Caregivers lead a life in service to others. One aspect of the lifestyle is that the pressure and stress of the job can become overwhelming. There are ways to ward off or overcome that overwhelmed feeling. It becomes about learning to take time off from the Caregiving job to spend time doing things just for oneself. Take time off from the job of taking care of others for some time each day.
Here are some hints on how to be kind to oneself, in your role as Caregiver:
- Meditate daily. Even a 5 minute meditation first thing every morning can set the tone for the day. If you have time to meditate more, great! If you need help learning how to meditate, there are numerous online sources of inspiration and methodology. Use the an Internet search engine and search for “how do i learn to meditate”. You will be directed to thousands of website that can help you.
- Take some time to be kind to yourself each day. This can be a short walk, a cup of tea in your backyard garden, a trip to your yoga studio or gym, or a short nap.
|Another word that comes to mind regarding Caregiver health and stress relief, is RESPITE.|
Respite is defined by one Internet source as “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.” Your short events listed above qualify as respite.
However, there are additional ways for longer periods of time for respite that involve getting away from the person for whom you care. They can be any of the following:
- A trip to a day spa- for at least half a day.
- Attend a Caregiver support group.
- Get involved with other Caregivers and plan social events together.
- And of course, there’s the BIG one – VACATION! This one is highly recommended. Do it for a few days often or annually for a longer period of time.
When the Caregiver comes back to their role after respite, they are likely to be better Caregivers. They will be joyful and rested. This joy translates to creative thinking and making better decisions as a Caregiver. It makes your tasks lighter. This is the goal. Lighten the load and find ways to enjoy the special role the Universe has given you — the role of Caregiver.
Always remember the most important rule:
|Take care of yourself first, so you CAN take care of others.|
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