If you’re a caregiver, we’re not telling you something you don’t already know…you have a very stressful job! Many caregivers—regardless of age—don’t realize they’ve signed up for a more-than-full-time, 24-hour-a-day job.
You already know you need to take time for yourself. However, it’s been our experience that many caregivers don’t.
Just as you attend to your loved one’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, you must find time to take care of these needs for yourself. “Taking care of you” is different for everyone. Sometimes you need to go to a doctor’s appointment, go to work or take a vacation. Take a moment to read a book, take a shower or a nap. Find out what your stress-reliever is and do it.
If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of your loved one. So let’s get rid of the guilt: take care of yourself and then take care of them.
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.