In an effort to help serve caregivers, the Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization in association with Johns Hopkins, Syracuse and Columbia Universities, established Caregivers’ Monday in 2011. The Monday Campaigns recommends that family caregivers set aside time for themselves each week. Caregivers’ Monday is just that – a day dedicated to the care of caregivers.
Sid Lerner, the campaign's founder, said, "Day in and day out, millions of family caregivers put all of themselves into helping their loved ones, often neglecting their own health and well-being. Caregivers' Monday encourages them to use that first day of each hectic week as their recharge day, to refocus on their own condition so to better serve their dependent parent, child or spouse."
Sherri Snelling, chief executive officer and founder of the Caregiving Club, offers family caregivers "Me Time Monday," a series of helpful videos and tip sheets. "Our materials encourage caregivers to balance self-care while caring for a loved one. We support the national movement to adopt healthy behaviors and prevent chronic illness by starting new activities on a Monday," Snelling said.
Research shows that Monday is the perfect time for a fresh start. Family caregivers can look to this day to exercise, start a healthy diet, quit smoking or simply rest.
The Monday Campaigns invites caregiver organizations, such as CareLinx to join them in creating a Caregivers’ Monday movement. Help them convince caregivers to set aside Monday as the day to care for themselves. Why Monday? Because research shows that, on the first day of the week, people set weekly health intentions and are looking for help.
To help caregivers use Monday as their recharge day, Caregivers' Monday offers its Resource Kit. It includes 52 healthy tips and a wallet calendar to remind caregivers to take time-off every Monday.
Please join CareLinx and other caregiver organizations in recognizing this important day each week and spreading the word so caregivers can be sure to set time aside for themselves and their well being.