As those of us in the Sandwich Generation know well, the many issues of multigenerational caregiving can often keep us too busy to get out and about to do much for ourselves. Yet "caring for the caregiver" is an important way of keeping "caregiver stress" at bay. What to do? I have several ways of taking care of myself such as:
1. Taking a few minutes here and there to just enjoy browsing the internet – yes, sometimes I'm reading articles at other sites with great tips for taking care of elderly parents. "Busman's holiday," so to speak. But sometimes, I'm just having fun and enjoying the many creative minds I've come to enjoy "meeting" online at places like Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest (have you seen the adorable giraffe picture I found and pinned there? Isn't this adorable! My grandkids thought so too. 🙂
2. Listening to podcasts and verse by verse Bible studies on my iPod
3. Watching a favorite TV show like NCIS
4. "Attending" online holiday blog party fun like the many Valentine blog parties I shared with you last week, or the annual 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party with all their delightful blog party posts and prizes (I'll be letting you know when to expect the 2012 party), or the fun little seasonal "breaks" that Denise Brown at Caregiving.com loves to throw. And when I get to win a prize? It's a double treat – both the attending AND the having fun at the post office a few days later when I get to pick up a package like my first picture above.
And speaking of winning prizes, I just had to share with you the latest goodies that Denise and her wonderful "Secret Helper" put together and sent to me. It just so happened that my senior mom and a grandson were with me when we stopped at the post office and were quite excited to hurry home and open the box. Inside we discovered one of the grandkids' favorite movies that I haven't yet seen – perfect for sharing with them on a future visit.
There was a Walmart gift card for online or in-store shopping fun for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny, along with some tasty M&M's that my senior mom was quite happy to share with me.
And talk about your fun family memories – this Baby Boomer remembers well that oh-so-good-smelling, oh-so-tasty, and OH-SO-COOL-TO-POP JIFFY POPCORN. WOW! I can't wait til my grandkids are over for the evening to show off how fun it is when the popcorn pops and the foil goes up – up – up. Remember that stuff! It was ALWAYS my fave!
A hearty thank you to Denise Brown at Caregiving.com. And one for Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, as well, for the weekly pleasure of Pink Saturday – yet another fun way of "caring for the caregivers" for the Sandwich Generation. It's easy to squeeze in a few minutes between caregiving duties to enjoy the delightful eye candy and encouragement and blog party fun – and definitely fun to leave a quick comment, especially for those giveaways. Who knows, YOU might be the next caregiver opening a fun treasure box. Stay tuned for more blog party fun for all of us! 🙂
P.S. If you are also on Facebook, Google+, or Pinterest – do come say howdy! 🙂