2020 was without a shadow of a doubt, a very challenging year for caregivers. With that said, maybe we can go back and find some good moments or learning experiences here and there. Let's find out!
Simply put, a self-assessment is when you take a step back in life in order to conduct an honest and objective self-evaluation. That means focusing on this year's positive and difficult times with the aim of preparing yourself for next year.
In other words, conducting an assessment allows us to rise above our current situation. We know very well that it is not always easy to delegate the time to stop and reflect, especially for the many caregivers that already have a hectic daily routine. This assessment is not mandatory, but if adventure entices you, here's some food for thought.
The results may come as a shock– but maybe 2020 is sprinkled with more positive moments that we initially thought?
It's true that there are many ways to reflect, but we decided to go with the following series of open-ended questions:
When drawing conclusions, use a forward-looking lens, i.e., think about what your goals are for the upcoming year. This section will be called "personal advice." Below are some sample questions to guide you in your reflection. Feel free to add your own.
How do I frame the advice? The important thing is to frame the advice in a way that suits you and allows you to implement your goals in a clear and realistic manner.
For example, a piece of personalized advice could be: This month, for my physical well-being, I will ride my stationary bike for 30 minutes three times a week.
Given your situation and your abilities, identify solutions that could help you move forward. Ultimately, if the advice is no longer realistic you can always modify it as you go. To do this, we encourage you to refocus on your initial desire to improve your daily life which is what the advice is meant for. The number of personalized pieces of advice is unique to each individual.
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