During a caregiving experience, we feel the intensity of risk. Doctors give us options for treatments; we weigh the risk to make the best decision we can. We do what we can to keep our carees safe at home, hoping to mitigate the risk for falls. We bite our tongue to silence any biting words because we don’t want to risk hurting our caree’s feelings.

All this risk management can leave us wondering, Where am I safe?

We’re safe when we remain realistic. When we see clearly the reality of our days, we can focus on finding solutions and receiving support.

We’re safe when we stay truthful. When we write the truth in our journal or share the truth in our support group, we can release the negative energy.

We’re safe when we set boundaries. When we protect our time, our heart and our priorities, we can find our balance.

We’re safe when we give ourselves a break to heal and receive. When we focus on ourselves, even for a few moments, we re-connect to our values, which helps us stay on purpose.

We can be safe even when we’re surrounded by risks. Throughout our day, we can take time to stay safe.

About Denise

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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