Entrepreneurs Who Are Also Family Caregivers Series – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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This article is the last in a series about successful entrepreneurs who are crushing it in their businesses but also managing the challenge of caring for a loved one.

Fresh Insight On Self-Care From The Entrepreneur Caregiver

          Ann Zuccardy

Caregiving experts—including me—are constantly encouraging busy working caregivers to practice better self-care.  Ann Zuccardy, a two-time Tedx Speaker, author and humorist has been a caregiver while growing her business.  Here’s what she has to say about self-care:

“I’ve learned that self-care is not selfish.  Self-care is about more than getting a pedicure or a massage – it’s about daily routines of meditation, prayer, physical movement, setting boundaries, creating unstructured quiet time for myself, and learning to say no more.  Increased self-care in this way leads to better physical health and stamina – which I need to be a good caregiver. “

Growing a business while caregiving is an enormous undertaking.  As Ann says, don’t make it about the occasional spa appointment—make it a daily intention.  What daily self-care strategy can you commit to today to keep your strength up for both caregiving and business?

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.