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shade-tree-on-grassy-hill-posters-mdIn caregiving, you may wonder: When will I have a chance to catch my breath?

In essence, you’re looking for a bit of shade from the beating sun.

Because, in the shade, you won’t sweat. In the shade, you won’t burn. In the shade, you won’t overheat.

Your shade is whatever provides you relief. Maybe your shade is your music or your writing or your grandkids or a close circle of friends. Maybe your shade is your quiet corner of the house or a mystery novel or a walk with your dog.

Your shade also can be your secret spot–the place just for you and just about you. Visit your shade for five minutes on the hectic days and five hours on those days when you can. Because the shade is yours, you can go there whenever you need it and want it.

When the sun feels too hot, find your shade. In the shade, you’ll find what you need to keep going.

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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