A Caregiver’s Guide to Telehealth: Benefits of Telehealth for Your Clients & Loved Ones – Part 1

By Roz Jones

Telehealth has grown almost sevenfold since COVID-19 began to spread. While virtual doctor visits and remote monitoring devices could make medical care more convenient and accessible for any patient, your clients or Loved Ones may have the most to gain.

In March 2020, Medicare temporarily expanded coverage of telehealth services for most beneficiaries for office visits, preventive health screenings, and mental health services. At least some of these provisions may become permanent thanks to proposed legislation.

Find out how telehealth can help you, as a Caregiver, assist your clients or Loved Ones to maintain their independence and take care of their mental and physical health. Study this quick guide for those who want to see a doctor without leaving home.

Benefits of Telehealth for Your Clients/Loved Ones:

  1. Enjoy more convenience. How far do you have to drive to the doctor’s office for your client/Loved One? With a virtual visit, you can forget about traffic and parking. Plus, if the doctor is busy, you can entertain yourself and your clientor Loved One at home instead of being stuck in the waiting room.
  2. Treat chronic conditions. Almost 80% of seniors have at least one chronic condition, according to the National Council on Aging. Telehealth is ideal for the ongoing care needed to manage the typical symptoms of diabetes, cancer, and other chronic issues.
  3. Access specialists. Depending on where your client or Loved One lives, they may be in for a long wait when a specialist is needed. Online care is more efficient, so it may speed up the process.
  4. Support caregivers. Telehealth is great for caregivers and can also assist you with daily needs. Monitoring devices can free up your time by performing some routine tasks, and counseling services can help reduce stress.
  5. Be proactive. Virtual care also empowers your clients or Loved Ones to play a greater role in staying healthy. For example, your client or Loved One has the ability to take their own blood pressure daily and upload the results.

Telehealth can help your client or Loved One to continue social distancing while receiving the medical care they need. Ask your client or Loved One’s doctor about which options are appropriate for them.

10 Tips for Stronger Mental Health – Part 1

By Roz Jones

To stay fit and healthy as a Caregiver, it’s important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. There are little things you can do each day that can contribute to your mental wellness.

Add these items to your daily routines and feel the difference:

  1. Get enough sleep. A lot happens in your brain while you sleep – for both your physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in your brain that manage moods and emotions. When you don’t get enough sleep, you may start to experience feelings of depression or anxiety.
    • Most adults thrive with 7-9 hours of good quality sleep each night. Experiment and see how many hours work best for you.
  1. Eat nutritiously. Good food is good for our bodies, plus it’s good for our mental health too! A deficiency in certain minerals, such as iron or vitamin B12, can negatively affect your mood during the day.
    • Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and healthy fats like avocados. Avoid processed foods with unnatural chemicals. A healthy diet helps both your body and mind feel good.
    • Limit caffeine, as this can increase feelings of anxiety.
  1. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs. These items can affect your mental health also.
    • Drinking too much alcohol can leave you with a thiamine deficiency, which can cause challenges with your memory, coordination, and confusion.
    • Withdrawal symptoms of smoking and drugs can lead to a host of issues. For example, you may feel irritable or anxious without having smoked, while withdrawal effects of drug use may include low moods and anxiety.
  1. Get some sunlight. Your body needs sunlight because it is a good source of vitamin D. This vitamin helps our brains release chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Chemicals that help improve our mood.
  1. Try to reduce stress. Stress can sometimes be unavoidable but learning what triggers it and how to cope with it is key for your mental health.
    • You can learn to better manage your worries by making a list or schedule of what needs to be done. Prioritize the most important items and do those first. When you get used to doing this each day, you’ll soon realize that your tasks are manageable, and you’ll feel less need to worry.
    • Once your important tasks are taken care of, find relaxation methods that work for you and let the stress of the day melt away.

Your mental health is important and, if not looked after, it can start to affect your physical health as well. Do the little things regularly that can help you to build stronger mental health. You’ll love the difference in the way you feel.

5 Ways Caregivers Can Use Technology to Protect Finances

By Roz Jones

If you’re a Caregiver, it’s important to stay aware of any actions that occur on your financial accounts. Technology can be a useful part of your plan to keep your money safe!

Use these strategies to take advantage of technology to protect your accounts:  

  1. Change your personal account passwords. If someone knows your passwords, it’s essential that you change them immediately.  
  1. Monitor accounts with online tools. Does your bank or other financial service offer apps and online tools to help you monitor accounts? These tools can send you automatic alerts about deposits, withdrawals, and other actions.
  • If someone makes a transaction that goes against your contract/client agreement, these tools will give you a record and help you keep track of it. You can use this information to inform your employer, lawyer, and judge.
  • These tools can also help you manage your own personal finances as well. Use them to keep a close watch on direct deposits, automatic withdrawals, and your balance.
  1. Monitor social media activity. In most cases, lawyers and judges are now using social media activity to make decisions about financial matters.  
  • Be careful about what you post on social media, particularly posts that have anything to do with money, your job, your clients, or any other personal information. Once you post something, it can always be copied and saved, so deleting it may not be enough to protect you. 
  1. Figure out how to handle joint accounts. Joint accounts are sometimes necessary for regular caregiving expenses including housekeeping and home care. It’s important for you and your client/Loved One to agree on how you’ll handle the joint account,  and how to use it during the duration of the contract/client agreement. For example, if your client needs immediate payment for medical care, you can use the joint account so you have immediate access to funds. 
  • For this joint account, you both may need online access to them.
  • Use the technology that your bank offers to monitor these joint accounts closely.
  1. Be aware of tracking software and tools available. For caregivers who are using joint accounts, it may be necessary to resort to using tracking software and tools. These tools can enable you and/or your client/Loved One to see and monitor financial activities. This includes financial activities that occur online or on your phone.
  • These technology tools can show up on your devices.
  • If you’re considering this option for your client or Loved One, it’s smart to consult your employer, or lawyer and check the local laws first. 
  • Be sure to keep track of all the software and programs you find on your devices. 

Being a Caregiver or being cared for can be a difficult time for both parties. It’s important to be proactive about protecting finances as you continue to provide care to your client or Loved One. Follow these tips and you’ll feel more secure about your finances!

3 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health While Working In The Home As A Caregiver

By Roz Jones

As we spring into May, Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re covering ways you can declutter and better your mental health as a Caregiver. We’re also providing you with methods on how to use your circle of technology to your Client or Loved One’s advantage.

If you’re feeling isolated working as a Caregiver, feeling mental fatigue, lack of support, or are overwhelmed from day to day, you may find yourself struggling with your mental health. 

This is understandable, as just seeing others can brighten your day. Very few want to be stuck in the home all day, let alone have to work in the home every day. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule.

Consider these ways to look after your mental health while working in the home as a caregiver.

1. Try to Get into a Routine

Yes, it can be a challenge and isolating working as a Caregiver in the home. Often, you may find your attention wandering, or you may find yourself missing Loved One’s and/or work colleagues.

A routine can help you focus on your tasks.

Use these strategies:

  • Have a space for work that is free of any distractions.
  • Set a routine to get up and get started, take regular breaks including lunch, and finish work at a reasonable time.
  • Avoid working in your pajamas.
  • Set clear tasks for the day and prioritize them. Do the most important tasks first.
  • When you finish working, clean up as you would in an office.
  • If you’re homeschooling your children, it may be a good idea to let your employer know. You’ll want to set up a routine of when you can work and when you can give your children the attention they need too.

2. Keeping In Touch With Loved Ones and/or Colleagues

To avoid feeling isolated while working as a Caregiver, keep in touch with your Loved Ones and/or colleagues, both in a formal fashion and a more social one.

Try these techniques:

  • Discuss with your Loved Ones and/or colleagues when it is best to contact you and try to remain available during these times.
  • Use video calling software for formal discussions.
  • Follow up any video calls with a quick note to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding actions that need to be taken moving forward if needed.
  • You can also use video calling for more informal chats or use other messenger services if it is more appropriate.
  • Check-in with your work colleagues at the end of the workday to receive updates. These updates might be work-related, or you might use this time for personal updates.

Try to keep your work and social life separate. When working from home, it is easy for your work and social life to merge.

Not all of your colleagues will appreciate you sharing everything with them, so respect their boundaries, just as you expect them to respect yours.

3. Use Any Support Available

Working as a Caregiver in the home can be challenging, so if there is support available, make the most of it:

  • Many employers will have support available for their employees, with dedicated apps and websites offering support.
  • If you are currently struggling with a physical or mental health condition, your employer may be able to make reasonable adjustments to your work schedule, offer additional support from managers or other colleagues, and provide equipment if needed.
  • Look at the self-care techniques you’ve used in the past that have worked for you. You will have to be flexible sometimes, especially if you are stuck in the home. For example, if you usually walk around to meditate, to relieve your stress, you could try finding a quiet space and begin deep breathing to clear your mind. 
  • Work with Roz Jones, an experienced Caregiver, who can provide fellow caregivers with support and further assist with planning.

Working as a Caregiver is not for everyone. Some people will thrive in this environment while others will struggle. Keep these tips in mind, especially if you’re struggling. They can help you remain a productive caregiver.

Why People Don’t Forgive

By Roz Jones

We’ve all been hurt by people we love and trust. Too often, we’re told to ‘forgive and forget.’

That’s easier said than done.

Things happen and it becomes more and more difficult to move on. This is either because of a certain pattern forcing us to stay stuck and not let go.

We gathered five reasons why people don’t forgive, and ways you can move forward. 

  1. They Don’t Know How to Forgive

Before we can forgive, we have to understand what forgiveness actually is. When you forgive someone, you don’t have to be okay with them as a person, nor do you have to sign off on what they did.

If you wait until you feel that way, you may never forgive the other party at all. What they did will always trigger negative emotions any time you recall.

The alternative is to look at forgiveness as a cancellation of debt. Forgiving someone is finally feeling like no one owes you anything.

You let them out of any obligation towards you, even an apology. It’s just taking a step towards freeing your heart from any responsibilities.

  1. They Find It Hard Letting Go of the Bitterness

If you’re feeling bitter and sad, it can be hard to forgive. You always feel stuck and powerless.

Plus, many times, it’s just easier to deal with the added benefits of having been wronged. We feel sorry for ourselves. Then, we talk and complain, and it makes people listen. That kind of attention can be addictive, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons. It makes us feel important and wanted.

Not only that, but not forgiving can also be because holding onto the bitterness is just simpler. Playing the victim becomes part of who we are. Soon, we lose sight of everything else, even the good things that make us interesting and fun.

One of our favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela is, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

In a nutshell, you’re much more than one bad situation. You’re a beautiful individual deserving of living a fully engaging life.

  1. They Attach Present Losses with the Past

Any time someone abuses our trust, it can trigger past pains. If left unchecked, it can cause a snowball effect of deep, intense emotions. The worst part is when it becomes a pattern that keeps repeating itself whenever we’re hurt.

Forgiving something like that can be extremely difficult. Many times it’s only because what we end up facing is too overwhelming and big, so much so that we don’t even know where to start.

The only way out is to stop recreating those patterns of pain. Let go of the past and separate yourself from the cycle of hurt. Once you do that, you can stop putting yourself in a position of having to forgive people over and over again.

  1. They’re Not Being Honest with Themselves

When we’re hurt, the quickest and safest reaction is to cover it up. Or at least not be honest about the real reason why we’re upset.

Maybe you’re mad at your sister for not calling you back. But you’re actually secretly furious that she said something snarky about the state of your marriage.

So, the first step is to be honest with yourself about what’s really making you angry. Then, letting go and forgiving becomes easier.

  1. They Don’t Want to Be Vulnerable

Feeling mad and angry makes us feel in control and tough. It even acts as an armor to keep the hurt away.

At the same time, not forgiving someone keeps you stuck. It forces you to keep replaying that painful situation in your mind. It leaves you feeling weak, vulnerable, and lacking in self-confidence.

However, there’s power in forgiveness. By letting go of the resentment and pain, you actually have more control than you think.

You no longer feel anxious or threatened every time you see them. As a result, you take away whatever control they have over you.

So, what does that mean? It means that forgiving takes strength and willpower. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The weak don’t forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

Monday April 4th we launched our first episode, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing issues that caregivers face on a daily basis, and check out my newly-published book!

9 Ways to Cut Prescription Costs, Part 2

By Roz Jones

For April, we’re covering spring cleaning – getting your ducks in a row in your physical home, as well as clearing your mental space by practicing forgiveness. We hope you’ll be ready to charge into May with a new spring in your step! 

This week, we’re continuing a two-part post on how you and your loved ones can save money on prescription costs. 

6. Find a new pharmacy. Pharmacies frequently offer gift cards as an incentive for transferring a prescription to their store. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you’re not going to pay a lot more for the prescription. Shop around and see what’s out there.

7. Get it online. There are many online pharmacies that tend to be significantly less expensive than local pharmacies. This makes sense, since they don’t have stores and all the related expenses that go along with them.

  • You may have heard about ordering from Canadian pharmacies, where prescriptions cost about 50% less. You should know that the FDA doesn’t approve of using this option, and it’s technically illegal to have pharmaceuticals shipped into the country.
  • The website www.legitscript.com can tell you if an online pharmacy meets the legal requirements of US law.

8. Ask for free samples. Pharmaceutical sales reps often provide free samples to physicians. In fact, some physicians refuse to talk to reps unless they provide free samples. It never hurts to ask.

9. Apply for free medications. Medications are frequently made available to those of lower income. You can find low-cost and no-cost prescriptions at www.needymeds.org. If you don’t have insurance, you’re likely to get at least some relief.

There are many options available to reduce your prescription expense. 

In many cases, prescriptions can be obtained for a greatly reduced cost compared to what you might be paying now. There is even the possibility of getting your meds for free if you can prove financial need. 

If you’re having a financial challenge with your meds, there are solutions. Use the above tips to lower your costs and keep more money in your bank account.


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5 Reasons To Forgive Someone Who Has Wronged You

By Roz Jones

For April, we’re covering spring cleaning – getting your ducks in a row in your physical home, as well as clearing your mental space by practicing forgiveness. We hope you’ll be ready to charge into May with a new spring in your step! 

At some point in time, someone will wrong you. It might be big or it might be small. The likelihood of having your feathers ruffled is upped by close quarters and lots of time together, which can make the caregiver/patient relationship sticky. 

Whenever the offense happens, I can almost guarantee that you will have a choice to make. Will you choose to forgive them and move on with your life, or will you hold that grudge and those ugly emotions? 

Here are five reasons why you should choose to forgive the person who wrongs you.

1. It Helps Your Health

When you forgive someone, you are helping your own health. If you decide to not forgive someone, you end up harboring emotions like anger, frustration, disappointment, and more. They become constant stress on your heart and body but flare up when you think about that person or interact with them. This is not healthy for you. 

It is reasonable to hold this resentment for them for a little bit, but at some point, the best thing you can do is to let it go and move on with your life. It’s better for you to forgive. 

2. Take the High Road

Forgiving is the high road. It is the more morally correct path. By forgiving, you are being a better person and showing others in your life (and yourself!) that you can take the better route and be successful. 

You don’t want to become the person who holds every slight against them close to their heart and never forgives. That is a toxic attitude and one that will not be good for anyone involved. Take the higher road and be the better person. Forgive them. 

3. Everyone Makes Mistakes

They made a mistake. It might have been a giant one, but they still messed up. Something that everyone does. You mess up and I mess up. We all have failed and let people down in one way or another at some point in our lives. 

Forgiving someone who makes a mistake does not mean that you are forgetting about the mistake or that you are willing to let them do it again. It just means that you won’t carry it on your heart. 

4. Forgiving Helps You Move On

It is hard to move on from something if you don’t forgive. Forgiving is moving on. If you never stop blaming Jerry for eating your meatloaf, then you will never be able to move on from it. If you don’t forgive him, every time you see Jerry you will probably become angry because he ate your food. 

Maybe every time you see meatloaf you will be reminded of that time. You cannot move on from something if you don’t first forgive. Forgiveness allows for peace. Forgiveness helps take you from the past to enjoy your present. It is a calm to the chaos so that you can move on.

5. Inner Peace and Healing

Forgiving allows for healing. Perhaps healing for both parties, but most importantly it helps you find peace. At its root forgiveness is not about the other person especially when the transgression is egregious. What they did might have been awful, but when you forgive you do it for you.

You might feel like you benefit the least because you were the person harmed initially. This might be true, but you will not benefit at all by not forgiving. 

6. Forgiving Others Helps You Forgive Yourself

When you forgive others, it becomes easier to forgive yourself. Grace is contagious. Often when we identify and realize how resentment, anger, and grudges affect us when they are about other people, we can also see how those emotions affect us when they are about things we find difficult to forgive ourselves for. When you forgive other people, it becomes much easier to forgive yourself.


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

Monday April 4th we launched our first episode, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing issues that caregivers face on a daily basis, and check out my newly-published book!

9 Ways to Cut Prescription Costs, Part 1

By Roz Jones

For April, we’re covering spring cleaning – getting your ducks in a row in your physical home, as well as clearing your mental space by practicing forgiveness. We hope you’ll be ready to charge into May with a new spring in your step! 

Everything related to medical care is expensive. 

Medical expenses are responsible for well over 60% of the bankruptcy filings in the United States. Prescriptions can be a significant expense with some pharmaceuticals can cost over $1,000 a week! 

If you don’t have comprehensive insurance, paying for your medications or the medications of a loved one can be a real challenge.

Use these strategies to reduce your prescription costs:

  1. Ask for the generic version. Anytime your doctor writes a prescription, ask if there is a generic equivalent. Generics can be much less expensive and some pharmacies will fill many generic prescriptions for $4! Most of us can afford $4.
  2. Ask for price matching. Sometimes your pharmacy will match the price at another pharmacy, even if that other pharmacy does business strictly via mail order. Pharmacies are competitive, just like any other business. It never hurts to ask.
  3. Get a phone app. There are phone apps that will compare the cost of your prescription at multiple pharmacies in your area. There are several, just do a search and find one that works for you.
  4. Split the pills. Many medications cost about the same, regardless of dosage. So you might be able to buy the prescription at double strength and split the tablets with a pill splitter. You just saved 50% on the cost of your medication.
  5. Cut coupons. There are also coupons for many medications. Check the magazines in your doctor’s waiting room. You can also look at these websites: www.internetdrugcoupons.com, www.optimizerx.com, and www.goodrx.com.

Check back in with us next Monday for part two!


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

Monday April 4th we launched our first episode, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing issues that caregivers face on a daily basis, and check out my newly-published book!

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard To Forgive

By Roz Jones

This is part of our April series for caregivers on spring cleaning – both physical and mental. Forgiveness or a lack thereof can make up a big part of our lives, so we wanted to make sure we addressed it. 

Anything that betrays your trust and love in a person is hard to get over. More so, because the person who probably did that to you was someone close to you. You allowed them to come close and they caught you off guard.

Now, you’re left there with all those terrible memories. You’re hurt, you’re angry, and you’ve vowed to never, ever forgive them!

But the problem is not forgiving them isn’t going to teach them a lesson. It’s not going to rake them over the coals for what they did to you. Nor will it bring you justice or set things right once again. All it’s going to do is keep amassing your bitterness and anger. Pretty soon, it’ll be all you have left.

Nevertheless, forgiveness can’t be done overnight. It’s a process that takes time and a lot of effort. Here are five reasons why it’s so hard to forgive.

  1. You Can’t Open Up About Your True Feelings

Opening up means being vulnerable and exposing raw wounds. So, what’s the alternative? Just stay quiet. Staying hushed up and keeping your emotions bottled up is many people’s go-to reaction.

The problem is that when you don’t open up about your feelings, you make it extremely hard to forgive whoever wronged you. You feel like you’ve been backed into a corner with no way out.

Because when you’re not talking about emotions, they don’t just go away! They’ll never disappear into thin air.

To get closure, you need to get a trusted buddy you can confide in. You can also seek therapy or counseling where you’ll get the support and help you need.

  1. You Can’t Control Your Anger

This is the opposite of the first reason. If you feel you’re not able to forgive because you lack anger management, you’re not alone.

A lot of people are gripped by blinding anger. That makes forgiveness a hard thing to come by or accept. Then you allow anger and rage to take over, the only thing you want is revenge. 

The problem with anger is that it distracts you from the real problems. It clouds your judgment and makes forgiving practically impossible.

  1. You Don’t Want The Person To Get Off The Hook

Many times our grudges are meant to be a sort of punishment for the person who hurt us. It gives us the illusion of power and control over our feelings.

However, that punishment is rarely ever effective. The other person may not even be aware of your grudge, or even that they offended you in the first place. They’re just living their life, while you’re left with the heavy burden.

One of the hardest things about forgiveness is acknowledging that it’s not about the person at all! When you forgive someone, it’s about how you can finally move on with your life. 

Forgiving doesn’t exonerate them and it doesn’t get them off the hook for what they did. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can take the first step towards healing.

  1. You Don’t Want To Risk Disappointment Again

Perhaps you’re afraid that if you forgive, you’ll be vulnerable. No one wants to get hurt or disappointed a second time, even if it’s at the hands of a different person.

According to expert psychologists, this is a well-known defense mechanism. It’s aimed at keeping safe from future disappointments. Before you can learn to forgive, you have to realize that life is messy. It has its ups and downs with its fair share of happy days and not-so-happy days.

  1. You Feel Misunderstood

How can you forgive if you feel you haven’t been heard? If you feel misunderstood, it’s often easier to justify holding on to your grudges and resentment.

You keep fencing yourself in more and more. The higher those walls go up, the angrier and more bitter you become. It’s a vicious cycle that goes on and on. And still, you don’t see any other way out. Letting go of what happened becomes harder and harder. And as long as you feel the need for them to hear you out, you’ll never be able to let go. After all, they didn’t treat you right, so why should you forgive them? 

But, by holding onto all that rage and hurt, the only person you’re hurting is you. 

Isn’t it time you started showing yourself the kindness and compassion you deserve? It all starts with forgiveness.


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

We launched our first episode on April 4th, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing issues that caregivers face on a daily basis, and check out my upcoming book!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Workspace

By Roz Jones

For April, we’re covering spring cleaning – getting your ducks in a row in your physical home, as well as clearing your mental space by practicing forgiveness. We hope you’ll be ready to charge into May with a new spring in your step! 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an office job or if you work from home, keeping an organized desk and workspace is very important in order to work efficiently. It’s not always easy to pay attention to cleaning and organization when you’re worried about important deadlines along with the responsibilities of caring for your loved ones, which is why your space can quickly turn into a mess.

During spring cleaning time, take a day or two to concentrate on your workspace. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re able to find everything you need quickly and efficiently!

Consider some of the following cleaning tips for your workspace:

  1. File away your paperwork. Paperwork can get out of hand fast. Spend some time sorting through your paperwork. File important papers away, and shred any personal documents that you won’t need anymore. 
  1. Clean your work surfaces. Since you’ll be able to finally see the bottom of your desk, you need to take advantage of the opportunity to clean the surfaces underneath the old clutter. Also take time to clean all of your desk items such as staplers, pens, and paper trays.
  1. Make your business contacts digital. Start a list of all your business contacts somewhere on your computer, such as your address book in your email. Keep track of their business name, photos, phone number, mailing address, and email addresses. This way you can toss out their old business cards that may be piling up on your desk. 
  1. Deal with old reminder notes. If you have post-it notes all around the office, sift through them and throw out the ones that no longer apply. Reorganize them by priority, or make digital files to keep track of them. Post-its can get disorganized fast, so if you have something on a post-it that’s a long-term project, it’s better to keep your notes on your computer. 
  1. Deal with digital clutter. Cleaning your workspace doesn’t apply only to your physical workspace. Is anything cluttering up your computer’s hard drive? How about your desktop? Go through your e-mail inbox and delete those you don’t need or file them away. 
  1. Organize your supplies. Gather your work supplies into one area of your desk. Keep them in that space or a specific drawer. This will give them a permanent place so they’re not left out and scattered around your desk at all times. 
  1. Clean the areas around the room. Vacuum the room around your desk and wash the windows, baseboards, and more. It’s probably not an area that you often think about, which is why it’s likely due for a cleaning. 
  1. Make a future cleaning schedule. If spring cleaning for your workspace was a burden on you, it probably means that you let things get out of hand this year. You can prevent it from happening again by doing periodic cleaning of your workspace. 

Once you have an organizational system in place, you can spend maybe 30 minutes per week keeping everything clean and organized. 

It’s always a good idea to keep your workspace nice and clean. It helps you be more efficient, productive, and less stressed. Plus, a clean office environment is more inviting to you, your clients, and anyone you work with.


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

We’re launching our first episode last week on April 4th, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information issues that come up in the daily life of a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

5 Reasons to Forgive Yourself

By Roz Jones

In life, there will probably come a time when you fail and disappoint yourself. Maybe you set a goal to graduate this semester, but now you need to add one more. Perhaps you promised yourself that you would master the art of caregiving, but work keeps you too busy to keep yourself organized. 

There could be countless times when you find yourself upset, frustrated, or disappointed in yourself. When this happens, the next step to moving on is forgiving yourself. Here are five reasons that you should forgive yourself.

  1. Everyone Makes Mistakes

You are not the only person to get into an accident, tell a lie, yell at someone, or turn on the wrong burner. Everyone makes mistakes. Thankfully for you, you will not make every mistake possible, but you won’t come out clean either. 

We are human and this work is messy. It is impossible to not make mistakes. That doesn’t mean that you should stop trying to keep yourself from making mistakes. It just means that you should forgive yourself and move on. Someone else has done what you have and you should find comfort in that. You now need to move on and forgive yourself. It was a mistake that you can learn from and move on from.

  1. Trouble Trusting Yourself

If something happens and you are having a hard time forgiving yourself, that is going to carry over into other parts of your life. You might create trust problems with yourself. Because you already messed up one way, who’s to say that you won’t mess up in another? 

But that’s not a good way to think about yourself. There are going to be a lot of people in this world who think poorly of you or talk down to you. Don’t join them. It is okay to admit that you made a mistake and work to fix it. But then let it go, let yourself off the hook so that you can believe in yourself once more.

  1. Health Problems

By not forgiving yourself, you could cause health problems. Being at peace allows your body to feel good. When there is chaos within, that can cause a lot of strain on your heart and your mind. This amount of stress is not healthy to carry around. You do not need to hold on to all that baggage. All it does is destroy you, mentally, physically and emotionally. You do not need to hold on to that, forgive yourself and  set it aside.

  1. Future Success

If you don’t forgive yourself, you are going to have a harder time succeeding in the future. Either you’ll be too stressed about making a mistake that you won’t do anything at all or you will live too cautiously because you are afraid of messing up. 

Neither of these options are good ways to live. By forgiving yourself, you can move past the failure and be able to work towards future successes without that fear and stress.

  1. You Deserve It

You deserve to be happy. You deserve to enjoy your life. You deserve to not hold a mistake over your own head forever. Forgive yourself because you deserve it. Yes, you made a mistake and let yourself down, we all do that. It is a part of life. You fell down. 

After you have enough time to sit on the ground, pick yourself back up again. You deserve to continue climbing and moving forward. 

Falling down doesn’t change that. You deserve to be forgiven by the person whose opinion matters the most: yours. That doesn’t mean that you forget about the mistake or don’t learn from it. It means that you care about yourself enough to move on.


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

Monday April 4th we launched our first episode, and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing issues that caregivers face on a daily basis, and check out my upcoming book!

Seven Ways to Get Your House in Shape During Spring Cleaning

By Roz Jones

For April, we’re covering spring cleaning – getting your ducks in a row in your physical home, as well as clearing your mental space by practicing forgiveness. We hope you’ll be ready to charge into May with a new spring in your step! 

It’s always a good idea to stay organized throughout the year (as a caregiver this can be particularly crucial!), but things don’t always go according to plan. During springtime, it’s popular to use the opportunity to whip your house into shape.

It can be a tough job since there may be things you’ve been putting off all year long. But in the end, it’ll be worth it because you’ll have a great sense of accomplishment and your house will be looking its best.

Try some of the following ways to get your home into shape during spring cleaning:

  1. Do the deep cleaning. Deep cleaning is clearly not something you can make a part of your everyday cleaning routine. During spring cleaning, however, you can take the opportunity to get down and dirty.
  1. Vacuuming. During spring cleaning, take that extra step to vacuum everything. During regular cleaning, you likely do a quick job in a matter of minutes. However, with spring cleaning, it’s good to take time for the details, crevasses, and under the couch.
  1. Time to use the ladder. Spring cleaning is also an opportunity to get to all those hard to reach places. Include ceiling fans, the tops of doors, and light fixtures. Do this dusting first so you can vacuum up the fallen dust later with the regular vacuuming. 
  1. Wash all surfaces. Take the time to wash every surface you can. There may be certain things that you don’t think need cleaning, but you really never know where dust has settled throughout the year. Grab a cloth and clean your walls, cabinets, and more. 
  1. Organization. Pay special attention to organization. If you’ve already been using an organization plan, you’ll only need to reorganize things that may have fallen out of place (check your “junk drawer” and clear it out!). If you don’t have organizational methods in place, perhaps it’s time to adopt some.
  1. Sift through the clutter. Find the cluttered spots in your house and deal with those items. If you need them in the house, then find them a permanent home that’s out of the way. 
  1. Get your family involved. So much more can be accomplished when it’s a group effort. Have children take responsibility for their rooms. Then, divide up the other cleaning projects among every member of the family. 

Remember to reward yourselves at the end of the day for a job well done! Perhaps you can throw a pizza party for the family!

Remember that getting your house into shape doesn’t need to be too difficult on you; just take everything one step at a time, do what you can, and it’ll all get done.


EXCITING NEWS!!

I am excited and thrilled to share with you my new adventure, “The Caregiver Café Podcast”. This podcast tackles and highlights the daily situations caregivers face with their aging loved ones. We also empower you to navigate the care and challenges of your loved one with relevant topics and through the voices of your peers and their life experiences.

We’re launching our first episode today (April 4th), and you can learn all about it at this link. 

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information issues that come up in the daily life of a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Stand Out Amongst Other Women Entrepreneurs

By Roz Jones

As more and more of the female population decides to start a business, it gets harder to stand out amongst other women entrepreneurs – particularly if you have a full home life that involves caring for loved ones. However, it can be done. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Utilize Social Media

Social media can be used for so much more than keeping in touch with loved ones. Create pages for both yourself and your business on multiple social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.). Then, share content that shows off the things that you have to offer. 

Be sure to highlight ways that you are different from your competition. For example, if you’re the only daycare service in your town that also provides transportation, be sure to bring that up in your posts. 

Keep Your Promises

Clients and customers alike will notice when you deliver on every aspect of a promise that you make to them. Make sure that you finish everything that you start, and that you get it done in a timely manner. People remember that you were true to your word, and keep that in mind when deciding who to do business with in the future.

Go the Extra Mile

Doing more than is expected of you when working with clients or customers is a sure way to set yourself and your business apart from competitors in your field. If you can offer an extra feature or service that your competitors don’t, that’s an excellent point to make when trying to “sell” yourself to potential customers. 

Give Out Free Samples

People tend to get pretty excited about the idea of getting something for free. Consider investing in promotional objects like pens, mouse pads, t-shirts, or fridge magnets. It may not seem like much, but gifts like this with your logo on them can go a long way toward setting yourself apart from your peers. 

Listen to Feedback

Even if you are successful when you launch your business, you won’t be able to keep up with the changing landscape if you aren’t able to adapt as a business owner. Take every opportunity that you can to collect feedback from customers and other businesses that you work with. 

One way to do this is to provide customers with a satisfaction survey, either in person or via email. Make sure to include a section that lets the customer fill in suggestions on how you could improve your service. Not only will this give you an idea of how you can do better, it also lets your customers know that their opinion matters to you.

These are just a few ways to help to ensure that you stand out among the sea of female entrepreneurs. Yes, competition is fierce. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. With perseverance and due diligence, chances are you’ll realize continued growth along your well-deserved journey to success.


Congratulations, you want to start a business! Once you get over the initial excitement, it’s time to break down the process of launching your startup into manageable chunks. So do you feel overwhelmed with the items on your to-do list? Not to worry; I’ve divided this startup Essential Business Bundle Checklists into the primary tasks you need to do now, and those that you can defer until later. These documents will help you navigate, structure, and create systems specific to our business.

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Find Balance When Juggling a Business and a Family

By Roz Jones

Building and operating a business can be challenging, especially if you’re also in charge of your home and the care of your loved ones. After a busy morning of getting everyone else ready for their day, you may not feel as ready to get to work. 

Likewise, after a long day at work, all of the tasks you have to do to keep your house in order probably seem overwhelming. Here’s a little bit of advice on how to juggle a busy life at home and at work. 

Let Go of Stress

Taking care of problems both at work and at home can lead to feeling stressed or overworked, which can make it difficult to work effectively or enjoy time with your family. It may help to get a little bit of “alone time” between work and your family – whether it’s before you go to work or just after you get home. 

For example, you might try leaving for work early and listening to your favorite music in the office, or go for a jog right when you get home. This will give you a chance to unwind and clear your head from the stresses of working or taking care of the household.

Find Quality Caregivers

You may have a hard time staying focused at work if you’re concerned about the care that your loved ones are getting while you’re not around. Make sure that you find caregivers that you trust completely, and that you feel are competent to be there for your loved ones while you’re away.

If you’ll be hiring help for caregiving, make a list of all of the criteria that you think are essential in a caregiver. If they’re missing anything on that list, they may not be the right caregiving provider for you.

Stay Organized

Being disorganized or planning activities at the last minute can have a negative impact on your mood and your work efficiency. Try to keep your home and work area clean and well-organized so that you don’t have to sort through clutter to get things done. 

At home, this could be as simple as establishing a place to keep everything that you use regularly. You won’t have to worry about finding your keys if you put them in the same place every time you come home. 

Bring the Two Together

Last but not least, preventing your home life from interfering with your professional life often means keeping the two separate whenever possible. Instead, find ways to combine the two however you can. 

For example, rather than withdrawing to a home office while you try to get business-related work done at home, get your kids and your partner involved. Even if they don’t have any advice to provide when it comes to maintaining your business, talking to them about what’s happening at work will give you a chance to vent.


Congratulations, you want to start a business! Once you get over the initial excitement, it’s time to break down the process of launching your startup into manageable chunks. So do you feel overwhelmed with the items on your to-do list? Not to worry; I’ve divided this startup Essential Business Bundle Checklists into the primary tasks you need to do now, and those that you can defer until later. These documents will help you navigate, structure, and create systems specific to our business.

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Make Time to Keep Learning: Tips for Women

By Roz Jones

Being a lifelong learner is an important way to enrich your daily life. But how can women, particularly caretakers, make time for continuing their education? Today, we’re bringing you four ways you can make learning a priority outside the classroom – on your timeline.

1. First and foremost, take advantage of online resources. The internet is teeming with free or low-cost learning opportunities. You can find an online course on almost any topic, from cooking to web development to financial planning. And many of these courses are self-paced, so you can learn at your own speed and on your own schedule.

2. Find a podcast in an area you’re curious about, and listen to it during your commute, when you’re picking up kids from school, or while doing tasks around the house.  Not only will this help you learn something new, but you can do it while multitasking. Keep an eye out for the Caregiver Cafe podcast, coming in April!

3. Check out your local library for books, magazines, newspapers, and other resources on topics that interest you. James Clear (author of Atomic Habits) says it’s a good idea to link new habits to old ones, and eliminate decision-making in the moment. Want to read before bed? Clear advises people to put the book on their pillow, and commit to reading one page before switching out the light.

Libraries also offer free or low-cost classes on everything from computer literacy to creative writing.

4. Finally, don’t forget your local museums! Even if you live in a small town with    a museum that’s open one day a month, this can be a great way to learn more about the place where you live, and hear stories you’ve never heard before.

Remember, it’s fine to learn just to encourage your curiosity. Not everything has to have a “productive” output. If it expands the way you see the world, it’s worth doing!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis – Part 3

By Roz Jones

Welcome back to our three-part article on how to avoid analysis paralysis for women! Today, we’re covering a more fun part of the topic: Spontaneous decisions.

But first…catch up on part 1 here and part 2 here.

Are Spontaneous Decisions Always Bad?

Some people spend too much time trying to find as much information as they can, and they miss opportunities because of it. Information is a key component in decision making. However, sometimes you simply have to decide and live with the decision you made without any information.

You don’t want others to view you as someone who makes rash decisions. You’ll lose credibility when you do this and people won’t take you seriously. However, you must prepare yourself for certain times in your life when being decisive is necessary. For instance, you may be helping a loved one consider next steps for physical therapy, and realize their first choice for PT offices is already booked up. You are given other choices but are unsure of how that will fit into your family’s overall plan. Do you enroll in those alternative programs, or wait for their first choice?

Your loved one may decide to go for the PT most readily available. If it’s a similar program at a similar price, this may end up working right into your plan. Talk to your GP and ask how to proceed after taking this new path. Of course, you could always reroute and seek treatment elsewhere if this new office isn’t a fit.

The point is that if a decision doesn’t work out, the “wrong” results can usually be fixed. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. The shoe company Nike has a slogan that has worked for them for several decades now. That slogan is ‘Just Do It!

A structured living doesn’t fit well with some people. They need the excitement that comes with making spontaneous decisions. Who is to say that their way is wrong? It may not work for others, but for them, it works quite well. You may know people who are like this and are envious of them.

That isn’t the same scenario as people who don’t do much with their lives. Spontaneous decision makers are often doing many activities. You can decide to do nothing, but doing nothing won’t get you very far. Unless you are lucky enough to come from money and your parents are willing to give you that money, you will need to find something to do.

Most people will find a balance of decisions they make based on information and spontaneous decisions. The process of decision making becomes easier the more you do it. So go out and practice! Make confident decisions – I’m rooting for you!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

 How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis for Women, Part 2

By Roz Jones

Welcome back to our three-part article on how to avoid analysis paralysis for women! Today, we’re covering one way to deal with too much information: Decision Trees

Read part 1 here!

Decision Trees Can Help You Make Decisions

Decision trees are tools used by people to help them make confident decisions. It helps them lay out several alternatives in a tree-like format. They can see most, if not all, the decisions available and can even set a pro/con rating on each choice.

The concept of a decision tree is an extension of a mind map. A mind map lets you create ideas and connections to those ideas. The decision tree is much like this concept except for a decision tree there is a score added to the branches of the tree. These scores often represent probabilities. 

If you have three choices, you may assign two branches with 40% probabilities, and the third branch would receive a 20% probability. The total of the branches should add up to 100%. Remember, this is your decision tree, so you are free to use whatever allocations you like if any. If your system makes sense to you, then it is correct.

Decision trees don’t have to be intricate to be useful. You can use them to list out the alternatives for a decision and end your efforts there. You can also choose to update the percentage of completion for the path that you select. Again, there are no right answers when using a decision tree for your purposes.

Decision trees will have a certain amount of subjectivity associated with them. In most cases, coming up with probabilities is quite subjective. It’s only through experience that you’ll be able to refine the probabilities. If the project you are working on is a one-time deal, you won’t get the benefit of refining those probabilities and will have to start over with a new set of subjective probabilities on the next project. However, some branches may carry over to the new project, and you’ll have a better feel for what to assign to those.

Come back in a couple of days for Part 3!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis

By Roz Jones

Data bombards you. We have more data than we ever did due to the Internet. It’s great to slice the data every which way you can think of and create nice-looking reports that impress your colleagues and friends. 

However, when it comes to decision making, you have to get to the point of making the decision. You’ll need to stop your data gathering and analysis and use what information you have  to decide.

For many women, particularly women in a caregiving role, it may be difficult to make a decision because of overwhelm. With so much to do on a daily basis, how can we get all the information we could possibly need? 

Some people will spend hours sifting through data, and none of them will get them any further in coming to a decision. They believe they need to see ten year’s worth of data instead of five. 

Data is an important component in the decision-making process. It can let you know who your customers are, how much you can afford to put down on a house, or possible locations for your wedding. Information is also important to make confident decisions. Without the information, you could be shooting in the dark, and that is as bad as having too much information (probably wors). 

To help you overcome the situation known as “analysis paralysis”, speak to your boss, family, or the people who are going to be impacted by the data and your decisions. 

Don’t be a hero when it comes to analysis. You may be tempted to show off your research skills with more data than you really needed. But, if it isn’t within the scope of your decision, save it for future analysis. 

In a few days, we’ll talk about one specific way you can deal with too much information, not enough decision making. Make sure you check back in!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Modern Rules for Staying Home Without Gaining Weight

By Roz Jones

You may have heard jokes about the quarantine fifteen – for many adults, spending more time at home is making them gain weight. According to a WebMD poll, almost 50% of women and 25% of men said they’ve put on pounds due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are several reasons for this: Gyms are closed. Emotional eating is a convenient way to deal with boredom and anxiety. Plus, your refrigerator now remains within easy reach throughout the day and night. 

The unusual circumstances everyone else has faced with the pandemic are the everyday reality for many caregivers. It can be difficult to make it to the gym when you’re responsible for someone’s full-time care, a responsibility which (although rewarding) can lead to a buildup of stress. 

Learn how to keep off the weight gain brought on by spending many hours at home. The key for keeping off weight gain is to eat healthy, stay active, and manage stress, even when you’re stuck at home.

Eating Healthy

  1. Plan your menu. Create new routines that encourage a balanced diet for both you and your loved ones. Figure out what you’re going to eat for a day or a week in advance. Planning may also help you cut down on trips to the supermarket.
  2. Choose whole foods. It’s easier to resist junk food when you fill up on nutritious meals and snacks. Get most of your calories from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
  3. Drink water. Thirst can make you feel hungry. Cravings may disappear after you sip some water or herbal tea.
  4. Limit alcohol. COVID-19 has also caused an increase in alcohol consumption. Schedule liquor-free days each week to cut down on empty calories and other unwelcome side effects. When you drink, choose wine or a Bloody Mary instead of mixed drinks like a pina colada with more than 400 calories.
  5. Seek support. Invite family and friends to join you in eating healthier. Share updates on social media, so you’ll feel more accountable.

Staying Active

  1. Exercise outdoors. Go outside to work out. Maintain a safe distance from others while you run through the park or ride your bike.
  2. Create a home gym. You can exercise at home even with limited space and funds. Try yoga, or buy a jump rope and resistance bands.
  3. Go online. Do you miss group fitness classes? Your favorite instructors may be streaming their sessions. Contact local fitness centers or browse online to see what’s available.
  4. Take active breaks. The hours can fly by when you’re working on a computer or streaming videos. Offset your sedentary habits by taking regular exercise breaks. Do a few push-ups or stretch your legs.
  5. Move more. Daily tasks count too. Burn calories and tone your muscles doing lunges while you vacuum. Work in your garden or clean out your attic.

Managing Stress

  1. Sleep well. Your body and mind are more resilient when you’re well rested. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Aim for a dark, quiet room to sleep in.
  2. Meditate daily. Even a few minutes of seated meditation can help you to live more mindfully. Sit down in a peaceful place, scan your body and soften up any tight spots. Observe your thoughts without making judgements.
     
  3. Breathe deeply. If meditation makes you uncomfortable, maybe you’d prefer simple breathing exercises. Try alternate nostril breathing to fight anxiety. Use your thumb to close off one side of your nose at a time and inhale deeply. Repeat three times on each side.
  4. Listen to music. Symphonies and pop songs can help you deal with strong emotions. Create a playlist to lift your spirits or calm your fears.
  5. Try counseling. If daily stress is interfering with your diet and wellbeing, consider seeking professional help. Many counselors are using teletherapy to talk with patients online, so you can stay safe while you receive help.

You can manage your weight while you spend more time at home. Healthy eating and other lifestyle habits will strengthen your immune system and enhance the quality of your life.


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

What Women Need to Know About Starting a Business

By Roz Jones

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman, but the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

– Melinda Gates

Starting a business can be an exciting yet challenging journey. People start businesses for different reasons – to solve challenges, to challenge themselves, or to build financial freedom. Many women (including caregivers) need a way to make income from their own homes. 

The number of new women-owned businesses is growing twice as fast as their male counterparts, according to the Kauffman Foundation. But what challenges do women face when starting a business? 

In short: One of the biggest challenges that a woman will face is herself. 

Studies by the United States Small Business Administration show that 21% of women are less optimistic when it comes to sales growth and business performance. Similar studies have found that women in business doubt their decisions more often and are more likely to criticize themselves.

Women are also less likely to ask for financing over the lifespan of their business. And when they do ask for business financing, they ask for about $35,000 less than men.

Yet research also shows that women entrepreneurs in the US rank their happiness three times higher than women who are not business owners.

So female entrepreneurs are more likely to doubt their own decisions in business – but the women who do enter business are more likely to be 3 times happier.

Are you thinking about starting a business? Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Trust your intuition. As we have established, women are more likely to doubt themselves. Learn to move past your self-doubt and trust your intuition.
  • Accept that self-doubt and self-criticism are natural reactions when starting a business.
  • Why are you doubting yourself? What stories are you telling yourself that lead to these doubts? Are those stories facts or feelings?
  1. Strengthen your money mindset. Women have a harder time asking for money than men. To reach your fullest potential as a female business owner, strengthen your relationship with money.
  • What stories do you tell yourself about money?
  • Do you have trouble receiving money, asking for money, or raising your prices? Why?
  • How do you feel about investing in your business? What feelings do you have about paying yourself from your business regularly?
  1. Find a support network. Just because you are starting a business does not mean that you have to push forward alone. When starting a business, there will be bridges you have to cross and moments you will want to celebrate.
  • Join or start your own mastermind.
  • Become an active member of a business community.
  • Ask a fellow female entrepreneur out for coffee.
  • Attend business conferences or events.
  1. Be persistent. Unexpected issues and challenges will be thrown your way as you start a business.
  • Be ready to show up even through difficult times and tough challenges. If you find yourself wanting to give up, there is an underlying reason at the root of that. Learn how to show up even when you want to quit.
  • Challenge yourself not to take “no” for an answer.
  1. Features tell, benefits sell. One of the most important lessons in business is understanding that people buy benefits, not products.
  • How will your business impact someone else’s life?
  • What value do others receive as a result of your business?
  • What transformation will your product or service bring into someone’s life?

Starting a business can be a fulfilling process where you challenge your current beliefs and grow. What’s most important is to not let self-doubt or self-criticism get in the way of getting started.

You don’t have to start a million-dollar business overnight. Start with a commitment to show up each day.


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Have Better Conversations with Strangers

By Roz Jones

Talking to someone you don’t know can be scary. If you are a full-time caregiver, interacting with new people outside of your loved ones may be an unusual event. There are a lot of unknowns. Whether you’re approaching someone at a networking event, meeting a friend of a friend you’ve never met, or speaking to a stranger on the elevator, here are some tips:

Be brave and just do it, even though it’s uncomfortable. The other person is probably as nervous as you are. They will most likely like you more than you think – and you’ll enjoy it more than you think! Don’t be afraid to talk to someone who is different from you as well. It can be an enlightening experience for you both.

Don’t be afraid to skip to the questions that will make your conversation partner think. You can skip the stock questions like “what do you do?” or “where do you live?” Start with a statement if that feels more comfortable. Be authentic in your reply, question, or statement.

Be curious and ask questions. Ask about their clothing, why they decided to come to the event or any other conversation starter. Questions can kick off the conversation and keep one going.

Give them a compliment. This shifts the focus off of you and makes them feel good. We tend to be in our heads overthinking what we’re doing wrong or what we might do wrong. Focusing the attention on the other person helps you get past that.


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How to Talk to Your Kids About Tough Topics

By Roz Jones

You might find it uncomfortable talking about some subjects with your kids. It might be because of your own background, your cultural or religious values. As a caregiver, one challenge may be even finding the time to sit down to have the conversation. Even though it’s difficult, it’s important to talk about the tough topics that affect our kids. It’s a good idea to identify the topics that might confuse, scare, or overwhelm your child.

Here are some tips for addressing the sticky topics with your kids:

  • If something sad happens within your family, like an illness, a death, or a divorce, try to be the one to talk to them about it first. Set aside time with your child where you can both be comfortable, and choose a safe environment where you can talk to them about it.
  • Keep your answers simple and appropriate for their age. Children under six aren’t necessarily going to understand or be patient while you give them a long, drawn out explanation.
  • Be honest and talk as truthfully as you can about the topic.
  • Come back to the topic. It will take time for your child to understand. Let them know they are welcome to come back and ask you questions about the topic at any time.
  • If the topic is one that is bothering them, be open and ask open-ended questions to help them describe how they feel or what they think.
  • Listen to your child. Make eye contact and get as close to their level as you can. 
  • Above all, remain calm even if the topic is sad or difficult for you personally. It’s also okay to have feelings and let your child know how you feel.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Budget-Friendly Ways to Eat Healthy

By Roz Jones

Finding healthy ways to feed your loved ones can often be challenging because it’s not always the most affordable option, and can make nutrition feel overwhelming for a caregiver. However, with just a little creativity, it’s very possible to find healthy, budget-friendly food choices so your loved ones and your wallet can reap the benefits!

Tips That Can Instantly Save You Money!

Consider the following tips that are sure to cater to your wallet and your palate:

  1. Eat out less often. Limiting eating out has two wonderful benefits:
  • In one instance, your expenditure on food will be significantly less because eating at a restaurant is often pricier than you might realize.
  • In the second instance, eating out doesn’t allow you to control the ingredients in your meals. Even if you order something that sounds healthy, there’s a strong likelihood that the overall meal won’t be healthy enough for your liking.
  1. Grow your own veggies and herbs. You’d be surprised at how much savings accrue if you grow your own vegetables and herbs at home. Even if you have a small home with very minimal outdoor space, it’s still possible to have your own garden in pots.

Fresh herbs and vegetables are tasty and healthy, yet quite expensive if you buy the organic versions at the grocery store. By growing your own, you’ll know that they’re organic, picked at the peak of perfection and nutrition, and you’ll save money as well.

Cooking Techniques That Are Affordable and Healthy

Try these healthy cooking ideas for a change of pace and more change in your pocket:

  1. Go grilled, not fried. If you have kids in your household, then there’s a great chance that they will want kid friendly meals like fish fingers or chicken nuggets. While those items may not necessarily be very expensive in the supermarket, they’re not as nutritious as their grilled counterparts.

It’s easy to avoid the unhealthy way of preparing these things for your kids by grilling or oven-cooking their favorites.

  1. Use homemade condiments. A great alternative to unhealthy store-bought condiments is to make your own relishes and sauces at home. The added benefit is that they’ll be much less expensive than the grocery store variety. 
  1. Make your own juices. You’d be surprised at how much sugar or artificial sweetener is contained within many of those “zero sugar” juices on the market. Why not save yourself the extra dollars and your family the extra calories by making juices yourself? Fruits are relatively affordable – especially if you buy them locally and in season – so buying your own and making your own juices is a healthier and more affordable option.

Many people end up choosing the more expensive and less healthy eating options for their loved ones simply because they assume healthy eating is more expensive. While it can be more expensive in certain instances, a little creativity and imagination can definitely allow you to have a healthier option on a budget.

So now is the time to put your thinking cap on and find smarter ways to eat with healthier and money-saving outcomes! Your limited pocket doesn’t have to equate to limited nutrition; find creative ways to make “1+1” equal healthy and affordable alternatives!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Journal Prompts to Heal a Broken Heart

By Roz Jones

Grieving the end of a relationship can be painful for both parties.

When we mourn the end of a relationship, it’s normal to miss your ex and the way you felt in that relationship. In healing from the pain that comes after a breakup, we need to accept, let go, and move forward. One way of accomplishing that is by journaling.

Journaling helps get your thoughts and feelings onto paper. Physically writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand what’s going on in your mind, and help you learn more about what you want in life. This may be a crucial self-care practice for caregivers, who often focus much of their energy caring for the wants and needs of others. 

Understand How Journaling Can Change Your Life

Journaling about what is most meaningful to you can change your daily mood and your life. When you journal, you can write down positive thoughts, clarify personal goals, and keep track of your success.

Sometimes it can be difficult to start journaling. Journal prompts help you explore a stream of consciousness and guide you with questions to process how you’re feeling.

Use these questions to help yourself heal a broken heart:

  1. What things do I miss from the relationship? What can I do to give myself those things I miss? 

There are things we miss from relationships, like our ex’s company. What can you do to replace what you miss? For example, if you miss having company, maybe you can invite a friend or family member out to dinner.

  1. What love story have I been telling myself that no longer serves me? How would I like to change that story? 

Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that you need a partner to be happy. What stories about love have you believed? Are they still serving you?

  1. What parts of myself do I want to change? 

Are there any parts of yourself you want to leave behind? Maybe you lost your independence in the relationship, or you might notice that you are impatient.

  1. In what ways can I show up for myself when no one else can? 

What do you need right now? What can you do to show up for yourself? Maybe it’s going on a walk, taking a bath, or cooking your favorite meal.

  1. Describe your ideal day. 

What does your ideal day look like? What time do you wake up? What do you do after you wake up? What kind of activities fill your day? What can you do to create more ideal days in your life?

  1. List five things you feel grateful for. 

Study after study shows that grateful people are more likely to take care of themselves and make healthier choices. To increase gratitude in your daily life, journal about 1-3 things you are grateful for each day.

7. How did I grow from the relationship? How can I grow from this breakup? 

Focusing on how you can grow gets you out of the victim mentality. Instead of staying within the victim mentality of feeling resentful, you can shift your focus onto what you can control instead.

Above all, remember that healing the pain takes time. Heartbreak is never easy. 

However, journaling can help you create compassion, joy, and confidence. 

Start with one journal prompt. This will help you explore your feelings, discover the root of your pain, and start moving on.

For more on journaling and its benefits for caregivers, check out my video here!


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

The Surprising Connection Between Sleep and Heart Health

By Roz Jones

Diet and exercise may be the first things that come to mind when you think about taking care of your heart. However, what you do overnight counts too. 

Sleep deficiencies can contribute to many heart conditions, and heart troubles can make it difficult to sleep.

Experts have been aware of a link between sleep apnea and high blood pressure for many years. Now, ongoing research is discovering similar interactions related to insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Learn more about how you can use sleep to keep your heart healthy. 

Understanding How Sleep Affects Your Heart

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one third of adults get less than the minimum recommendation of seven hours of sleep each night, adding to their risk for heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

What does that mean for you?

Consider these factors:

  1. Count your hours. Lack of sleep can disrupt your hormones and cause calcium buildup and other changes in your arteries. On the other hand, excessive sleep of more than nine hours is associated with higher health risks too. Most adults need to aim for seven to eight hours nightly.
  2. Watch your blood pressure. Your heart slows down, and your blood pressure drops while you sleep. This nocturnal dipping gives your body a chance to heal from daily stress. Without this time off, you’re more vulnerable to hypertension and other issues.
  3. Manage diabetes. Elevated blood sugar can harm your blood vessels. Sleep helps to stabilize blood glucose, lowering your risk for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
  4. Lose weight. Do you crave fattening foods after a restless night? Studies show that lack of sleep may throw your hunger hormones out of balance, and make you want to overeat. Excess pounds increase inflammation and strain your heart, especially if they settle down around your midsection.
  5. Reduce sleep apnea. If you snore and feel tired during the day, you may have sleep apnea. This disorder causes you to stop breathing intermittently while you’re asleep, putting you at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. Ask your doctor about CPAP therapy and other options.
     
  6. Minimize disruptions. Even if you go to bed early, frequent interruptions can keep you from enjoying the four essential stages of sleep. The deeper stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep are especially beneficial for your heart. In addition, continuous sleep keeps your heart rate from spiking each time you wake up.
  1. Learn to relax. It’s natural to feel anxious sometimes, especially in these chaotic times. Relaxation practices can help you to cope and enjoy more restful sleep. Take part each day in activities that help you relax.

Almost 80% of heart disease and stroke are preventable, according to the American Heart Association. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.

Sufficient sleep and other heart healthy habits can lower your risk for many serious medical conditions. Talk with your doctor, so you can figure out which factors are most important for helping you to lead a longer and more active life.


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

I Heal My Heart with Hope

By Roz Jones

I believe in the old adage, “Hope springs eternal.” I know I can heal my heart with hope.

Just as the sun comes up each morning, I have faith in the healing power of hope.

I trust that the sun will come up each day. I trust that hope heals all things.

I have decided to avoid hopelessness. I choose to be hopeful, instead.

I am full of hope!

I know I am safe. I am grateful to be here. I am grateful to have my feet planted firmly on the ground, and my head floating in the clouds of hope.

I see the squirrels chasing each other around the tree trunk. That gives me hope. I feel happiness well up inside of me.

I abide in hope for a positive future.

I know that everything is okay. I feel it in my bones. I look out the window and see the perfection of all that is, and know that I can be just fine too.

I see the grass as it continues to grow, and it gives me hope. I see the leaves start to change, and I know that I can stay hopeful through all the changes that occur in life.

I stay in a place of hope that all is well.

Today, I feel my heart swell with hope. I feel optimism coursing through my veins. I feel a smile expand across my face. I am in a positive place of hopefulness and it is good.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What can I do today that will increase my hope?
  2. Who can I call that will bring me additional hope?
  3. Where can I go out in nature to harvest more hope?


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

5 Benefits of Having Better Conversations

By Roz Jones

Most of us spend time every day surrounded by friends, colleagues, strangers and loved ones. Whether it’s on our daily commute, sitting in the park, at home, at work, or visiting the supermarket, we see plenty of people. 

Yet many of us – particularly caregivers – have a self-imposed feeling of isolation. We might say a quick “hello”, but don’t bother to have a better conversation than that.

It could be because we’re simply consumed by our own thoughts, but it could also be because we believe reaching out to a stranger will make us both feel uncomfortable, or maybe that the other person is too busy to talk.

These beliefs are unfounded. Research suggests that having regular conversations with others has positive impacts on the lives of both conversation partners. Here are five of my favorite positive developments that come from having better, deeper conversations:

  1. Having a conversation with a stranger may leave you feeling happier. Connecting with others won’t suddenly turn a life of misery into bliss, but it can change an unpleasant moment (like waiting in line, or spending time at the doctor’s office) into something more pleasant.
  1. When you have better, more meaningful conversations with others, you often learn things you didn’t know about. As you ask questions and listen, you pick up on little nuggets of information that help you understand and grow, as a person and even as a caregiver.
  1. Having conversations keeps you from feeling isolated and depressed. It can also help to relieve stress. By simply opening up to your loved ones when you are having a stressful day, you will feel more relaxed. Connecting with others regularly builds a sense of belonging we all crave.
  1. You can develop self-confidence by having meaningful conversations. When someone takes the time to listen to you, it shows you that you are valuable. Surprisingly, even conversations that make you a little uncomfortable can also boost your confidence!
  1. Better conversations can help repair relationships. When you don’t communicate your needs, hurts, wants, desires with the ones you love, it festers and grows and can become irreparable. Taking the time to have a heart-felt open conversation puts you on the path to healing and understanding one another.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Smile

By Roz Jones

This month, we’re discussing how you can have better conversations by utilizing different social skills, or “tools”. As a caregiver, your chance for having deep conversations can be more limited than the average person – and I want to help you make the most of the opportunities you have for connection and deeper conversations, whether that’s with your loved ones, or with a stranger in a doctor’s office. 

Let’s talk about one simple gesture that is important in every conversation and encounter you have: Smiling. 

Don’t underestimate the power of smiling. A warm smile is your best friend when it comes to starting a conversation. It’s the most important non-verbal cue you can give someone.

Marianne LaFrance, a Yale University psychology professor writes in her book Lip Service that a smile creates a subconscious emotional current in people who see it.

Smiles can be interpreted in a variety of ways such as friendly, mischievous, or as flirtatious. But the most preferred smile is the classic “Duchenne” smile. Named after the researcher who described it, the Duchenne smile involves moving the major muscle that pulls the corners of the mouth up in combination with the muscles that circle the eyes. 

This more genuine-feeling smile stimulates the reward centers in the brains of people who see it. When you smile this way, people see you as friendly, intelligent, kind, sincere, attractive, and likable – which is a great way to start off in a conversation. 


I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

3 Ways to Have a Conversation with Older Generations

By Roz Jones

Today I want to talk about having conversations with the elderly. Some people find it difficult or don’t know what to say to older people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Whether you work or volunteer at a nursing facility, have an elderly neighbor who you want to get to know, care for an older loved one, or some other way you interact with the elderly, knowing how to have better conversations with them helps both of you thrive. 

Senior members of the population are more prone to loneliness than other age groups. Weakened health, decline in physical mobility, and loss of driving privileges due to age all affect their ability to socialize. This doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy company.

3 Ways to Have a Conversation with Older Generations

  1. Ask open-ended questions. Ask about their family, for example. Encourage them to talk about their life. Seniors are a wealth of knowledge, filled with stories from decades of life experiences, funny stories, inspiring tales of courage, relationship stories, or even shocking things like wars or living in the Great Depression.
  1. Sit down with them with their photo albums, music records, or recipes and travel back through time, encouraging them to tell their stories behind the images.
  1. Try to find a quiet place that is relaxing and has few distractions. Turn off radios, televisions, and your phone. Be mindful of hearing challenges they might have. You may have to speak a little louder, slower, and more distinctly so they can understand your words. Be patient if they struggle to find the right words.

Use these conversation starters to help you build relationships with older generations.

  • What life experiences gave you the most happiness?
  • How did your military experience shape you?
  • Tell me about your friends growing up? What was school like?
  • What’s your view on ….? 
  • Do you recall the types of clothing or popular hairstyles of your youth?
  • What was your favorite time of day when you were younger?

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Why Do You Procrastinate?

By Roz Jones

If you have accepted that you are a procrastinator, there are many possible reasons that you do it. You may do it for entirely different reasons than those listed, but for most people, they fall into one or more of these reasons for procrastination. 

  • Fear of Failure – Many people don’t want to start something and finish it because they’re afraid they’ll do a lousy job, and they will fail. They often think if they’re not the best that they’ve failed too. 
  • Fear of Success – Likewise, some people are terrified of being a success. That might seem strange, but being successful in something can cause a lot of pressure on a person. 
  • You Don’t Like Doing It – This is a widespread reason for avoiding things that you need to do. The idea is if you really don’t like doing it, and someone else can do it for you, stop doing it. If it’s something you still must do, do it first, get it out of the way, and stop agonizing over it. 
  • You Don’t Know How to Do It – Sometimes a person puts off doing something because they don’t trust that they really know how to do it correctly, so they get stuck. If you don’t know how to do something, instead of putting it off, learn how, or find someone who knows to help you.
  • Lack of Desire or Motivation – If you put things off due to not having desire or motivation, this is just an excuse. It comes from the idea that everything you do needs to be something you’re jazzed about doing. This is where “writer’s block” comes from. For this problem, just start doing the thing for at least five minutes, and you’re likely to overcome it.
  • You Don’t Like Authority – For some people, they procrastinate because they simply don’t like anyone telling them when or what to do. Even if you’re not openly defiant, you have to ask yourself if this is one of your issues or not. If you feel resentful when given a deadline and start ignoring it right away, this might be an issue for you. The only way to overcome this is to realize that you’re only hurting yourself when you miss deadlines.

If you notice you’re procrastinating, missing deadlines, pulling a lot of overnighters, it’s essential to figure out why you’re doing it to yourself. Once you do, you can address those issues and overcome procrastination tendencies.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Increase Productivity with Mindfulness

By Roz Jones

It’s amazing how people ignore or squander the most limited resource they have, time. We are all given the same number of hours in a day to get things done. Why is it that some people are so fruitful, and others aren’t? If you’re always busy but don’t accomplish your goals, why not?

For the most part, it’s all about being mindful. If you are going through your days without any idea of what you’re going to do each day or what your goals are, it’s very easy to be distracted and flip from this thing to that thing without ever finishing anything. To start being more mindful about how you’re spending your time so that you can increase your productivity, try the following strategies.

Turn Off Distractions

When you are trying to experience anything from work to pleasure, turn off the technology that can distract you. For example, if you’re at the park with your kids, turn off your phone, and live in the moment with your children. If you are entering data for work, stop all phone calls and interruptions and enter the data.

In the first example, you’re going to create a wonderful memory for your kids, and in the second, you’re going to get done with the task at least 30 to 40 percent faster because humans cannot multitask efficiently. Instead, we just switch back and forth between focuses, taking longer to do the important task and even longer to readjust from where we left off, originally.

Take Mental Health Breaks

When you are having trouble focusing on something, instead of doing something that is going to further engage your brain, find a way to engage your senses by getting out in nature. Go for a walk outside if you can. If you cannot go outside, at least find a way to look outside, and taking some deep breaths can help too.

Taking even a five-minute break as you transition from task to task can make you much more conscious and aware of how you’re spending your time. Try to take a five-minute break between tasks and then every now and then take a more extended break to recharge your mind.

Finally, keep a journal so that you can reflect on your day. Write down what you accomplished today in bullet form. What did you do well? What would you do differently next time? What would you do to change the results you received? After all, knowing the results helps you stay aware of what’s happening at all times.

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After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

This is Harming Your Productivity

By Roz Jones

There are a few things you’re doing almost daily that are harming your productivity. You may be aware of them, or you may be living in denial. Let’s get real and examine these eight things you’re doing that make for unproductive days.

Not Planning – If you are not sitting down and making plans based on your objectives and goals, then you are wasting time. There is no possible way to get things done without having a notion of the direction you need to take and what needs to be done first, and what comes next, and what comes last.

Rushing Around – If you find that you are often rushing around, especially in the morning, there are ways to stop this. Get more prepared the night before, get up a little earlier, and only do what needs to be done.

Using Screens with No Objective – If you look at your phone every time you feel it vibrate or hear it beep, and keep the TV running for background noise, you’re using these screens in a wasteful way. Try turning the devices off when you’re doing something else. Only use these screens for specific, immediate information.

Not Eating Right – If you are not eating a healthy diet, find yourself skipping meals, and especially if you eat a lot of fast food, you are ruining your ability to focus. Try eating meals that are high in nutrition and easy to make. A chopped veggie salad with roast chicken is an example of a fast and easy meal.

Avoiding Exercise – If you don’t get intentional exercise, and you have a sedentary job, you may be causing yourself to be less able to focus, understand directions, and have energy. Food is even more important than exercise in terms of your health, mentally and physically.

Not Getting Enough Down Time – If you’re not adding in planned breaks to your task list, you’re making a huge mistake that can cause you to get done slower. Your brain is not meant to work without breaks.

Doing Busy Work – Checking your email every thirty minutes is a poor use of time, but it can make you feel busy. Instead, check your email at specific times throughout the day and only then.

Not Understanding the Results – If you don’t know what “finished” looks like, it’s hard to reach that point. When you know what the goals or the final stage looks like, you can make more specific and clear plans to reach your goals.

When you know what results you are working toward, and you have developed a well-thought-out plan that looks at all the factors involved, and you avoid distractions in your life, you’ll get so much more done. Just changing one of these factors can boost your productivity exponentially.

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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Three Productivity Book Suggestions

By Roz Jones

One way to increase your productivity is to read about how others do it. These three books are some of the best books about productivity that give you some out of the box ideas, as well as some science-tested ideas that will help you get more done each day. 

Any time you want to improve something in your life, reading about it is a great way to do so. It can motivate you to learn about whatever it is that you’re trying to change. These three books are all about how to stop procrastinating, create habits, and get more done in the time you have.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy 

This book has 21 ways for you to stop procrastinating so that you can get more done. He uses the frog metaphor to teach you to do that thing you don’t want to do to get it out of the way to stop procrastination so you can get more done each day.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

One of the ways to be more productive is to create good habits. This book helps you learn about how you can use habits to create an almost automatic way to succeed at what you want to do in life. Whether it’s weight loss, business success, or parenting, you can automate success through habits.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

Laura shows you that while we are all given the same amount of daily time at birth, you can choose to spend your time in ways that increase your productivity. You can have enough time to do all the things you need to do and want to do if you know how to plan it. You don’t have to do without.

Taking the time to read books about productivity is a great way to help yourself get on board with increasing your productivity with little tweaks to how you do things. You may decide to get up thirty minutes earlier. You may choose to go to bed later instead. It’s up to you, but you can increase your productivity if you want to.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

The Four Ds of Time Management

By Roz Jones

The 4 D’s of Time Management made popular by several time management experts like Jack Canfield, Mark Hansen, Less Hewitt, and others offer a simple way to think about the tasks you need to do and organize them accordingly. 

Assess each task that you think you need to accomplish and then give it one of four destinations so that you know how best to deal with it. 

Delete 

You don’t need to check your email continually to be successful. There are so many things that you don’t even need to do that you probably do because it makes you feel like you’re busy. The way to determine whether you should do something or not is to determine what the impact of not doing it is versus doing it. 

Delegate

Some things that you don’t want to do still need to be completed. If someone can do it better than you, often less expensively timewise than you can, see if you can find someone else to do it. That might mean delegating the task to your spouse, kids, or to someone that you pay. You can also pay your spouse and kids, if it’s work-related or worth it to you to transfer some money to them to avoid that task.

Defer

Not every task has to be done now. It’s best to put your tasks into chronological order, as well as batch them to save time, and again look at the impact the task has on your life. If it can be deferred without impact, go ahead and do that so that you can focus on the things that are impactful now.

Do

Now your task list should be much more manageable. When you prioritize tasks and do the ones that are most impactful each day first, you’ll start discovering that you have a lot more time than you thought, plus the things you choose to spend valuable time on are actually productive and not just busywork. 

This is a simple method to use to get control of your day and become more productive. Remember, being productive is about doing things that impact your goals by moving you forward so that you’ll be successful, realizing all your objectives. 

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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Avoid Falling for These 3 Time Management Myths

By Roz Jones

If you’ve been reading about time management for a while, which you probably have, since everyone is interested in being more productive, especially at the new year; you probably have fallen for at least one of these myths. 

Multitasking Helps You Get More Done Faster

If you’ve ever read job advertisements, you probably see them asking for “natural multitaskers” or “good multitaskers” as if this is good to be. The problem is scientifically, you cannot multitask. No one can. As a human, you can only truly focus on one thing at a time. 

A person who multitasks might get by and do a good enough job, but if they really focused, they’d do better. Study after study shows that multitasking reduces productivity, increases stress, and it’s not even actually possible and in some cases, may be dangerous. 

You Can’t Get More Time 

This is something that a lot of people will be surprised to read. While it’s true that we’re all born with the same number of hours in a day, and most of us will live to an average of 78.69 years old, you can buy other people’s time. Because of this fact, you can get more time if you can find the funds to do it.

You Can Manage Your Time 

When we talk about time management, we’re not really talking about managing time as much as we’re talking about managing the schedule you set for yourself, ensuring you have enough time and energy to do what needs to be done in the time given to get it done. 

This requires that you understand how long it takes you to accomplish the task, knowing how to do the task right, which technology or equipment you need, and that you have the right resources to get it done. All of this requires planning.

One of the most liberating things you can do for yourself is to destroy the myths that are in your mind as facts. It’s hard sometimes to realize that so much of what you think is true isn’t. We all have enough time to get things done, if only we know and implement the ways that work best for us moving forward.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

3 Ways to Become Disciplined

By Roz Jones

There are many ways that can contribute to becoming self-disciplined and being successful in all aspects of your life. Whether in terms of your fitness, relationships, or work ethic, self-discipline is the most important trait that you need, in order to be able to accomplish whatever you want. For example, a lot of successful people understand that discipline is the gateway to the achievement of their work or personal goals. In fact, they learned how to use discipline in their favor and be successful. The following are 3 more ways to become disciplined.

Set active goals

Active goal setting is a very important skill, if you want to become disciplined. In fact, it’s quite different than passive goal setting; with passive goal setting, you just set goals in your mind without properly defining them. But active goals have a profound meaning; you make plans and maybe you have already found some strategies, in order to be able to achieve them as soon as possible. So, you need to set some long-term goals, and you also have to actively track your progress towards your specific goals in life.

Ignore negativity

There may be people around you that can exert an immensely negative effect on you. But you don’t have to let them. More specifically, you don’t have to let words or even their expressions deter you. If you can not accomplish it, you can always seek advice from experts, in order to learn how to avoid negativity. For example, if people say what you want to accomplish is not possible or even sneer at your efforts, you should try to avoid them. Instead, you need to use your energy and strength and try to interact with positive people.

Practice Gratitude

You may spend too much time wanting a lot of things in your life. The habit of gratitude can help you move away from constantly wanting what you really don’t have. It’s time for you to start appreciating what you do have in your life and be happy about it. When you do this, you will begin to see some remarkable shifts in your life. Actually, the effects of gratitude are far-reaching. From improving your emotional well-being, to your mental health and spirituality, gratitude can offer you a lot. The most important thing is that gratitude can help you move from a state of lack towards a state of abundance. For instance, when you live in a state of lack, it’s impossible to focus on achieving your goals and being disciplined. So, you need to focus on positive things and try to succeed in your goals, without having stress. 

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Self-Discipline: Start the Year Off on the Right Foot

By Roz Jones

Self-discipline is an important skill every person who wants to achieve more in life should possess. Self-discipline is essential in every aspect of life. Even though most people recognize the benefits of self-discipline, very few do something to reinforce and grow this beneficial skill. 

Contrary to some beliefs, self-discipline is not being harsh to yourself or living a restrictive lifestyle. Self-discipline also means self-control. It is a sign of inner strength and control of your actions, and your reactions. Self-discipline provides the power to stick to hard decisions, and follow them without changing your mind. This means self-discipline is an important requirement for achieving vital goals. 

One of the main characteristics of self-discipline is the capability to reject pleasure and immediate enjoyment in favor of greater success, which is gained by spending time and effort. 

Why self-discipline is important

The possession of self-discipline helps you to continue with your plans and decisions until you achieve them. It also displays as an inner strength that helps you to overcome addictions, laziness, and procrastination. 

Self-discipline is an important ingredient for success. It is the ability not to give up regardless of setbacks and failures. In fact, it is an important pillar of stable, long-term success. It is a skill that will help you understand the importance of life. 

Want to cultivate your own self-discipline? I’m continuing this discussion with my newsletter readers tomorrow, you can sign up to get part two right in your inbox here!

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Goals in the New Year

By Roz Jones

The New Year is a great time to take a step back and think about what we want from the upcoming year. But in order to accomplish any of those big ideas, we have to make them into goals.

Whether you have the usual goals of eating better, starting an exercise routine, or staying off social media, or more personalized around your career, family, or personal hobbies, structured goal setting can be a great way to break down your wants and dreams into manageable steps.

Here are some resources that can help with that!

The Smart Goals Guide – A break down of how to set goals and how to make them work for you!

Celebrate You! – The New Year is a great time to focus on you! This infographic can serve as inspiration to think about what you want and how to chase those dreams.

Want more resources? Sign up for my newsletter here, and keep an eye on your inbox tomorrow for more resources for goal-setting in the new year.

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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

6 Powerful Ways to Use Positive Affirmations for Living in the Now

By Roz Jones

As the holidays come to a close, we may still find ourselves stressed from the different routines, the uptick in social gatherings, the mess of presents and food, or the extra responsibilities of caring for a loved one. This is a great time to take a few moments to practice mindfulness to bring that stress under control.

You probably already know that affirmations can help you be more successful in your life. Did you know there are ways you can supercharge your affirmations to make them even more powerful?

Use these six steps to up your affirmations’ effectiveness.

  • Make your affirmations in the active voice. For example, “I am (positive verb).”
  • Include emotions that are positive. You want them to make you feel good.
  • Make them in the present tense. For example, “I am” instead of “I will.”
  • Try to make them concise and focused but short and memorable.
  • Switch them out if they aren’t working well.
  • Focus on the positive, what you want.

Play around with the wording until it feels right for you. Some examples include:

“I enjoy getting healthier and slimmer every day.”

“I feel stronger and fitter choosing a healthier lifestyle.”

Say your affirmations at least two times a day.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Mindfulness for Reduced Stress

By Roz Jones

As the holidays come to a close, we may still find ourselves stressed from the different routines, the uptick in social gatherings, the mess of presents and food, or the extra responsibilities of caring for a loved one. This is a great time to take a few moments to practice mindfulness to bring that stress under control.

Being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to situations is called mindfulness. The mindful approach to dealing with stress lets you acknowledge and embrace it and then let it go instead of running or hiding from it. A mindful person feels relaxed, at peace and is observant.

Follow these tips to help you begin being more mindful and developing your mindset to embrace stress.

  • Be grateful every day. Schedule a regular time daily to write down 5 things you are grateful for. Don’t just list the same five things each day. Find little things such as the butterfly that landed on your shoulder or the smile from a stranger.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. When stressed, bring yourself back into the present moment with a deep breath and reset your emotions. Choose to be calm.
  • Reset your mindset. Ask yourself what you can learn from this challenge. Stress imprints on your mind to get you ready to handle similar stress in the future.
  • Write down what’s causing the stress and find an appropriate solution. Getting what’s worrying you down on paper can help you see a different perspective.
  • Do some self-reflection meditation. If you think meditation is just for yoga class or new-age aficionados, you may be surprised that it can be a healthy habit for everyone. Find a quiet space and start deep breathing. Clear your mind so you can self-reflect on calm and happy memories and things you’re thankful for.
  • Observe your own thoughts. You often react to stress automatically. This can lead to anxiety. Assess your thoughts and identify what is really happening.
  • Be mindful by focusing on what you’re doing, whether it’s eating, driving, or participating in a conversation. Part of our daily stress comes from having too many things on our minds at one time. Learning to be more mindful of your thoughts by focusing on what you are doing helps you embrace any stress of the moment in that moment.
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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

2 Weeks of Decluttering: Tasks for Daily Living

By Roz Jones

We’re finishing out our 2 weeks of decluttering with six small habits you can keep every day to keep yourself organized.

These few habits to do each day will make your world feel a lot less cluttered. Not only will your home be less cluttered but because of these tasks, your mind will also feel better too.

Make Your Bed — Every day, make your bed as soon as you get out of it. Shake out the sheets, fluff the pillows, and make the bed. When you do that, your room immediately feels cleaner, looks cleaner, and you’ll be more motivated to hop out of bed. It’s a nice transition before you get dressed to start your day. 

Put It Away — If you take something out to use it, when you are done, put it away. That seems super simple to say but it doesn’t always work that way. You may have to develop habits, but you can make it easier if you have the right storage solutions that aren’t difficult to implement. 

Take it Out — Every single day, get the kitchen trash bag and go around the other rooms to empty all the other trash buckets before you simply throw the kitchen trash out. This will create a habit that all your trash is gone at the end of each day.

Deal with Your Mail — Toss the things you don’t need to do anything to. File the things that need to be kept. Organize the bills in an orderly way so that you don’t forget to pay them on time. Set up an inbox so that you can put things you need to act on in the inbox to deal with if it’s something that will take longer than a moment.

Wipe Your Counters Daily — Before you go to bed, make it a habit to wipe down surfaces that have been used throughout the day. That way when you get up, you won’t have to do it again, unless you have cats. Then just wipe it down right before using to avoid wasting time, unless they are obviously dirty.

Clean Dishes & Sink Daily — One thing that also makes your home look and feel cluttered is a disorganized or dirty kitchen. It might seem like it’s okay to let the sink get full of dirty dishes but going to bed with that means you must wake up to that. Instead, load your dishwasher and run it each evening. 

When you do these six things each day you’re going to feel much less mental clutter and experience less physical clutter on a daily basis, which is going to make you much more productive. 

Here are my other previous blog posts of helpful tips for decluttering: Leverage Down Time, Create Habits to Get Things Done and Outsourcing.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Two Weeks of Decluttering: Outsourcing

By Roz Jones

Even though you’re a caregiver, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Nor should you even attempt it. Once you come to understand how and why this is true, you can become so much more productive. Everyone is given the same 24 hours in a day. However, only you can decide which tasks are the most important for you to do personally.

Other qualified people can take care of the remaining tasks for you, whether they are related to work needs, home needs, or your personal needs. Here are a few ideas many people need or prefer to outsource to someone else.

Deep Cleaning – You can hire someone a few times each year to deep clean your home. They could clean the floors, baseboards, and windows, etc. Doing this seasonally helps you to focus better because you don’t have to fight the clutter to get things done. You can usually get this done for a few hundred dollars a year, depending on your needs.  

Organizing – Some people will come into your Kitchen, for example, and arrange it properly for you. Your job after it’s done is to keep it organized. Since they are professionals, they likely know the best way that will make it easy for you to keep up.

Yard Work – A lot of families do outsource yard work. You can probably find people right in your own neighborhood that want to earn extra money doing yard work regularly. You can also hire a professional company depending on the results you are expecting and your budget.

Laundry – There are still laundromats and laundry services out there. Most dry cleaners will also do clothing washing, but laundromats are usually a less expensive alternative. They usually charge by the pound. You can even hire someone to come to your home to do your laundry.

Shopping – You can outsource most shopping tasks including grocery shopping. Depending on how organized you are, you may not need to make a list for your shopper. Your shopper will go through the store, selecting the items you requested and bring them to you. Get Alexa to help you make your list, if possible. You can save hours each week by outsourcing shopping and running errands.

Tutoring & Homework Help – Even though this seems like a good time to experience quality time with your kid, it’s not. You can get more done by letting someone else do this so that you can spend that free hour or two doing something fun with your kid instead. 

What is something around your home that you would outsource if you could afford it? Once you identify that, start finding ways to be able to pay for it within six months. You’ll be so happy when you outsource the things that don’t require your personal attention, fully.

Here’s the link for my previous posts about decluttering: Create Habits to Get Things Done and Leverage Down Time

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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

2 Weeks of Decluttering: Create Habits to Get Things Done

By Roz Jones

How many times have you woken up with incredible willpower and motivation to get things done but quickly hit a wall that stops you in your tracks? This is something that happens to everyone, but there is an easy fix. Create habits to get more done so that you never have to rely on willpower.

You already have good habits built into your day. For example, you get up, bathe, brush your teeth, get dressed, etc. You also have set routines scheduled for getting ready for work. All of the little tasks that you do, with little thought, are your habits. You may not realize it. However, these small habits kick in automatically to help you get 60 to 70% of things done during the day.

Start with The Clock

The first thing you need to do to create a habit is to use your clock as your guide. If you know that an activity takes you 2 hours, you’ll need to schedule the thing you want to remember to do with enough time to do it. At first, you’re just going to go do the thing when the alarm tells you to. 

Link Habits Together

If you already have a habit that you can alter a bit to make it healthier for you, that is also a good way to make a habit. For example, if you always like to eat snacks while watching TV, you have a habit. Likely, the moment you sit down to watch TV your brain says you’re hungry, so you must get the snack. You can now simply choose a healthy snack such as a couple sliced apples instead of a bag of gummies. 

Create One Habit At A Time

Don’t try to create a bunch of new habits at once. Take your time. Try to create one new good habit that keeps your life uncluttered no more than monthly. You may want to give it a couple months for each new habit to be ingrained. 

When you create habits, it’s so much better than needing to rely on willpower. When you build a habit, it will carry you through lots of things even when you don’t feel like it. You won’t even realize you’re still doing all those things that you turned into habits.

Take a look here at my last post about other helpful ways to declutter by leveraging your downtime.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

Two Weeks of Decluttering: Leverage Down Time

By Roz Jones

Over the next two weeks, let’s take a look at the many ways to bring a little simplicity to our lives amidst the chaos of the holidays!

There are times in your life that become downtime through no planning or thought of your own. For example, driving from place to place, waiting in line, waiting for the microwave, sitting at the doctor’s office, and so forth. You’re just standing there or sitting there doing nothing. However, you can make these times productive, if you plan ahead.

Driving 

If you’re simply riding in a vehicle, rather than driving, you can probably get a lot of work done. For instance, use the time to delete emails that you no longer need. If you are driving, you can use the time to learn something new with audiobooks and podcasts.

Waiting in Line 

When you’re in a long line for something, you can take that time to go over your to-do list to better organize it and determine exactly what you’re going to do when you’re done with this line. You can also answer email, pay bills, and other things if you use your smartphone for these things.

Waiting on Food

Even if you’re home, waiting on your microwave to heat up the leftovers, you can things done during those 2 minutes. Wipe off counter tops or declutter the table. Stretch or run in place for two minutes – do anything from your list that you can accomplish in the available time frame.

Doctor’s Waiting Room 

Some doctors’ offices do a better job of scheduling appointments than others. Depending on how much the office overbooks, you may have a very long wait. Take a hobby project with you such as crocheting or work that you need to complete within the next 5 days. You can answer email, text your mom, or use the time to find affiliate products your readers need and write (or draft) an email to send to them. Just don’t get so caught up in your hobby or work that you don’t hear the nurse call your name when it’s your turn to see the doctor.

Sitting Waiting on Carpool

When you’re sitting waiting on carpool, you need to pay attention to what is around you, but you can still get something done. If you’re parked, you can use that time to make phone calls to set up any appointments, make any reservations, and set up things for any of your to-do list items.

Doing things during this downtime is a great way to use those extra minutes that you’re not even aware of most of the time. That way when you’re doing with your day, you can sit back, watch TV if you want to, and not worry about anything being left undone. 

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I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!

How the Lack of Self Care Can Lead to an Unhappy Life: part 2

By Roz Jones

Self-care is often seen as a luxury, but did you know it can lead to a longer, happier life? Without self-care, you’re likely to end up feeling stressed, tired, and generally unhappy.
Here, we’ll look at how a lack of self-care can lead to an unhappy life. You will also learn some of the signs to watch out for that you need more self-care in your life.

(continued from part 1 here)

You’ll seek unhealthy enjoyment
Another thing that tends to happen when you lack self-care, is you’ll seek unhealthy enjoyment. It could be overindulging in junk food because it makes you feel better. Or you could turn to alcohol or drugs to escape.
When you start turning to unhealthy habits for comfort, it’s going to lead to additional issues. You’ll also feel unhappier, particularly if you drink in excess. Alcohol is a depressant which can leave you feeling a lot worse than you started.

Weight gain
Many people who don’t take care of themselves experience some level of weight gain. The more weight you gain, the unhappier you are going to be. It can be difficult to lose weight, so focus on self-care to help you to avoid this potential challenge.

You never feel good enough
Self-care is something you do because you are worth it. Therefore, if you fail to take care of yourself, you can end up feeling like you are never good enough. As you are constantly tired and juggling life’s responsibilities, you may feel like you are a failure, or you simply don’t measure up to others.


These are just some of the things that can happen when you don’t follow a self-care routine. The effects can be severe, causing you to lead an unhappy and unfulfilled life. So, if you’re looking to lead a happier life, now is the time to start focusing on your needs and making self-care a priority.

I’ve just launched Shop With Roz, my online store filled with supplies and gifts for every caregiver. You can find a wide variety of products in the store to help yourself and your loved one. Check it out here!

After you have a look through the store, see any products you use and love as a caregiver, and think we should share them with everyone? Let me know!

It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.

Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for December. Email assistrozjones@gmail.com for more info!

Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!