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Time to love on you.



It is time to love on you. I hope you all enjoyed your summer. Time is moving fast. At times, more than 24 hours is needed to do all you intend to do: twenty-four hours, 1,440 minutes daily. Now, ask yourself. How many minutes did you take to love yourself, take a deep breath, and exhale the stress, worries, and anxiety? One thing I have learned as a caregiver is to be receptive to unpredictable, uncertain, and uncontrolled circumstances. Caregivers function with a day-by-day thought process. You make plans and know that set plans are usually met with frequent adjustments. Taking time out for self-care can be rejuvenating. Take time out with supportive and non-judgmental friends who do not mind you venting about your caregiver’s journey. It is fun to laugh, play games, and act silly sometimes. Thank God for the friendships you have nurtured. I have learned to ask, “God to grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Take one day at a time and a day for yourself. Self-care is not selfish; self-care is necessary to keep your body and soul alive and well. Self-care is more than taking care of your body; it’s taking care of your mind, emotions, and every part of yourself. Taking time to nurture yourself is critical for your well-being. Taking care of others close to you is hard if you do not first care for yourself. Taking care of yourself is not a sign of weakness but that you have the inner strength to give your body what it needs to feel nourished, loved, and cared for. Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your most significant responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them. Our bodies are our garden to which our wills are gardeners. To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means you can tap into a blissful state of mind amidst the usual chaos of a hectic life. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it. Please join our monthly “Let’s Talk” 45-minute caregivers’ support group on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 7 p.m. Our host, Ms. Myers, Author, Funeral Director, and speaker, will be sharing her wealth of knowledge. from her recent book Embracing the Teardrops: Your Exclusive End of Life Planning Guide" Ms. Myers's book signing is on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 6 p.m., at Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road. Bx, NY 10469. You can also purchase her book before our September "Let's Talk" session and personally get your questions and concerns addressed. You can RSVP for September "Let's Talk" at www.comeoutreach.org

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