HUG.
You honor your mother by taking care of her during this stage in her life.

Secondly, do a Google search for caregivers and see if there are websites which can help you cope. Perhaps there are support groups in your area.

I think, once you don't feel so alone and find a support outlet with people going through the same experience; you can regain some control.

Good luck.



SANDYBREIT SparkPoints: (19,319)
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5/1/13 12:50 A

TRYING2HARD, you've taken a great first step by joining Spark People! Yes, it IS difficult when you feel as though you're being pulled in every different direction and things are totally beyond your control. First you need to accept that taking care of yourself is high on the priority list. You eventually won't be any good to anyone else if you don't do that. Second, you need to define what your goals are, and why you want to achieve them. And third, you need to make a plan that includes making changes to your lifestyle that are small enough that you can live with them -- don't try to change everything all at once, because you will just become frustrated and give up altogether. Get up a bit earlier so you have some "me time," schedule time to take a walk, eat a salad instead of a burger and fries. And come here for support, because there are people here that WILL understand what you are talking about and will give you encouragement when you need it and a little push to try a bit harder when you need THAT. In the end, the only thing you can really control is the choices that you make for yourself --

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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (128,626)
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4/30/13 11:28 P

Are you able to take a 10 minute walk during your lunch break?
Are you able to get up from your work-station and have more frequent 'bathroom' breaks .... or 1/2 fill you glass with water so you have to make more frequent water cooler stops.
Do you have a lift? If so, are you able to take the stairs in stead of the lift?
Are you able to park your car further from where you do normally, or get off the bus one stop sooner and walk the rest?

Is your mother mobile? If so, are you able to take her for little walks somewhere near-by? (would do her good, too!) If she isn't mobile, are you able to access a wheelchair and take her for a walk around the neighbourhood?

While you are watching TV, you could do some chair exercises.

Hopefully you are eating well, as in enough calories, AND good quality food with plenty of protein, and lots of fruit/veges in the mix, AND low on the sodium and processed foods, because they can impact on energy, too, which influences motivation.

Good luck,
Kris

TRYING2HARD SparkPoints: (119)
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4/30/13 10:45 P

I work all day and take care of my 87 year old mother every night and weekend. I feel like my life is spinning out of control. I feel like I have no life. My brain feels like mush most of the time and I have no motivation to exercise anymore. Any suggestions??? Thanks.

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