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Caregiving: Making the Most of Your Free Time

Release Date: September 20, 2023

Being a caregiver to a loved one can make it difficult to prioritize self-care, but it is important to try to maintain a balance in your life by making time to do things for yourself. Below are a few ideas to help you take a break or cross an item off your to do list.

  • Tend to your garden or get indoor plants
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Stretch to relieve tension
  • Find a support group
  • Call a friend
  • Read a book
  • Take a walk
  • Start journaling
  • Begin a new hobby

Taking a few minutes to focus and fully recharge is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and the loved one you care for.

Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Support

If you need additional eldercare assistance or resources, contact your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP can assist in providing resources and information on various caregiving topics. EAP support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or for help in contacting your EAP, send an email to your DHS Work-Life specialists at worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 09/20/2023
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