On the first of January, we each received the gift of 525,600 minutes—plus we get a bonus of 1,440 minutes because it's a leap year with an extra day, February 29. By the time you read this, more than 56,000 minutes will have passed this year, and we can't get them back. They're gone. Forever.
Where have you spent your time so far? This is a pivotal question posed in the article "Caregivers: Spend Your Time Wisely This Year" from the January 15 issue of US News & World Report. How will you spend your time for the rest of the year?
You have less than a half a million minutes left, so think of yourself as the sole heir to a half-million dollars. When you look at it like that, with each dollar representing a minute, you realize that each minute will disappear quickly unless you watch your “inheritance” and control how you spend it. By getting roped into spending your time on things that aren't beneficial, you're left with less time to do what you want.
Are you an at-home caregiver? Do you sometimes feel trapped with too little time for yourself? Many times, primary caregivers feel constrained by too little time to take better care of themselves. But taking even just a few minutes a day can significantly help improve your well-being!
Leverage your time and energy with periodic breaks from your duties and take advantage of adult-day care services, in-home care, or residential care. An experienced elder law attorney can help with many of the issues that face caregivers. He or she may have information about adult-day care services, caregiver support groups, in-home care, assisted living, and skilled-nursing care.
Caregivers face extra stress and deserve the gift of time and self-care. Treat yourself to a visit with an elder law attorney who can help you identify resources that will help you be a better caregiver by taking care of yourself as well.
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Reference: US News & World Report (January 15, 2016) "Caregivers: Spend Your Time Wisely This Year"