Learning to Cope

I just want to quickly say that with four years of caregiving 24/7 to a Mom with Dementia, I have finally learned a way to cope a bit better.

If you are not taking any vitamin supplements, please look into it. I was burned out and so getting in bad shape myself. Losing sleep, gaining too much weight, stressed and depressed. Until I started on wonderful supplements, such as B Complex Stress Forumla.

Make sure you are getting enough vitamin B-6, as it helps with sleep. I take this to help fall asleep as well. All natural. I am taking Vitamin C and several other supplements. I also gave up smoking (going on 3 years) and recently gave up caffeine.

I do get a little in my weight loss supplement but it's not keeping me awake. I am making time for a 30 minute walk a day and now that I have more energy I can also have more patience.

It is not a bed of roses, but I am so much better. Mom is getting worse, but I am able to keep going for her. I should have mentioned prayer as my #1 answer, because that is what I did before I found all the good things to help me feel better and get distressed. Take a deep breath and get a new start...

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Keep Climbing!
by: Anonymous

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. I've done just what you have done. Accept the situation and make the best of it.

I take care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally in order to be there daily and maintain my health and sanity. It takes twice as much effort to maintain this condition as it would if I was happy-go-lucky somewhere else.

But who really lives that kind of life anyway?

Acceptance and a whole lot of prayer and talking to God has helped me not only stay afloat but learn and grow and apply these lessons to the rest of my life.

I'm not preaching religion, I'm talking about going deep inside yourself and pulling out the real you and find that inner strength that comes from the God within you.

I'm glad you have found your place. I feel I have found some footing also. I'm sure we are on plateaus and there is more climbing ahead but at least we haven't fallen off the mountain and we might even get the opportunity to reach that peak and take that deep breath and say "we did it!".

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