Caregiving is chaotic.

Luckily, we have the strength as a group to help each other stay in the eye of the storm and not be caught in it. Our mental resources, pooled together, are more than enough to give us all a bit of relief. We asked “What are some little things you do that bring you pleasure in the midst of chaos?”

You guys came back with some amazing responses. Below are the little pleasures you shared with us.

Find pleasure in the midst of chaos by:

    1. images depicting things you can do to relax, like knitting, painting, playing chess, writing, playing music, having a glass of wine,  listening to the radio, or recording a songWriting
    2. Listening to music
    3. Praying
    4. Hugging an animal
    5. Getting hugs and kisses from grandchildren
    6. Gardening
    7. Walking
    8. Riding a bike
    9. Painting your nails
    10. Making some home improvements
    11. Laughing
    12. Walking your dog
    13. Crocheting
    14. Playing mindless computer games
    15. Humming
    16. Hanging out with your children
    17. Exercising
    18. Getting a haircut
    19. Eating cupcakes
    20. Going for an early morning run
    21. Practicing jiu jitsu
    22. Having a glass of wine
    23. Experiencing the garden
    24. Breathing (deeply)
    25. Drinking tea
    26. Munching on dark chocolate (or any kind of chocolate!)
    27. Lighting candles
    28. Sipping caramel lattes
    29. Dipping fingers into paraffin wax
    30. Talking on the phone to friends
    31. Making yourself smile
    32. Going to NASCAR races
    33. Taking hot showers
    34. Sleeping
    35. Relaxing in bubble baths
    36. Reading
    37. Singing
    38. Turning up the music loud (and singing along!)
    39. Getting goofy
    40. Chatting with best friends
    41. Getting hugs and kisses (in general)

Amazing, right? Just imagining all of those lists items brings some relief!

About Alexandra Axel

Alexandra Axel was the first founding staff member at The Caregiver Space. As a New York native, Allie grew up people-watching and story-collecting, eventually pursuing her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey in sociology and creative writing. At The Caregiver Space, she worked with social media, graphic design, blogging, and program development to brand and grow an online community composed of, and focused on, caregivers. From the seedlings of an idea to the thriving community that it is today, Allie was there from the beginning to support the evolution of The Caregiver Space.

Allie enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, devouring books, biking, crafting, urban agriculture and imperfectly cooking. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her pup, Hen.

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