Perhaps the most important and fundamental support and coaching on our site is this section. It helps us to look at ourselves and to explore our own thinking and emotions. This section helps us to build the positive mindset that we need and deserve; to cope with feelings of guilt and premature grief. And once we understand how our minds work, it gives us a much clearer understanding of what happening in the mind of our loved one.
My Heart is all about managing our emotions and our mindset. It covers managing feelings of guilt and premature grief that we all feel at some point on our journey.
My Food provides some quick and easy tips for managing our diet (and that of our loved one) without taking up half of our day. Eating well helps us to feel great and cope with the challenges of the day.
Money is one of the greatest challenges that we face as carers – as if we didn’t have enough to worry about! These courses help us to make friends with money and to find simple and practical ways of generating a small but meaningful residual income.
My life is all about you, your day and your own memories. It’s so important that as carers, we don’t forget about ourselves. My life helps us to keep journals and records, to treasure those happy moments and to give us the peace of mind that we have a “plan B” for those unexpected eventualities.
Keeping fit is an essential part of being a carer. We don’t need to spend hours (that we don’t have) in the gym (that we can’t get to). Here you’ll find some great tips for quick exercises that you can do in your own home, garden or local park.
So often I hear carers talk of “friends” who just seem to disappear once we become a dementia carer. Sound familiar? It’s so important to nurture and develop our friendships – helping our friends to understand that it’s not as scary as it may seem to them. This section gives you some top tips for doing just that.
Making sure that our home is dementia friendly can save us a whole lot of grief. Who knew that that lovely patterned wallpaper would suddenly cause our loved-one real distress or that the smiling faces in the photo would suddenly be interpreted as people who are laughing at our loved one? If our loved-one is content, it makes our job a whole lot easier.
It’s always good to have a dream. That feeling that one day I’d really like to visit the seven wonders of the world, study the stars, learn to do knitting or wood carving or whatever. It’s so important to have a vision – a dream – for something special that we’d love to do when our caring days are over.